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BJ's Wholesale Club Earns Top Marks in 2017 Corporate Equality Index

Company earns 100 percent on Human Rights Campaign Foundation's fifteenth annual scorecard on LGBT workplace equality

December 5, 2016 7:25 AM EST

WESTBOROUGH, Mass., Dec. 5, 2016 -- BJ's Wholesale Club proudly announced that it received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. BJ's Wholesale Club joins the ranks of 517 major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this year.

"BJ's Wholesale Club is committed to creating a diverse workplace through its values of Team, Community, Respect and Integrity," said Chris Baldwin, president and CEO, BJ's Wholesale Club. "Working to ensure a diverse and supportive culture, BJ's offers a wide range of policies, services and practices that promote inclusion for all Team Members."

This past year, the BJ's Team Member Resource Group dedicated to LGBT associates and allies, "Pride," participated in the fundraiser Bowling Against Bullying to support Boston PFLAF and OUT Metrowest. Future events with Pride are planned to support LGBT nonprofits, including a food drive to support an LGBT youth pantry kicking off in January.

The 2017 CEI rated 1,043 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBT community. BJ's Wholesale Club's efforts in satisfying all of the CEI's criteria results in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.

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For more information on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

About BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc.
Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ's is the leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. The company currently operates 214 clubs and 130 BJ's Gas® locations in 15 states. 

BJ's provides a one-stop shopping destination filled with top-quality, leading brands, including its exclusive Wellsley Farms and Berkley Jensen brands, along with USDA Choice meats, premium produce and delicious organics, many in supermarket sizes. BJ's is also the only major membership warehouse club to accept all manufacturers' coupons and, for greater convenience, offers the most payment options.

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BJ's is wholly owned by affiliates of Leonard Green & Partners, CVC Capital Partners and its management team.

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