First Data Earns Top Score in Human Rights Campaign’s 2016 Corporate Equality Index

First Data recognized as a Best Place to Work for LGBT
and earns 100 percent on Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s
Fourteenth Annual Scorecard on Workplace Equality


NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 19, 2015 – First Data (NYSE: FDC), a global leader in commerce-enabling technology and solutions, announced today that it received a perfect score of 100 percent on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for the second straight year. The CEI is a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality that is administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

“We are proud that First Data has again been designated as a best place to work for LGBT equality by achieving a perfect score on the 2016 CEI,” said Cindy Armine-Klein, Chief Control Officer at First Data. “Each and every day First Data works to foster an environment that encourages our employees to bring their whole selves’ to work, and this designation by the HRC validates those efforts. At First Data we know that building a richly diverse and inclusive workforce is not only the right thing to do, it’s good for business.”

“In this 2016 Corporate Equality Index, hundreds of major businesses responded to our new standards for workplace equality with exceptional leadership. First Data 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," said HRC Foundation Workplace Equality Program Director Deena Fidas.

First Data continues to be a leader in advocating for LGBT equality. Earlier this year, First Data joined leading American companies in signing HRC’s amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage. Even before same-sex marriage was recognized everywhere in the United States, First Data changed its policies to ensure that its LGBT employees who were not legally allowed to be married were given the same benefits as all other married employees.

First Data also began holding Transgender 101 training sessions across its global human resources organization. During these sessions First Data introduced new corporate policies that will support employees transitioning in the workplace. Additionally, these sessions will help First Data affect policies, processes and a work environment where transgender employees feel welcomed in the workplace. First Data has also amended its medical plan to allow for gender transition coverage.

First Data’s commitment to diversity spans across all aspects of its business. UNITY, First Data’s LGBT employee resource group, is just one of six employee resource groups available to its employees. First Data values its diverse workforce, and through the collaboration of its employee resource groups not only will First Data grow its business, but it will continue to serve the communities in which it operates.  

For more information on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit

About First Data

First Data is a global leader in commerce-enabling technology and solutions, serving approximately six million business locations and 4,000 financial institutions in 118 countries around the world. The company’s 23,000 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 2,300 transactions per second and $1.9 trillion per year.


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