Hormel Foods Earns Top Marks on 2017 Corporate Equality Index

Hormel Foods Earns 100 Percent on Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s
th Annual Scorecard on LGBT Workplace Equality

AUSTIN, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#recognition–Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) today announced that it received a
perfect score of 100 percent on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI),
a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and
practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human
Rights Campaign Foundation. Hormel Foods joins the ranks of 517 major
U.S. businesses that also earned top marks this year.

“We are extremely honored to receive a perfect score for the second year
in a row on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality
Index,” said Andre L. Goodlett, corporate manager of diversity and
inclusion at Hormel Foods. “This recognition reflects our commitment to
foster a diverse and inclusive culture for all of our employees.”

The 2017 CEI rated 1,043 businesses in the report, which evaluates
LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination
workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive
health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with
the LGBT community. The company’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s
criteria results in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best
Place to Work for LGBT Equality.

For more information about the 2017 Corporate Equality Index, or to
download a copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America’s
largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for
lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a
world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at
home, at work and in every community.

About Hormel Foods – Inspired People. Inspired Food.
Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a global branded food
company with over $9 billion in annual revenues across 75 countries
worldwide. Its brands include SKIPPY®, SPAM®,
Hormel® Natural Choice®,
Applegate®, Justin’s®, Wholly
®, Hormel®
Black Label
® and more than 30 other beloved
brands. The company is a member of the S&P 500 Index and the S&P 500
Dividend Aristocrats, was named one of “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens”
by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the eighth year in a row, and
has received numerous other awards and accolades for its corporate
responsibility and community service efforts. In 2016, the company
celebrated its 125th anniversary and announced its new vision
for the future – Inspired People. Inspired Food.™ – focusing on
its legacy of innovation. For more information, visit www.hormelfoods.com
and http://2015csr.hormelfoods.com/.


Hormel Foods Corporation
Kelly Braaten, 507-437-5345