Discover Recognized as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality
Company Earns a Perfect Score on Human Rights Campaigns Corporate Equality Index
RIVERWOODS, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Discover Financial Services (DFS) has been named as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality by the Human Rights Campaigns Annual 2014 Corporate Equality Index. Discover earned a perfect score of 100 in the report for advancing corporate practices, policies and benefits related to LGBT employees.
Discovers perfect score is a testament to the value we place on having a diverse workforce and practicing inclusive behaviors, said David Nelms, chairman and chief executive of Discover. Leveraging our diversity and providing options and benefits that support our employees well-being are not only the right things to do; they are also key business drivers that set us apart from our competitors and make us a stronger organization.
Nelms is an executive sponsor of Discover's Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board and supported the development of the employee connection groups. PRIDE, which supports LGBT employees and allies, is one of seven employee connection groups at Discover. These grassroots groups work with Discover leadership to drive business results, foster an inclusive environment, and promote company success in the marketplace and community.
Human Rights Campaign Foundations 2014 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) provides an in-depth analysis and rating of U.S. employers and their policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. Ratings are determined by the number of criteria that are met by each company, such as employment benefits and non-discrimination policies. Businesses that achieve a rating of 100 percent in the report are recognized as Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.
Corporate America has long recognized the imperative of LGBT inclusion by implementing their own LGBT-friendly policies ahead of lawmakers, said Workplace Equality Program Director Deena Fidas. We are at the front of a new era in which major businesses are not only meeting ever-higher new bars for workplace fairness, they are exceeding them by becoming social and public policy change agents in the process. They recognize equality is not just the right thing to do, it is sound business practice.
Over the past 12 years, the CEI has become the gold standard for corporate policies and practices related to LGBT employees and their families. A total of 934 businesses have been rated in the 2014 CEI, including the entire Fortune 500. This year, 304 major businesses spanning nearly every industry and geography earned a top score of 100.
For more information about Discovers corporate responsibility and benefits, visit www.discover.com/company/corporate-responsibility/.
For more information on the Human Rights Campaigns Annual 2014 Corporate Equality Index and to view the full report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.
About The Human Rights Campaign Foundation
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of Americas largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
Discover Financial Services is a direct banking and payment services company with one of the most recognized brands in U.S. financial services. Since its inception in 1986, the company has become one of the largest card issuers in the United States. The company issues the Discover card, America's cash rewards pioneer, and offers home loans, private student loans, personal loans, home equity loans, checking and savings accounts, certificates of deposit and money market accounts through its direct banking business. It operates the Discover Network, with millions of merchant and cash access locations; PULSE, one of the nation's leading ATM/debit networks; and Diners Club International, a global payments network with acceptance in more than 185 countries and territories. For more information, visit www.discover.com/company.
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Source: Discover Financial ServicesCopyright Business Wire 2013