Financial research and business resource group key drivers for top
NEWARK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–For the 13th consecutive year, Prudential Financial, Inc.
(NYSE:PRU) has earned the highest score of 100 percent on the Human
Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index for its programs and
practices that support the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender (LGBT) employees, consumers and investors.
“Our inclusive culture is a business imperative that helps us recruit,
engage and retain diverse talent,” said Michele
Meyer-Shipp, vice president and chief diversity officer at
Prudential. “We believe creating a workforce that values all employees
is an integral part of our strategic growth and innovation story, and is
a key driver for us to excel in the marketplace.
This recognition is a reflection of a dedicated leadership, but also of
the hard work of our employees who make diversity and inclusion come to
life in the workplace every day.”
The 2016 CEI rated 1,024 businesses on their LGBT practices including
non-discrimination policies, health benefits and public engagement. The
Index recognized Prudential’s business resource group, EAGLES (Employee
Association of Gay Men, Lesbians, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies), and
responsible citizenship as internal and external contributing factors to
its high score.
“It’s important for us to align our talent with our community efforts
and how we show up in the marketplace,” Meyer-Shipp said. “EAGLES plays
an instrumental role in helping us gain insights into important
financial issues within the LGBT community. This is an example of how
diverse perspectives lie at the core of our ability to reach diverse
In 2012, Prudential launched the LGBT
Financial Experience, part of Prudential’s signature research
series, which examines financial priorities and behaviors among
America’s diverse communities. The next edition of the survey, which
will measure financial trends and attitudes in the LGBT community to
better serve consumers, is scheduled to be released in 2016. Following
the inaugural research, Prudential released two groundbreaking white
papers on financial considerations for LGBT couples. The most recent, “Financial
Planning for LGBT Couples After U.S. v. Windsor and Obergefell v.
Hodges.”, was released after the U.S. Supreme Court’s June
decision to recognize all same-sex marriages, and provides an extensive
guide and checklist on key considerations for this community.
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization
working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By
inspiring and engaging all Americans, Human Rights Campaign strives to
end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that
achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. To read the 2016
Corporate Equality Index report, visit The
Human Rights Campaign’s database.
Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE:PRU), a financial services leader, has
operations in the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America.
Prudential’s diverse and talented employees are committed to helping
individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth
through a variety of products and services, including life insurance,
annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment
management. In the U.S., Prudential’s iconic Rock symbol has stood for
strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century.
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Prudential Financial, Inc.
Alicia Rodgers Alston, 973-802-4446