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Once conservative companies are becoming more LGBT inclusive

Reuters ranks the most inclusive big businesses.
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Thomson Reuters has released their top 100 companies which proved to be the most diverse and inclusive places to work.

Determining the rankings of the companies, Reuters looked at board gender diversity, promotional programs and in-house childcare services.

This criteria was then measured on the importance of each category and compared to the policies of peer brands.

A majority of the companies that made the list were pharmaceutical and consumer companies according to Business Insider, however technology powerhouses such as Microsoft and Cisco scored high in ratings.

McKinsey and MIT studies have shown that a more diverse and inclusive job atmosphere has a positive effect on productivity and profitability.

Many companies are becoming more friendly towards their LGBT employees by integrating welcoming policies into broad development plans.

Here are the top seven companies that scored highest on Reuters' Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Index according to Business Insider:

7. Clorox Co.

Company: Clorox Co.

Examples: Clorox's employee resource groups (ERGs), which help foster mentorship and career development, work with the company's marketing teams on product placements. For example, the company developed its first LGBT-targeted product at Burt's Bees, thanks to the push from its LGBT ERG team members.

D&I score: 74.75%

Overall ranking: 25

6. Microsoft Corp

Company: Microsoft Corp

Examples: The company strives to promote diversity through its recruiting efforts, and offers perks for young parents as well as domestic partner benefits for its LGBT employees. Microsoft also launched a scholarship to support high school students with disabilities to go to college.

D&I score: 75.25%

Overall ranking: 22

5. Procter & Gamble Co.

Company: Procter & Gamble Co.

Examples: P&G has spent $2.6 billion with women and minority-owned suppliers, according to its latest diversity and inclusion annual report. The firm also ran a symposium last October, focusing on the experience of deaf and blind employees.

D&I score: 75.50%

Overall ranking: 21

4. Cisco Systems Inc

Company: Cisco Systems

Examples: The firm has been working with organizations like the Hispanic IT Executive Council and The Society of Women Engineers in a bid to hire more underrepresented minorities and women to Cisco. Executive chairman and former CEO John Chambers also made all managers read Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In, and pushed for more women to take on leadership roles.

D&I score: 77.75%

Overall ranking: 9

3. Colgate-Palmolive Co.

Company: Colgate-Palmolive Co.

Examples: Colgate encourages employees to participate in network groups like the Asian Heritage Group and Women's Network. The firm also established several educational and cultural programs to improve children's oral health and provide financial aid to Hispanic students.

D&I score: 78%

Overall ranking: 8

2. Eli Lilly and Co.

Company: Eli Lilly and Co.

Examples: Lilly has a training program for minority physicians to do clinical trials via several partnerships. The company also created a mentor/protege program to help connect diverse small businesses with Lilly's larger suppliers.

D&I score: 78.75%

Overall ranking: 7

1. Johnson & Johnson

Company: Johnson & Johnson

Examples: J&J created a supplier diversity program back in 1998 and has consistently outspent its targets, according to its website. The company also offers online services like Mentoring Works! and J&J Diversity University to help employees incorporate diversity when they collaborate.

D&I score: 79.75%

Overall ranking: 4