RIVERWOODS, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–For the fourth consecutive year, Discover Financial Services has been
named a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality by the Human Rights
Campaign’s Annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI). Discover earned a
perfect score of 100 in the report for advancing corporate practices,
policies and benefits related to LGBTQ employees.
The CEI is a national survey and report on corporate policies and
practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality. The index provides an
in-depth analysis and ratings of U.S. employers, their policies and
practices pertinent to LGBTQ employees.
“Diversity is a foundation to success at Discover. When we tap into our
employees’ differences we are able to come up with diverse perspectives
and solutions that benefit the company,” said David Nelms, chairman and
chief executive of Discover. “Discover’s CEI perfect score demonstrates
the value we place on having a diverse workforce and practicing
inclusive behaviors. We will continue to promote an environment that
brings out the best in our employees so they can better serve our
Discover’s effort to create an inclusive culture includes employee
resource groups which represent Asians, Latinos, African Americans,
women, young professionals, more experienced leaders, veterans, the
LGBTQ community and other related-interest groups. PRIDE, the resource
group that supports LGBTQ employees, is one of more than 35 employee
resource 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.
Approximately half of Discover’s 15,000 employees are registered members
of at least one group.
“Through 15 editions of the annual Corporate Equality Index, major
private sector employers have demonstrated over and over that inclusion
is not just the right thing to do, it makes for a stronger, more
successful business,” said Deena Fidas, Director of HRC’s Workplace
Equality Program. “From centuries-old companies to those that have
existed for just a few years, major employers have adopted
LGBTQ-inclusive policies and benefits at rates that continue to outpace
lawmakers and lead the way forward.”
This year, a total of 887 businesses have been rated in the 2017 CEI. Of
those, 517 major businesses spanning nearly every industry and geography
earned a top score of 100.
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization
working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. The
organization works to end discrimination against LGBTQ and achieve
fundamental fairness and equality for all.
For more information about Discover’s corporate responsibility and
benefits, visit www.discover.com/company/corporate-responsibility/.
For more information on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index, or to
download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.
About The Human Rights Campaign Foundation
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America’s
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 LGBTQ citizens and
realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) 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 private
student loans, personal loans, home equity loans, checking and savings
accounts and certificates of deposit 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.
Discover Financial Services
Susan J. Villalobos