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Eastern earns top marks in 2016 CEI

February 13, 2017

Eastern Bank Corporation earns top marks in 2016 Corporate Equality Index

Eastern earns 100 percent on Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Fourteenth Annual Scorecard on LGBT Workplace Equality

BOSTON, November 18, 2015 – For the third consecutive year, Eastern Bank Corporation received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2016 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. Eastern joins the ranks of 407 major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this year.

“Eastern Bank is honored to be nationally recognized again as a best place to work for LGBT equality,” said Nancy Huntington Stager, Executive Vice President, Human Resources & Charitable Giving, Eastern Bank. “We are deeply committed to ensuring Eastern is a welcoming and inclusive workplace where all employees – regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression – can bring their whole self to work. The strength of our team rests in our ability to ensure that everyone can contribute their best work. Eastern is a leader in advocating for equal rights for people who are Transgender, and committed to continuing to advocate for just and supportive public policy.”

The 2016 CEI rated 1,027 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. Eastern’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria results in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.

“In this 2016 Corporate Equality Index, hundreds of major businesses responded to our new standards for workplace equality with exceptional leadership,” said HRC Foundation Workplace Equality Program Director Deena Fidas. “Eastern Bank not only meets these standards, it goes above and beyond the call of duty, making commitment to equality a fundamental aspect of its corporate values.”

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 2016 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

About Eastern Bank
Founded in 1818 and based in Boston, Eastern Bank is the largest and oldest mutual bank in the country, with $9.5 billion in assets and more than 100 branches serving communities in eastern Massachusetts and southern and coastal New Hampshire. Eastern Bank offers banking, investments and insurance all under one roof, and prides itself on working harder to understand its customers’ needs so it can deliver these services in a committed and personal way. Eastern Bank, which includes Eastern Bank Wealth Management and Eastern Insurance, is a recognized leader in corporate social responsibility and for its advocacy on behalf of a number of social justice causes.

For more information, visit: www.easternbank.com, www.facebook.com/easternbank or www.twitter.com/easternbank.

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