First Data Earns Perfect Score as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Community on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index

For third consecutive year, First Data scores 100 percent on Human
Rights Campaign Foundation’s Annual Scorecard on LGBT Workplace Equality

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–First Data (NYSE: FDC), a global leader in commerce-enabling technology,
proudly announced today that it received a perfect score of 100 percent
on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for a third consecutive 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 once again been recognized for
fostering a workplace culture that celebrates diversity and values LGBT
equality,” said Cindy Armine-Klein, Executive Vice President, Chief
Control Officer, and founder of UNITY, First Data’s LGBT employee
resource group. “This perfect score from CEI validates our effort to
create a welcoming and inclusive work environment that embraces our
differences and ultimately strengthens our company.”

“Through 15 editions of the annual Corporate Equality Index, major
private sector employers have demonstrated over and over that inclusion
is not just the right thing to do, it makes for a stronger, more
successful business,” said Deena Fidas, Director of HRC’s Workplace
Equality Program. “From centuries-old companies to those that have
existed for just a few years, major employers have adopted
LGBT-inclusive policies and benefits at rates that continue to outpace
lawmakers and lead the way forward.”

First Data’s commitment to diversity spans across all aspects of its
business. Earlier this year, the company launched a supplier diversity
program to emphasize the importance of working with supplier networks
owned by minority, women, LGBT, and veterans. Additionally, UNITY, First
Data’s LGBT employee resource group, is just one of eight employee
resource groups available to its employees.

For more information on the 2017 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 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 2,500 transactions per
second and $1.9 trillion per year.


Mark Botnick
First Data