SOUTHWEST AIRLINES EARN TOP SCORE IN THE 2022 HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN CORPORATE EQUALITY INDEX

DALLAS, January 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) proudly announced it has received a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation’s premier benchmark research and report that examines corporate policies and practices. to measure LGBTQ+ equality in the workplace. Southwest Airlines® joins the more than 840 major US companies that also earned the highest marks this year.

“At Southwest Airlines, it’s important that every employee feels welcome and accepted when they come to work every day,” he says. John Suarez, Southwest Airlines Vice President Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). “We are proud to be recognized for our continued commitment to equality by being named the best workplace for LGBTQ+ equality in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index for the eighth consecutive year.”

“When the Human Rights Campaign Foundation created the Corporate Equality Index 20 years ago, we dreamed that LGBTQ+ workers — from the factory floor to headquarters, in cities and towns — would have access to the policies and benefits needed to to thrive and live authentic life,” said Jay Brown, Human Rights Campaign Senior Vice President Programs, Research and Training. “We’re proud that the Corporate Equality Index has paved the way for that reality for countless LGBTQ+ workers in America and abroad. But there’s more to do, so we’re raising the bar once again to promote fairer workplaces and a better tomorrow for LGBTQ+ workers everywhere. Congratulations to Southwest Airlines for achieving the title of ‘Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality’ and for advancing inclusion in the workplace.”

The 2022 CEI results show how 1,271 US-based companies are not only promoting LGBTQ+-friendly workplace policies in the US, but also for the 56% of CEI-classified companies with global operations that are causing the uptake of LGBTQ+ in workplaces abroad. Southwest Airlines’ efforts to meet all of the CEI’s criteria resulted in a 100% ranking and designation as one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality”.

Southwest Airlines believes that training and development are powerful tools for progress and change. It’s all part of fostering an environment where everyone feels safe, respected, valued and supported – behaviors consistent with the company values ​​and DEI promise of team, value and respect. Join the carrier’s Talent Community to stay up to date with equality-centric company vacancies.

ABOUT THE HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN FOUNDATION
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America’s largest civil rights organization committed to equality for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders and queers (LHBTQ+). Through its programs, the HRC Foundation seeks to transform the everyday lives of LGBTQ+ people, shed light on inequality and increase public understanding of LGBTQ+ issues, with a clear focus on promoting transgender people. and racial justice. Her work has transformed the landscape for more than 15 million employees, 11 million students, 1 million clients in the adoption and foster care system, and much more. The HRC Foundation provides direct consultation and technical assistance to institutions and communities and promotes the promotion of inclusive policies and practices; it builds the capacity of future leaders and allies through fellowship and training programs; and with a firm belief that we are stronger working together, it forges partnerships with attorneys in the US and around the world to increase our impact and shape the future of our work.

ABOUT SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.
Southwest Airlines Co. operates one of the world’s most admired and awarded airlines and offers its unique value and hospitality at 121 airports in 11 countries. Celebrating his 50e Anniversary in 2021, Southwest took flight in 1971 to democratize the air through friendly, reliable and cheap air travel and now carries more air travelers flying in non-stop the United States than any other airline1. Located in Dallas Known for its employee-centric corporate culture, Southwest has an unprecedented record of involuntary leave or layoffs in its history. Due to its more than 55,0002 People to deliver unparalleled hospitality, the maverick airline nurtures a passionate loyalty among a staggering 130 million customers transported each year. That success formula brought industry-leading prosperity and 47 consecutive years3 of profitability for Southwest Shareholders (NYSE:LUV). Southwest continues to develop tangible steps toward an environmental sustainability goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, including providing the opportunity for customers to contribute to helping Southwest offset its carbon footprint. For more information, visit Southwest.com/wannaoffsetcarbon. Learn more at Southwest.com/citizenship about how Southwest Airlines is leveraging a unique legacy and mission to serve communities around the world.

1) U.S. Dept. of Transportation most recent notification of passengers boarding domestically
2) full time-equal active employees
3) 1972-2019 annual profitability

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