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Intel ranks first among faith-friendly Fortune 500 companies

The nonprofit organization Religious Freedom & Business Foundation ranked Intel Corp. as “most faith-friendly” among Fortune 500 companies in its “2023 Corporate Religious Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Index. The index monitors how religion is incorporated by corporate America into their “diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives,” and it assesses companies based on their support for employees to express their religious beliefs. The index keeps tabs on companies that feature religion on their primary diversity web pages, support employee resource groups related to faith, incorporate religious teachings in diversity training, offer corporate chaplain services, and provide religious accommodations for workers. American Airlines secured the second position in the REDI Index, while Equinix, a data center firm, claimed the third spot.

The Washington Times reports:

A public policy advocacy group has named semiconductor chipmaker Intel Corp. as the “most faith-friendly” Fortune 500 company.

The nonprofit Religious Freedom & Business Foundation released its “2023 Corporate Religious Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Index” on Monday at the group’s annual conference on faith at work.

The index tracks “corporate America’s inclusion of religion as an integral part of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives” and ranks companies in their support of employee religious expression.

The index monitored companies that listed religion on their main diversity web pages, sponsored employee resource groups, included faith in diversity training, provided corporate chaplains and offered religious accommodation to workers.

Following Intel, American Airlines took second place in the REDI Index, with data center firm Equinix taking third. Rounding out the top 10 were PayPal and Salesforce (tied for fourth place), Dell Technologies, AIG, Tyson Foods, and Google and Texas Instruments (tied for ninth).

Most of the firms noted for inclusion have set up employee resource groups, in which colleagues can meet to observe religious occasions — for instance, Muslim workers gathering during Ramadan — as well as educate management about spiritual needs.

The groups also can get involved in social action. Equinix’s FaithConnect ERG supported the A21 campaign against human trafficking and slavery by holding three global calls with more than 600 individuals who raised more than $30,000 for the effort.

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