Corporate Equality Index: 2011 Statements from Employers that Rated 100 Percent

Air Products & Chemicals Inc.
Shinder Dhillon, Global Director, Talent Management, Diversity & Inclusion
“Words cannot convey how we feel about this honor from the Human Rights Campaign.  For Air Products to achieve a 100% rating on the Corporate Equality Index and be named by HRC as one of the Best Places to Work strengthens our resolve to create and sustain a work environment that is inclusive of all our colleagues.  It has been a journey for us and one that continues, but it is great to receive this kind of acknowledgment that we are doing the right things.”

Ameriprise Financial Inc.
Jason Buss, Vice President of Talent Acquisition and Diversity
"Our business is built on relationships and on meeting the unique needs of our clients. We couldn’t do this without the varied backgrounds and perspectives that our employees bring to the workplace. Diversity enriches our corporate culture and helps us deliver the innovative ideas and financial solutions that make a difference in our clients’ lives.”

Barnes & Noble Inc.
Michelle Smith, Vice President of Human Resources
"Barnes & Noble is proud to achieve a perfect score for the third year in a row on the Corporate Equality Index.  At Barnes & Noble we are as passionate about our booksellers as we are about bookselling. It is an honor to be recognized for our dedication to recruiting the best and most diverse talent and providing them with expanded and competitive benefits. Our booksellers make the Barnes & Noble experience special for our customers, and we make enormous efforts to create a rewarding career experience for each of them. We also believe a great bookstore is a reflection of its community as well as its booksellers, and annually host more than 100,000 local events, which support and reflect the diversity of the communities we serve."



Baker & McKenzie
Eduardo Leite, Chairman of the Executive Committee
"We are delighted that the Human Rights Campaign has given Baker & McKenzie a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index and named us among the Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality. Baker & McKenzie’s origins are rooted in the respect for diversity and inclusion. We understand that organizations work best when people with different backgrounds and multiple points of view are brought together. Our diversity better enables us to provide the level of service our clients expect across the world."

CNA Insurance
Tom Pontarelli, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
“We are proud to celebrate with many of the nation’s leading companies which are working to cultivate and encourage a diverse workforce. Diversity is at the core of our business, and we are pleased the HRC has chosen to recognize our efforts to reach out to diverse communities.”

Crowell & Moring LLP
Ryan C. Tisch, Counsel and LGBT Affinity Group Chair
"Crowell & Moring is dedicated to providing our clients with first rate legal services, delivered in innovative and thoughtful ways.  We believe that we can only succeed in that endeavor if we have access to the most promising minds and fielding a diverse team of professionals helps us achieve that goal.  For that reason, Crowell & Moring is proud to be named among America's Best Places to Work for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered  (LGBT) employees.  Our score of 100 on HRC's Corporate Equality Index reflects Crowell & Moring's deep-seated commitment to the principles of fairness, equality, and opportunity, and our continuing belief that LGBT-friendly policies are in harmony with the best interests of our clients."

Delta Air Lines Inc.
Mike Campbell, Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Labor Relations
"The Human Rights Campaign recognizes our commitment to and culture of inclusiveness in our workplace. Once again achieving a perfect score on the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index acknowledges our consistent effort in making Delta a great place to work for our employees worldwide."

Esurance Inc.
Gary Tolman, Chief Executive Officer
“At Esurance we believe that diversity and inclusion are key drivers of creativity and innovation in the workplace. Maintaining a diverse, inclusive work environment is an ongoing process and the responsibility of all our associates, and we have worked hard to keep our Human Rights Campaign 100-percent rating for the fourth year in a row. This award is recognition of our associates’ commitment to these principles and their dedication in applying them in our everyday interactions with our customers and in our local communities.”

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Douglas Flaum and Michelle Gold, co-chairs of the Firm's Diversity Committee
“Fried Frank is pleased to have once again been recognized by HRC as a leader in maintaining an inclusive culture that values individuality, promotes equal opportunity and champions its LGBT employees. The Firm continues its longstanding commitment to furthering the professional and personal development of our LGBT community through our policies, employee affinity groups, and recruitment and training initiatives.”

GlaxoSmithKline plc
Andrew Witty, CEO
“As a leading global healthcare company conducting business in diverse cultures, environments, and communities, GlaxoSmithKline must be a leader in the practice and application of equality and inclusion for all GSK employees and the global communities that we serve. We are committed to equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees in our workplace and are proud supporters of the Human Rights Campaign.”

Greenberg Traurig LLP
Cesar L. Alvarez, Executive Chairman
"Greenberg Traurig is proud to have a place on the Corporate Equality Index among other corporate leaders in diversity. We are committed to a culture where collaboration and the pursuit of excellence is available to each of our approximately 1800 attorneys and the members of our business staff working in 32 communities in the United States, Europe and Asia. Diversity can open the door to the new ideas and points of view that often fuel creativity and innovation in business. Beyond simply fostering diversity, Greenberg Traurig focuses on developing leaders and as such, we are proud of our proven track record of opening doors, hiring lawyers and staff from all backgrounds, and promoting them to the highest positions of leadership in the firm."

Hallmark Cards Inc.
Bob Bloss, Senior Vice President – Human Resources
"Hallmark is honored to have earned a top rating on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index for the second time. The recognition by HRC as a 'best place to work' during our centennial year reflects our ongoing commitment to diversity in our workforce and to creating a workplace where our employees feel comfortable bringing their full selves to work."

Health Care Service Corp.
Carolyn H. Clift, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
“At Health Care Service Corporation, we value the contributions of all employees and recognize diversity and inclusion strategies as a business imperative.  This commitment to diversity and inclusion is reflected in our having maintained a perfect score, 100%, in HRC's Corporate Equality Index.  We continue to strive to be among the best in workforce diversity best practices to drive better business outcomes. "

Nixon Peabody LLP
Francoise Hanonik, Chief Human Resources Officer
“Our attorneys and staff represent diverse backgrounds and experience, and come from all over the world. By embracing diversity, we benefit from greater understanding and enhanced relationships among our people and with our clients.We are truly honored that for the fifth year, the HRC – a leader among LGBT civil rights – has recognized our efforts.”

Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP
Seth Zachary, Chair of Firm
"We are honored to receive this distinction for the fourth consecutive year. Our firm is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment and our achievement of a 100 percent top rating supports the success of our efforts. It is our diverse talent that gives us a competitive edge and the ability to provide our clients with the highest level of service and excellence."

Pearson Inc.
Christine Trum, Senior Vice President for Human Resources
“Our commitment to making Pearson a decent place for all employees extends throughout our workforce, our workplace and our marketplace. We aim to support our employees in all the choices they make, encouraging Pearson’s people to work and live effectively.”

RBC Wealth Management
John Taft, CEO
“RBC Wealth Management is honored to receive a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index for the second consecutive year. At RBC Wealth Management, we’ve seen first-hand how inclusion helps to create a work environment built on mutual respect, trust and fair treatment, and where personal development and creativity lead us to new heights. We appreciate the HRC Foundation’s recognition as we continue to provide opportunities that foster growth for our employees.”

Wanda Brackins, Director of Diversity and Inclusion
“Our 100 percent Corporate Equality Index rating and Best Places to Work designation will undoubtedly strengthen our partnerships in diverse communities—specifically, within the GLBT community. It is RBC Wealth Management’s goal to be a trusted leader in diversity, and this recognition helps position us to serve the GLBT market as well as other emerging markets.”

Subaru of America Inc.
Thomas J. Doll, Executive Vice President and COO
“We are pleased to receive this recognition once again. Due to the contributions of our employees in terms of unique insights and perspectives as well as talents, we have built a corporate culture in which our employees work with pride.”

Supervalu Inc.
Darnell Allen, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion
“SUPERVALU is committed to maintaining a vibrant and inclusive work environment for people of all backgrounds. We are honored to receive this award for the fourth year in a row, as well as to share it with some of the most respected companies in the country. It is critical that we embrace and reflect the diversity of our millions of customers across the country, as we continue working to fulfill our role as America’s Neighborhood Grocer.”

The TJX Companies Inc.
Carol Meyrowitz, President and Chief Executive Officer
"At TJX, we embrace leveraging differences, global diversity and inclusion as seriously as any business imperative.  We are committed to maintaining a workplace for Associates where we continually strive to live our core values of integrity, respect and fairness.  We are very pleased to be acknowledged for the third year in a row with a score of 100 in the Corporate Equality Index. "

Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP
Mehrnaz Boroumand Smith, Partner and Diversity Committee Chair
“Townsend is honored to be recognized as a 2011 HRC Best Place to Work. We are very proud of our long-standing commitment and history in creating an inclusive and diverse workplace that reflects the clients and the communities that we serve. We pledge to continue to look for ways to increase the inclusiveness of our firm culture and policies for our LGBT employees. We salute the work of the Human Rights Campaign on behalf of LGBT equality across the nation.”

Wells Fargo & Co.
Pat Crawford, head of Enterprise Diversity and Inclusion
"Wells Fargo is thrilled to receive a perfect rating on the Corporate Equality Index for the seventh year in a row. This outstanding recognition is a testament to our longstanding commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive environment for all our team members. We offer fair and equal policies for LGBT employees, provide great services and customized financial advice to our diverse customers, and our team members are actively involved in LGBT nonprofit organizations and community programs across the country. We're proud of our score and will continue to invest in all aspects of diversity for our team members and our customers."