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Eastern Bank Corporation receives perfect score on Human Rights Campaign’s 2014
Corporate Equality Index

Recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equality”

BOSTON, Dec. 09, 2013 –  Eastern Bank Corporation received a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2014 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), and is recognized by the Human Rights Campaign as one of the “Best Places to Work for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Equality.” The CEI is the premiere national benchmark for LGBT workplace inclusion and provides an in-depth analysis and rating of large U.S. employers and their policies and practices pertinent to LGBT employees.

“Eastern Bank is honored to be nationally recognized as a best place to work for LGBT equality,” said Nancy Stager, Executive Vice President, Human Resources & Charitable Giving, Eastern Bank. “We embrace diversity in our workplace because it makes us a better employer and a better provider of service to our customers. Our diverse workforce helps us truly understand the challenges facing our communities and better positions us to be able to target resources to build and maintain the fabric of our communities.”

The 2014 CEI rated 934 businesses, with 303 achieving the top rating of 100 percent and earning the honor of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.” The CEI rates companies on 40 specific policies and practices. To achieve a perfect score and the coveted distinction of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality,” companies must have fully-inclusive equal employment opportunity policies, provide equal employment benefits, demonstrate organizational LGBT competency, publicly declare their commitment to equality, and exercise responsible citizenship.

A recognized leader in diversity through its advocacy efforts and internal programs, Eastern Bank in 2010 was the first company in the country to sign GLAD’s amicus brief that asked the US Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). On March 26, 2013, a strong contingent of Eastern Bank employees joined MassEquality and GLAD and hundreds of supporters at Government Center in opposition to DOMA, as the US Supreme Court heard cases related to Same Sex Marriage. Three months later, Eastern Bank testified for the second time on Beacon Hill in support of public access for transgender people.

In June, Eastern Bank also joined a short, but growing, list of companies in Massachusetts by expanding its health insurance to include coverage for gender-related care, including transition-related surgery and supporting services. It continues to work with organizations and employers across Massachusetts in this regard.

Eastern Bank offers a diversity and inclusion program that celebrates and engages the diverse background and perspectives in communities inside and outside of the organization. Part of this program includes a group of eight employee networks, which work closely with executive management to ensure that the company continues to offer an environment that promotes best practices and strong communication, both inside the bank and with its communities to address the needs of all communities.

The Human Rights Campaign is dedicated to promoting and ensuring public understanding of gay and lesbian issues through innovative education and communication strategies. A complete list of 2014 Corporate Equality Index rankings can be found here: http://hrc.org/cei.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of 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.

About Eastern Bank
Founded in 1818 and based in Boston, Eastern Bank is the largest independent and mutually owned bank in New England, with more than $8 billion in assets and more than 90 branches serving communities from the Merrimack Valley to Cape Cod. 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 includes Eastern Wealth Management and Eastern Insurance. For more information, visit www.easternbank.com, www.facebook.com/easternbank and www.twitter.com/easternbank.

For more information, contact: Andrew Ravens, Public Relations, Eastern Bank, 781-598-8528, or e-mail Andrew Ravens.