Edward Jones Earns Top Marks in 2018 Corporate Equality Index

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ST. LOUIS, Nov. 9, 2017 — Financial-services firm Edward Jones received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. 

Edward Jones joins the ranks of 609 U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this year.

“We are once again proud to receive this important recognition, but we will not rest on our laurels,” said Emily Pitts, the Edward Jones principal responsible for Inclusion and Diversity.  “We will continue to strive to create a more inclusive environment for all and serve more clients who represent the entire fabric our country.”

The 2018 CEI rated 947 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBTQ-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBTQ community.

Edward Jones' 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 LGBTQ Equality. 

For more information on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

“By empowering and valuing each associate for who they are and how they contribute to our success, we embrace diversity of thought that brings future innovation and success,” Pitts said.

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in St. Louis, provides financial services in the U.S. and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business, from the investments offered to the location of branch offices, caters to individual investors. The 15,000-plus financial advisors serve more than 7 million clients and care for $1 trillion in assets under management. Visit  www.edwardjones.com or the recruiting website at www.careers.edwardjones.com.  Member SIPC.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

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