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Corporate Equality Index: 2003 Corporate Statements

The following companies have provided statements on the 2003 Human Rights Campaign Foundation Corporate Equality Index.

SC Johnson & Son Inc.

William D. Perez, President and CEO

SC Johnson is pleased to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign for the second consecutive year because this honor acknowledges our ongoing commitment to cultivating our unique family culture. The spirit of this company is the strength and goodwill of all employees. Diversity is about unleashing that spirit, allowing all employees to be themselves and contribute freely and effectively. This strength allows us to better understand and interact with our diverse consumers and customers. We believe it takes a different kind of company to define family as broadly as we do, and we thank the HRC for recognizing this difference.

Eastman Kodak Co.

Daniel A. Carp, Chairman and CEO

Eastman Kodak Company is honored to have earned 100 percent rating on HRC's Corporate Equality Index for a second consecutive year. Our vision is to create a company that reflects the diversity of our customers, In our competitive marketplace, diverse markets offer opportunity for growth. We need the ideas and insights of a diverse and inclusive workforce to attract and better serve customers. We have worked hard to foster an inclusive workforce that celebrates the diverse cultures and attitudes of our employees around the world. At Kodak, diversity encompasses many cultures and communities, including the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. HRC's rating helps validate our journey toward a winning and inclusive culture at Kodak. We are proud to count our company as an ally with HRC.

Xerox Corp.

Phil Harlow, Chief Diversity and Employee Advocacy Officer

We're honored Xerox once again earned a 100 percent on the Corporate Equality Index, recognizing we've long offered partner benefits, supported a LGBT caucus group, and been responsive to LGBT concerns. It's part of Xerox's overall corporate mission to sustain and build a workplace environment that is inclusive of different people, different thinking, different perspectives. We view diversity as a business opportunity, one that helps us be a stronger company and a stronger partner for our customers worldwide.

IBM Corp.

Ted Childs, Vice President, Global Workforce Diversity

IBM has a heritage of promoting inclusion in our workplace and marketplace throughout the past century, and doing so before it was required by law or politically correct. We are proud of that heritage. Our partnership with HRC has helped us to ensure that people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or of transgender orientation feel safe, welcomed and valued within the global walls of our business. The contributions that are made by the IBM members of the LGBT community accrue directly to our bottom line. Our goal is to assemble the most talented workforce in our industry, and to use the skills of that diverse team to respond to the needs of our customers. The HRC platform for inclusion is an important social and business issue of today, and consistent with IBM's goal to have the best team, and be the best performer in our marketplace.

Avaya Inc.

Don Peterson, Chairman and CEO

In today's highly competitive global market, it's not enough simply to understand our customers' business, we must also be able to demonstrate that we are able to work hand-in-hand with them. To do this, it is imperative that Avaya employees are as diverse as our customers. We work to build an inclusive culture in which every person can contribute to the success of our customers and our overall business. We are please to be awarded a perfect score by the HRC for the second year in a row. This is yet another proof point for our efforts not just for our LGBT employees, but for all.

Lucent Technologies Inc.

Ethel Batten, Human Resources Vice President, Recruiting, Staffing, Diversity

At Lucent, we work hard to value the contributions of all our employees — regardless of their race, gender culture, background, age or sexual orientation. This commitment to diversity has never been simply a choice we've made — it's part of who we are as a company. Our employees recognize how our differences bring various perspectives, opinions and ideas to bear on our company's mission. Whether it's in our recruiting efforts, company sponsored programs, or the way our employees treat each other, our culture is one of respect. We are proud to be recognized with a perfect score on the HRC's Corporate Equality Index, for the second year in a row, and will continue striving for leadership as an open and diverse workplace.

Lehman Brothers Holdings

Joseph M. Gregory, Chief Operating Officer

Lehman Brothers is proud to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign's 2003 Corporate Equality Index for our commitment to our LGBT employees. Our success as a Firm is entirely dependent on the quality of our workforce, and focusing on being the Firm of choice for the very best people from the widest available pool of talent is critical to our continued success. The LGBT community represents a significant and critical component of that talent pool, and Lehman Brothers is committed to creating an environment where LGBT employees can maximize their potential and contribution to the Firm.

NCR Corp.

Robert Driessnack, Chief Financial Officer, Retail Solutions Division

This is the second year that we have been on the top rung of the Corporate Equality Index, which reflects the diverse nature of our company. Without question, workplace diversity is a business imperative for NCR. We are very proud at NCR that our LGBT business resource group, League@NCR, has once again provided the impetus for NCR to be one of the leaders in the US making a significant difference for our LGBT issues in the workplace. We have every intention of continuing to better ourselves in this area.

American Airlines

Debra Hunter Johnson, Vice President-Human Resources

We are sincerely honored to again receive this corporate recognition from the Human Rights Campaign. As an airline that has taken a firm stand against discrimination in all its forms - whether based on race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or anything else - we know this is not just the right thing to do, we are also certain that it makes American Airlines a better company, too. We take pride knowing that we lead our airline industry peers as a company that stands out in our example and respect for the LGBT community. Doing so makes us better able to hold on to our very best employees, take great care of all of our customers, and helps American to compete and win in the marketplace.

Nike Inc.

Gina A. Warren, Director of Global Diversity

We are honored to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index for our workplace practices around honoring the LGBT community at Nike. In addition to Nike's LGBT Employee Network and partner benefits program, we also support several organizations serving the LGBT community through our corporate giving. It's our belief that this passion for honoring diversity at Nike will help us continue to build an inspired workplace that honors and aids every individual and community.

Apple Computer Inc.

Dan Walker, Vice President of Global Human Resources

Apple is honored to be recognized once again by the Human Rights Campaign and its Corporate Equality Index for continuing to believe in and offer equal opportunity to employees regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

Intel Corp.

Rosalind Hudnell, Global Diversity Manager

Intel is proud to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign for its efforts to promote diversity. We’re firm believers that it takes the talents of many different people to grow and succeed. That is why Intel remains committed to an open and inclusive work environment for all.