Ascena scores 100% on CEI for gender balance

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New Jersey (US)-based Ascena Retail Group has secured 100 per cent rating on Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for greater gender balance in its Boardroom.

HRC’s ideology aligned with Ascena’s commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR), diversity and inclusion. The company’s non-discrimination policies, equal welfares for LGBTQ employees and their relatives, internal education and accountability metrics to promote LGBTQ and public commitment to LGBTQ equality were considered by HRC while honouring the retailer.

“Earning the HRC distinction reflects the commitment we’ve made as a company and to diversity and inclusion as a whole. It is a proud moment for Ascena. Our culture set-up long ago is still being nurtured today,” avers David Jaffe, Chairman and CEO of the company.

Ascena is known for supporting the LGBTQ community. It even hosted special shopping events for the transgender community as early as 1965.

The opulent diversity of 64,000 employees makes the company even stronger as together they deliver best-in-class fashion and experience to all women and girls through various company-owned brands such as Ann Taylor, LOFT, Lou & Gre, maurices, dressbarn, Lane Bryant and Catherines, adds Jaffe.