Extreme Earned 90/100 in the HRC 2023-2024 Corporate Equality Index


On behalf of the Pride Alliance ERG, I’m proud to say that in our first year participating in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, Extreme earned a score of 90 out of a possible 100 points!

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2023-2024 Corporate Equality Index is the foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality in the US. The results of the 2023-2024 CEI showcase how U.S.-based companies are promoting LGBTQ+ friendly workplace policies in the U.S. and abroad. These critical non-discrimination protections cover 21 million employees in the U.S. and around the globe. 

The CEI rates companies on detailed criteria falling under four central pillars:

  • Non-discrimination policies across business entities;
  • Equitable benefits for LGBTQ+ workers and their families;
  • Supporting an inclusive culture; and,
  • Corporate social responsibility.

Achieving a near-perfect score on our first attempt took a HUGE effort from groups across Extreme! I want to say thank you to:

  • Chris Cook, Blair Donald and everyone on the Pride Alliance OUTReach subcommittee for driving this initiative forward
  • Demetrius Cunningham and our DEI team for supporting this initiative and chasing down the documentation we needed to show our internal training and accountability efforts
  • Kimberley Basnight and our amazing HR team for being so willing to add more inclusive benefits for Extreme employees
  • Cheryl Burton and our fantastic legal team for keeping us on track with our documentation
  • Eric Miller and our partner team for driving our Supplier Diversity Program

These kinds of efforts show that Extreme isn’t just talking about DEI efforts, we’re making changes that impact employees and make our workplace more inclusive as a whole. To learn more about careers at Extreme or our ERG groups, visit our Careers Page.

“For well over two decades, businesses have played an important role in furthering LGBTQ+ equality by centering employee needs and voices when it comes to workplace inclusion. While there is much more work to be done, year-over-year growth in CEI participation is evidence of a business community that recognizes the responsibility and value in upholding equity and inclusion,” said RaShawn “Shawnie” Hawkins, Human Rights Campaign Sr Director of Workplace Equality. “Our goal at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation is to work in a spirit of partnership with companies, providing educational resources and leading benchmarking, and collaborating on ways for businesses to support the LGBTQ+ community at a time when we face unprecedented legislative attacks, heightened anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric and physical violence. The CEI is an ever-evolving tool – a blueprint that companies can use to show up more effectively in supporting their LGBTQ+ employees and their families.”  

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Tim Oldman
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Tim joined Extreme Networks as an iPam, then became a VSAM and now is now an Inside Sales Distribution Manager covering teams in the U.K., Southern Europe, and META.

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