SERIOUS MONDAY: CHOICEPOINT AWARDED BY THE HUMAN RIGHTS FOUNDATION

ChoicePoint, Inc. received a fifth consecutive perfect score on the Human Rights Foundation’s annual Corporate Equality Index.

The index rates employers on a scale from 0-100 percent for their treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) employees, consumers, and investors.

ChoicePoint is the only Georgia business that has been rated 100 for the past five years. Seven other companies in the state were recognized this year. They are Alston & Bird, LLC, The Coca Cola Company, ING North America Insurance Corporation, Newell Rubbermaid, Powell Goldstein, LLP, Sun Trust Banks, and United Parcel Service.

“More businesses than ever before have recognized the value of a diverse and dedicated workforce,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. “More importantly, these employers understand that discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender workers will ultimately hurt their ability to compete in the global marketplace.”

“Diversity is not just a program or initiative at ChoicePoint. Rather, it is a philosophy of mutual respect and inclusion that influences how we relate to our associates, manage our business and serve our customers,” said Derek V. Smith, Chairman and CEO. “We are honored to again receive this recognition through the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index.”

The index, which this year rated 519 businesses, measures the extent which employers treat their GLBT employees. Ratings are based on factors such as non discrimination policies, diversity training, and benefits for domestic partners and transgender employees.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality.

ChoicePoint provides businesses, government agencies and non-profit organizations with technology, software and information and marketing services.

Dawn

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