Brown-Forman Earns Top Marks in 2014 Corporate Equality Index

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Brown-Forman Corporation (BF-A) (BF-B) received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2014 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. This is the fourth consecutive year Brown-Forman has received a perfect score.

“The CEI is the gold standard for corporate policies and practices related to LGBT employees and their families. Brown-Forman has worked hard to create a workplace that is inclusive and respectful of all employees,” said Ralph de Chabert, Brown-Forman chief diversity officer. “We believe that a diverse and inclusive environment is not only the right thing to do, but is also good for our business and our brands.”

The 2014 CEI rated 934 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. Of those 934 rated, 303 major U.S. businesses earned top marks this year. Brown-Forman’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria resulted in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.

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, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. For more information on the 2014 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

For more than 140 years, Brown-Forman Corporation has enriched the experience of life by responsibly building fine quality beverage alcohol brands, including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Southern Comfort, Finlandia, Jack Daniel’s & Cola, Canadian Mist, Korbel, Gentleman Jack, el Jimador, Herradura, Sonoma-Cutrer, Chambord, New Mix, Tuaca, and Woodford Reserve. Brown-Forman’s brands are supported by nearly 4,000 employees and sold in approximately 160 countries worldwide. For more information about the company, please visit http://www.brown-forman.com/.

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