CHICAGO, Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- BMO Harris Bank today announced it has been recognized as one of the "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality" for the fourth consecutive year by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 2013 Corporate Equality Index, achieving a perfect 100 percent score. This index is the primary method for businesses to assess and evaluate their policies, practices and diversity efforts involving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.
"Achieving a perfect score for the fourth year in a row demonstrates to our employees, and our communities, that the inclusive environment we create at BMO Harris Bank benefits every aspect of our business," said Brad Chapin, EVP - Personal Banking, BMO Harris Bank, and Executive Sponsor of the bank's Lion's Pride LGBT affinity group. "Earning the distinction of being a 'Best Place to Work' for LGBT Equality is truly a testament to our mission to provide outstanding diversity efforts in the workplace, and in that we take great pride."
Businesses are evaluated each year on non-discrimination policies, benefits, diversity training, internal resources provided to LGBT workers and outside support of the LGBT community.
Over the past 11 years, the CEI has become the gold standard for corporate policies and practices related to LGBT employees and their families. As part of BMO Harris Bank's long valued practice of recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce, the bank offers several employee affinity groups, including Lion's Pride, which provides a supportive forum for LGBT employees, offers cultural and educational opportunities and gives back to our communities through volunteerism and business development.To read the complete 2013 Corporate Equality Index report, visit www.HRC.org/CEI. About the Human Rights Campaign 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. About BMO Harris Bank Based in Chicago, BMO Harris Bank N.A. provides a broad range of personal banking products and solutions through over 600 branches and approximately 1,300 ATMs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Nevada, Arizona and Florida. BMO Harris Bank's commercial banking team provides a combination of sector expertise, local knowledge and mid-market focus throughout the U.S. Deposit and loan products and services provided by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC. BMO Harris Bank SM is a trade name used by BMO Harris Bank N.A. BMO Harris Bank is part of BMO Financial Group, a North American financial organization with 1,600 branches, and a retail deposit base of approximately $180 billion. SOURCE BMO Harris Bank