NEW YORK, Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company, the primary U.S. subsidiary of the global AXA Group, has earned a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation's Corporate Equality Index (CEI), recognizing the company as one of the "Best Places to Work for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Equality." Founded in 1980, the HRC is the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans. The CEI report is the premier national benchmark for LGBT workplace inclusion. It evaluates companies on their policies and practices covering LGBT employees. The 2014 CEI rated 934 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. "We are extremely proud of AXA's long-standing commitment to workplace equality and we are honored to receive this recognition," said Nick Lane, head of AXA's U.S. Life and Retirement business. "We look forward to continuing to work with and in the LGBT community, striving for excellence in promoting workplace inclusion, diversity, equality and financial literacy." AXA Equitable has a history of supporting its LGBT employees by adopting programs to improve workplace equality, including offering health-care benefits to same-sex couples for the past ten years. AXA Pride, an employee resource group founded in 2009, creates and sustains an AXA presence in the LGBT community to drive business results and promote equality for all employees. In addition, many AXA Advisors financial professionals located in branches across the country specialize in financial planning for same-sex couples and their families. For more information on the 2014 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei. About HRC The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.