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Corporate Equality Index: 2004 Corporate Statements

The following companies have provided statements on the 2004 Human Rights Campaign Foundation Corporate Equality Index.

JPMorgan Chase

Sandra A VanGilder, Senior Vice President - Diversity

JPMorgan Chase is honored to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign for earning a perfect score for the third time on the Corporate Equality Index.  To meet our goal of being the best financial services company in the world, we need the total commitment of each person and the willingness to work together.  We do that by valuing and promoting diversity, striving to create a more inclusive environment, building diverse teams, and above all, respecting every individual.

Eastman Kodak Co.

Daniel A. Carp, Chairman and CEO

In today’s competitive global marketplace, it’s a business imperative for Eastman Kodak Company to build a winning and inclusive culture. This is why it so gratifies us to have earned a 100 percent rating on HRC's Corporate Equality Index for a third consecutive year. As Kodak transforms to win in a changing marketplace, we rely upon all employees, from all backgrounds, to share their best ideas to help us innovate. They help create products and services that delight our diverse customers worldwide. At Kodak, we’re proud to have a global understanding of the need to treat all employees with dignity, fairness, and respect. HRC's rating recognizes how far we’ve come – and, as we build relationships with cultures and communities everywhere, how very far we can go.

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Keith C. Wetmore, Chair

Morrison & Foerster is proud to be recognized, once again, by the HRC Foundation with a 100 percent score on the Corporate Equality Index. At Morrison & Foerster, we believe the diversity of our team is a business asset that helps us deliver outstanding results to our clients. Our commitment to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender diversity is reflected not only in the presence of numerous LGBT partners, associates and staff, but also in the firm's employment benefit policies, recruiting efforts, pro bono engagements, and support of LGBT bar associations and community organizations.

Replacements, Ltd.

Bob Page, President and Founder

Replacements, Ltd. is proud to receive the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index perfect score for a third consecutive year.  We strive to honor diversity in the workplace because we believe it is a source of great strength.  We know that supporting our LGBT community, both within and outside the workplace, is critical to our success.  Besides, it is the right thing to do.

Nationwide

Terri L. Hill, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

We are honored to receive a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index. At Nationwide, we recognized that our ability to back up our “On Your Side” promise to customers means we must focus first on our associates. We are committed to building an inclusive work environment in which all associates feel valued. We have long offered household member benefits and include sexual orientation and gender identity in our non-discrimination and no-harassment policies. We must continue to attract, retain and develop a diverse workforce to respond to the needs of our customers.

Wells Fargo

Pat Callahan, Human Resource Director

Wells Fargo is very pleased to be awarded a perfect score by the Human Rights Campaign. We have a history of working hard to serve the needs of our diverse communities and we actively support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender customers, non-profit organizations, community programs and team members. We believe that Wells Fargo is successful because of its diversity and by making diversity a competitive advantage, we can make the company a better place to work, better understand our diverse customers' needs, give customers and communities outstanding service and deliver more value to our stockholders.

Pfizer Inc.

Yvonne Jackson, Senior Vice President, Corporate Human Resources

Pfizer is proud to be recognized in the HRC Corporate Equality Index for our strong commitment to diversity and equality for all of our colleagues. Pfizer is in the business of discovering and developing medicines for diseases that continue to plague humankind, and our success depends on the intelligence, creativity and commitment of our colleagues.  We work hard to ensure that our policies and practices show LGBT colleagues, and all Pfizer colleagues, how much we value their contribution to our great mission.

American Airlines

Debra Hunter-Johnson, Vice President, Human Resources

We are sincerely honored to again receive this corporate recognition from the Human Rights Campaign. We share this honor most with our partners at GLEAM, our valuable lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered employees and our dedicated Rainbow Sales TeAAm for their integrity and loyalty in striving to make our workplace and community respectful for all. Through their hard work, American is especially proud to be the only airline in the nation to earn and retain the highest possible score.

ChoicePoint

Derek V. Smith, Chairman and CEO

ChoicePoint is proud to have received the highest rating on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index for a second consecutive year. We embrace our associates' diversity because we believe that what makes us different makes us stronger.  Diversity at ChoicePoint is not simply a  program or initiative.  Our philosophy of mutual respect and inclusion influences how we relate to our employees, manage our business and serve our customers.

Cargill

Robert Lumpkins, Vice Chair and Chief Financial Officer

We at Cargill are proud to be recognized by the Human Rights Committee for our efforts to promote a diverse workplace. When people feel valued by their employer, they give more of their energy, ideas and commitment. Energy, ideas and commitment are what a company needs to thrive in today's fast-moving knowledge economy. At Cargill we are striving to encourage behavior that makes us all feel valued and bridges our many differences to maintain unity in pursuit of global growth. We are grateful to the Human Rights Committee for recognizing our efforts.

MetLife

Debra J. Capolarello, Senior Vice President and Chief Talent Officer

MetLife is honored to be recognized for the second consecutive year by the Human Rights Campaign as a company that promotes and sponsors initiatives that support our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. At MetLife, diversity is ingrained in our approach to the workforce, workplace and marketplace. We are committed to fostering a corporate culture that is inclusive, growth- and results-oriented and centered on achieving our vision of building financial freedom for everyone.

Bausch & Lomb

Clayton H. Osborne, Vice President - Human Resources, Global Diversity and Organizational Effectiveness

We have a strong commitment to diversity at Bausch & Lomb.  In order to succeed in a diverse world, we need a similarly diverse group of talented people, working in an environment that allows us to freely apply our talents, to best serve our customers and deliver the greatest value to them, to our fellow employees and to our shareholders. Bausch & Lomb has a written, formal commitment to our employees to “provide an environment open to the expression of ideas, where diversity is valued and frankness is encouraged, and where creativity, innovation, teamwork and receptivity to change is prized and rewarded.” We are pleased that the honor of achieving a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index clearly demonstrates that at Bausch & Lomb, those words are not wishes, hopes or dreams.  Ours are principles in action reflected in our equal rights practices which range from full domestic partner benefits to strong, enforced guidelines prohibiting sexual harassment and discrimination based on characteristics including race, gender or gender identity, religion, national origin and sexual orientation.  We know that ensuring an inclusive and diverse culture at Bausch & Lomb is a process of continuous improvement, not a single event.  So we know that our work must continue as we strive to create and nurture an inclusive culture where everyone - including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees - is valued for their contributions and where our differences are embraced, welcomed and recognized as true strategic advantages.

Lucent Technologies Inc.

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

Lucent Technologies is proud to receive a 100 percent rating on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index for the third consecutive year.  Our company’s most valuable asset is our people, and as part of our culture, we encourage all employees to bring forth their ideas in an open, supportive atmosphere where they can confidently contribute to our business success.  To attract and retain the best minds in the business, we work hard to create an environment that welcomes and respects differences, and facilitates and fosters teamwork.  That means ensuring we have a diverse workforce at all levels so employees and job candidates can see representation of their own gender, race, nationality, culture, religion or sexual orientation, and know there is room for personal and professional growth and advancement that is based on talent and merit.

Avaya Inc.

Don Peterson, Chairman and CEO

Avaya is honored to earn 100 percent on the HRC's Corporate Equality Index for the third consecutive year. A global company in every sense - geographically, strategically, and culturally - we embrace diversity as a competitive advantage. EQUAL! @ Avaya, Avaya's employee business partner for our gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered employees, leads us in finding new ways to leverage our diversity to drive Avaya's continued success in providing the world's best communications solutions enabling businesses to excel. Our value as a company is realized by recognizing the contribution of each individual.

Agilent Technologies Inc.

Ned Barnholt, Chairman, President and CEO

For Agilent, diversity and inclusion make good business sense. We are proud that HRC has recognized our work in this arena by giving us a perfect score on its Corporate Equality Index. It is one signal that we are closer to our goal of drawing upon the perspectives, knowledge and skills of our entire workforce -- helping our business to do well when we do the right thing.
Earning this award is the result of our long-standing practice of inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees. We know that valuing our diversity is essential to attracting and retaining the best employees and differentiating Agilent in our industry. It also shows our genuine support of all members of our global community.
 
The Chubb Corporation
John D. Finnegan, Chairman and CEO

For more than a century, The Chubb Corporation has been known for treating its employees with fairness, dignity and respect; therefore we take particular pride in achieving a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index.  Long before words such as “diversity” and “inclusiveness” held special meaning for corporate America, our company leaders observed that “Chubb is as eager to have a good reputation as an employer as it is to have a good reputation as an underwriter.”  Over time, we have found that this principle not only generates good will, but good business.  Our policies continue to be guided by the belief that Chubb’s success rests largely on our ability to create an inclusive work environment that motivates all employees to reach their full potential to contribute to results.   We are pleased that this has led us to be recognized as a leading employer by the HRC and by the LGBT community.

Lehman Brothers

Joseph M. Gregory, President & Chief Operating Officer

Lehman Brothers is proud to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for the second consecutive year. Fostering an inclusive and diverse work environment is critical to our success as a Firm. At Lehman Brothers, we operate as a meritocracy. This means we ensure that individuals succeed based on their own talent, ambition and initiative, and that they are not inhibited by any barriers in the workplace. To meet the needs of our global client base and to generate the best ideas for all our clients, we strive to hire, develop and retain the very best people from the widest available pool of talent. Clearly the LGBT community represents a significant and critical component of that talent pool and we are committed to maintaining an environment where LGBT employees can maximize their potential and contribution to the Firm.

Automotive Operations

Jim Padilla, Chief Operating Officer, Ford Motor Co., and Chairman

This rating acknowledges Ford's deep commitment to building and nurturing an inclusive and respectful culture in which all employees feel encouraged, and able, to contribute to their fullest potential. Not only is this the right thing to do, it is essential to the future of our business. By cultivating a diverse group of people who bring fresh ideas, backgrounds, perspectives and life experiences to our offices and plants, we are better able to develop a range of quality products that will appeal to our customers throughout the world.

Hewlett-Packard Company

Marcela Perez de Alonso, Executive Vice President, Human Resources

Hewlett-Packard Company is pleased to have once again received the Human Rights Campaign 100% rating on the Corporate Equality Index. The rating is a visible and welcome acknowledgment of the work many HP employees are doing every day to make our company innovative and competitive. HP is strongly committed to attracting, developing, promoting and retaining a diverse workforce to better serve our increasingly diverse customers, as well as providing an inclusive, flexible work environment that values differences, motivates employees to contribute their best, and is an open and safe place to work. We look forward to our continued partnership with the HRC on workplace and public policy issues.

Motorola Inc.

Kay Hoogland, Vice President and Corporate Director of Global Diversity and Compliance

Motorola is delighted to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign.  A 100-percent ranking on the Corporate Equality Index demonstrates that our commitment to diversity is working -- not only for individual employees but for Motorola as a whole.  By ensuring that all Motorolans feel welcome, respected and valued, we are better positioned to compete and win in the rapidly changing global marketplace.  So, our commitment is not only the right thing to do, it also makes good business sense.

Deutsche Bank

Seth Waugh, CEO of the Americas

We commend the Human Rights Campaign for their work with corporations to acknowledge and publicize workplace best practices for LGBT employees. Receiving an HRC Score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index for the second consecutive year is an honor for Deutsche Bank, as it places us among best practice companies that are truly committed to diversity. Leveraging the strengths and talents of a diverse workforce has a bottom-line impact for Deutsche Bank. We will remain focused on reviewing progress and benchmarking our policies and practices to ensure that we continue to be a leader in LGBT and other diversity initiatives.

Borders Group Inc.

Greg Josefowicz, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Borders Group was founded with an understanding that knowledge, the sharing of ideas, and individual experiences-all of which have positively shaped our company's history-are at the core of our ability as a global retailer to meet customer needs in our more than 1,200 Borders and Waldenbooks stores. At Borders Group, diversity is a part of what we do each day. We view diversity as a business imperative linked to our strategic objectives, sales growth, culture, product selection, employee population, vendor community, and customer base. We value the unique backgrounds and differences of our employees, customers, and vendors because they result in our ongoing success.

Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants

Niki Leondakis, COO

Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants is proud of our perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index, and we are even more proud to be the only hotel company to rise to the top.  When Bill Kimpton founded our company in 1981, he did so with the intention of creating a warm and welcoming environment for all our staff and guests – twenty-three years later, we continue to deliver that promise as our company grows across the U.S. and Canada.  Our 100 percent score is a testament to our strong family culture at Kimpton, and we salute the Human Rights Campaign for raising the bar so that all employers understand the importance of treating everyone fairly.

Coors Brewing Co.

Leo Kiely, CEO

Coors Brewing Company is proud to have achieved the 100 percent rating on the Corporate Equality Index. Coors is deeply committed to a diverse, broadminded, and inclusive workplace in which all employees are valued and respected. We are very proud of our leadership as a company within the LGBT community and its diversity. We have strong corporate values that include all of our employees and are proud of our achievements. Thanks to HRC for helping us along the way.

Xerox Corp.

James Firestone, President, Xerox Corporate Operations Group, and corporate champion for Galaxe-Pride at Work, the company’s caucus group for gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender employees

To again earn a 100 percent ranking on the Corporate Equality Index validates what we have known for some time: Respecting employees as individuals and providing them with appropriate support systems and benefits helps make Xerox a great place to work for employees, and makes the company itself smarter, stronger and better. Xerox was among the first companies to receive 100 percent. The strength of this year’s list is a testament that workplaces across the country are becoming more and more inclusive. At Xerox, we don’t see domestic partner benefits or fostering an inclusive atmosphere as an option or "nice thing to do", but as a business imperative strengthening our ability to attract and retain qualified and diverse professionals.

Pepsico

Paula A. Banks, Senior Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion and Organizational Partnerships

PepsiCo has a proud heritage of promoting diversity, inclusion and equality. We are very honored to receive this recognition of a perfect score on the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index. HRC underscores our belief that we are on the right path in our journey to make PepsiCo a more diverse, inclusive and competitive corporation. In the 21st century, we believe high performance begins with our ability to value different points of view. We have a growing employee network, EQUAL, within our PepsiCo Divisions, focused on LGBT opportunities. We are especially proud to accept this distinction in recognition of the excellent contributions that the EQUAL network has made to the company.

AT&T Corp.

Mirian Graddick-Weir, Executive Vice President, Human Resources

AT&T is proud of its history and long standing commitment to workforce diversity and inclusion. We are honored to once again receive recognition of this commitment from the Human Rights Campaign. At AT&T, respect for individuals is our foremost core value, and the principle of inclusion is an integral part of our business problem-solving. We strive to leverage the diverse skills, talents and abilities of everyone to achieve business success.

IBM Corp.

Ted Childs, Vice President, Global Workforce Diversity

IBM has a distinctive heritage of promoting inclusion in the workplace and marketplace throughout the past century.  We have done so before it was required by law or politically correct. As a global company, we are proud of that heritage because it is consistent with our corporate values. Inclusion, by definition, is about allowing people to be who they are, no matter where they are. In our workplace, we are creating an environment that allows employees to operate in the marketplace and the workplace where they can personally influence client success, foster innovation, as well as exhibit trust and personal responsibility in achieving IBM's business goals.
Our partnership with HRC has helped us to ensure that people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender feel safe, welcomed and valued within the global walls of our business. 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 clients.  The contributions that are made by LGBT IBMers accrue directly to our bottom line and ensure the success of our business.  The HRC platform for inclusion is an important social and business issue of today, and is consistent with IBM's goal to have the most talented workforce, and remain the company of choice in the marketplace.

Nike Inc.

Gina A. Warren, Director of Global Diversity

We are honored to be recognized again by the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index for our workplace policies and culture of honoring the LGBT  community at Nike, Inc. 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 recognizes and respects every individual and community.

Charles Schwab and Company, Inc.

Carla Foster, Vice President, Staffing and Diversity

Charles Schwab is honored to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign for our commitment and continuing efforts to drive strategies and develop solutions that promote inclusion and diversity in the workplace.

Faegre & Benson LLP

Thomas G. Morgan, Management Committee Chair

The law firm of Faegre & Benson LLP is pleased to have earned a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign’s third annual 2004 Corporate Equality Index, which measures how U.S. companies treat their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees and clients.  We are proud of this important recognition from the HRC.  We strongly believe that our efforts to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace are key to our remaining an effective and competitive law firm.  We know that in order to provide first-rate legal services, we must capitalize on a wide variety of perspectives and insights.  That includes the perspectives and insights which our gay and lesbian attorneys and staff bring to the table.

SC Johnson

William Perez, President and CEO

SC Johnson is pleased with this recognition from the Human Rights Campaign for the third consecutive year because this honor acknowledges our ongoing efforts to cultivate our unique family culture. The spirit of this company is the strength and goodwill of all employees. Diversity is about unleashing that spirit and allowing all employees to be themselves. To achieve a 100% score on the Corporate Equality Index for two years in a row is a testament to our continued commitment to respecting the individuality of all people. This commitment allows us to better understand and meet the needs of our diverse employees, consumers and customers.  Thank you, HRC, for recognizing this commitment.

Miller Brewing Co.

Norman Adami, President and CEO

Receiving a rating of 100 percent from the Human Rights Campaign is indeed an honor, to receive this rating two years in a row is fantastic! Miller Brewing Company is proud of its long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion. We understand and appreciate the fact that our employees, the best in the business, are a reflection of the diversity of our consumers, customers and society. For our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, customers, and consumers this means that we have good policies in place and actively reach them in all business practices. We know that the LGBT community is influential, and loyal. With the support of the LGBT  community, we win in the marketplace.

Apple

Dan Walker, Chief Talent Officer

Apple is honored to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign for the third year in a row for our efforts to promote diversity and provide equal opportunity to all employees.

Southern California Edison

John Bryson, Chairman

We are proud of our rich diversity tradition. This philosophy is reflected throughout our company and the communities we serve. We are very pleased to receive this important recognition from the Human Rights Campaign.