First Data Receives Distinguished Honors for Commitment to Diversity and Human Rights

NEW YORK, MAY 25, 2017– First Data (NYSE: FDC), a global leader in commerce-enabling technology, earned new recognition from three premier organizations that advocate for a progressive and inclusive work environment. The three organizations – Human Rights Campaign, DiversityInc., and GLSEN – each hailed First Data for fostering workplace equality and opportunity for employees of all backgrounds.

The three recognitions include: 

  • Human Rights Campaign: For the third consecutive year, First Data received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. The Index is a leading national benchmarking standard on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees.
  • DiversityInc.: DiversityInc, which ranks excellence in corporate workplace policies, named First Data as one of the Top 25 Noteworthy companies for diversity for the third consecutive year. For the first time, First Data was also named as one of DiversityInc.’s top companies for progress. Additionally, on DiversityInc.’s list of top companies for military veterans, First Data moved up seven spots to the number three position from number 10 on last year’s list.
  • GLSEN: On May 15, First Data was named “Corporate Ally of the Year” at the GLSEN Respect Awards in New York City. Held annually, the GLSEN Respect Awards showcase the work of corporations, educators, and individuals who serve as exemplary role models and have made a significant impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth.

“First Data cultivates a workplace culture that values all individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic,” said Cindy Armine-Klein, Executive Vice President, Chief Control Officer, and founder of UNITY, First Data’s LGBT employee resource group. “It is incredibly rewarding to be acknowledged for our ongoing commitment to building a successful, inclusive culture that is good for our employees and for business.”

Earlier this year, First Data implemented a new gender-neutral paid parental leave policy designed to support all families with the critical time needed to care for a new child without the financial constraints that come with unpaid leave. Other initiatives that have contributed to First Data’s continued inclusion on these lists include its LGBT-inclusive policies, its UNITY employee resource group, and its Supplier Diversity program.

About First Data

First Data (NYSE: FDC) is a global leader in commerce-enabling technology and solutions, serving approximately six million business locations and 4,000 financial institutions in more than 100 countries around the world. The company’s 24,000 owner-associates are dedicated to helping companies, from start-ups to the world’s largest corporations, conduct commerce every day by securing and processing more than 2,800 transactions per second and $2.2 trillion per year.


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