American Airlines is the most faith-friendly among Fortune 500 companies, according to a survey on religious freedom released Monday.
The 2022 Corporate Religious Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (REDI), compiled by the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, measures corporate commitment to “religious inclusion in the workplace,” specifically, how faith is included as part of general company diversity initiatives.
Four tech-related companies — chipmaker Intel Corp., computer maker Dell Technologies, online payments firm PayPal and semiconductor maker Texas Instruments — round out the top five in the REDI index.
The Annapolis-based foundation said data center provider Equinix, retail giant Target, food processor Tyson Foods, financial services firm AIG and online search leader Alphabet/Google round out the top 10 ranking. leading companies committed to supporting employees in their faith.
The results of the foundation’s third annual survey will be released Monday at the group’s Dare to Overcome conference, a gathering for corporate chaplains and employee resource group facilitators.
The conference, which organizers say is open to “all religions and beliefs,” allows people to share best practices on how companies can accommodate the religious needs of workers.
“This is really an example that religion, which often seems to be something that can polarize, is something that brings people together,” said foundation president Brian Grim. “What’s happening in corporate America is not only good for business, but it’s a great example of how our society can also benefit from working together, seeing how we can work together and respect people of all religions and beliefs.”
Mr. Grim said “working together” is the right thing to do for companies and can help them retain employees in a challenging job market.
“If some of your best employees turn out to be people of faith … you don’t want to lose them,” he said.
Of the 500 companies on Fortune magazine’s list, 202 mention, refer to or illustrate religion on their diversity front page, according to the foundation’s report. Companies that publicly reported employee resource groups that address faith accounted for 37, or 7.4%, of the Fortune 500.
The foundation’s survey found several positive practices among the most faith-friendly companies. Companies say training employees on religious diversity and inclusion “is seen as a benefit to a wide range of stakeholders, contributing to a positive work culture and a better understanding of customers and markets,” according to the report. .
The firms also provide corporate chaplains “or other forms of spiritual care” for employees, and offer “clear procedures” for workers who report religious discrimination or request religious accommodations. Companies also often match employee donations to faith-based charities, the foundation said.
An important activity among top-scoring companies is that they “enthusiastically share” their best practices in the area of religious inclusion with other companies, including competitors, through direct consultations, seminars, roundtables and conferences.
The 2022 survey was expanded from surveying the top 100 on the Fortune list to include not only the full list of 500 companies, but also allowing other companies to sign up and disclose their faith-supporting practices.
Smaller companies participating included TeaPak, a northern Italy-based herbal tea and infusion processor and supplier to the Yogi Tea group, and Qualtrics, which tracks customer experience and engagement management. customer. Both companies scored high on the index, Grim said.
“What we do on Friday, Saturday and Sunday comes right to our door on Monday,” he said. “For many people, their religious experiences, convictions and beliefs are what motivate them in life. Companies that let people feel like they recognize that will do much better because people feel welcome. They are valued as people and not just as bots or robots that come to work, grab something and go home.”