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Human Rights Campaign Foundation Awards Edward Jones 100 Percent On 2020 Corporate Equality Index

Edward Jones Chief Human Resources Officer Kristin Johnson said it best: To deliver an incredible Edward Jones client experience, we must foster an inclusive environment where associates are nurtured and can bring their best selves to work. Our efforts were recently recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 2020 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), as we received top marks on their 18th annual scorecard on LGBTQ Workplace Equality.

Edward Jones offers domestic partner benefits, transgender inclusive benefits and associate volunteer self-identification. Established in 2014, the firm's 600-plus strong LGBT+ and Allies Business Resource Group, which regularly meets to cultivate relationships, generate ideas and develop strategies to build and retain an inclusive workforce, champions Edward Jones' participation in, and sponsorship of, the St. Louis and Tempe Pride parades.

"These programs provide professional impact, opportunities for mentorship and networking, increase client retention and create a sense of belonging within the firm," Johnson said. "When associates are comfortable bringing their best selves to their work, they can bring their best to our clients and the families we are privileged to serve."

The CEI rates companies and top law firms on detailed criteria falling under five broad categories:

  1. Non-discrimination policies
  2. Employment benefits
  3. Demonstrated organizational competency and accountability around LGBTQ diversity and inclusion
  4. Public commitment to LGBTQ equality
  5. Responsible citizenship

The results of this year’s CEI showcase how 1,059 U.S.-based companies are promoting LGBTQ-friendly workplace policies in the U.S. and abroad.

The full report is available online at www.hrc.org/cei.

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