The Dallas Voice reports about why Exxon Mobile has the lowest and the first negative score in HRC’s annual Corporate Equality Index history.
Exxon Mobil failed to meet any of the criteria for the 2012 Index, and had points deducted for engaging in activities that undermine LGBT equality. As a result, the company received a score of minus-25 from HRC. Before Exxon and Mobil merged in 1999, Mobil offered domestic partnership benefits and had an employment nondiscrimination policy that included sexual orientation. However, ExxonMobil did away with both the benefits and the policy after the merger, and has repeatedly resisted shareholder efforts to amend the policy to protect gay employees. The 2012 Index marks the first year HRC has handed out negative scores, and Exxon Mobil was the only company to receive one.
Chevron (which includes Texaco) is the only oil company to score a 100% in case you are wondering who to go to instead.