Ballard Spahr received a 100 percent rating in the 2021 edition of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation's Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation’s premier benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality.

This is the fourth year in a row Ballard Spahr has received a perfect rating, which recognizes the firm's benefits and protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer employees and their families. By satisfying all of the CEI's criteria, Ballard Spahr earned the designation of a "Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality."

Ballard Spahr was among 767 employers nationwide to receive the highest possible score. The 2021 CEI rated 1,142 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBTQ-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, employment benefits, support of an inclusive culture, and corporate social responsibility.

Ballard Spahr's commitment to diversity is reflected in its employment policies, community involvement, and recruiting initiatives. The firm's business resource groups include Equality Ballard: LGBTQIA+ Colleagues and Allies, which provides opportunities for business development and pro bono outreach to the LGBTQIA+ community while maintaining a supportive internal environment.