We know that Mars is at its best when it is composed of Associates from diverse backgrounds. So we're pleased to announce that for the second consecutive year, we received a score of 90 percent on the Corporate Equality Index, a national report on corporate policies and practices relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
After receiving a 60 percent in 2015, we looked at different ways to further establish our commitment to a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we put into place a number of different initiatives to ensure we're pulling from a diverse talent pool and fostering workplace inclusivity. We've launched technologies designed to eliminate bias in the application and assessment process, resulting in a larger and more diverse talent pool. We also offer inclusive leadership training for line managers to drive diversity of thought across our business. Additionally, we added transgender benefits to our list of LGBTQ-related policies, which includes non-discrimination protections and domestic partner benefits. Outside the office, we celebrated the LGBTQ community by participating in both the New York City and London Pride parades.
Allowing our Associates to be themselves at work has not only helped us achieve our 90 percent ranking, but it's helped us earn the number 3 position on the 2018 “World's Best Workplaces” list. Knowing our Associates feel valued, no matter who they are or what their background may be, is a source of pride for Mars. We look forward to furthering our commitment to diversity and inclusion, and we believe that together, we can reach that 100 percent score.