Rockland Trust Earns Perfect Score in 2016 Corporate Equality Index

Receives 100 percent on Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Annual
Scorecard on LGBT Workplace Equality

ROCKLAND, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rockland Trust Company, a commercial bank that serves Eastern
Massachusetts and Rhode Island, received a perfect score of 100 percent
on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), administered by the Human
Rights Campaign Foundation. The Index is a national benchmarking survey
and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace
equality. Rockland Trust is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Independent
Bank Corp. (NASDAQ: INDB).

“We are honored to be recognized for our commitment to embracing the
rich diversity of our colleagues, customers, and communities,” said
Christopher Oddleifson, President and CEO of Rockland Trust. “At
Rockland Trust we believe in creating an inclusive environment that
respects all individuals and values their relationships with us.”

The 2016 CEI rated 1,027 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. Rockland Trust’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.

“In this 2016 Corporate Equality Index, hundreds of major businesses
responded to our new standards for workplace equality with exceptional
leadership,” said HRC Foundation Workplace Equality program Director
Deena Fidas. “Rockland Trust 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.”

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

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 Rockland Trust

Independent Bank Corp. has approximately $7.1 billion in assets and is
the holding company for Rockland Trust Company, a full-service
commercial bank headquartered in Massachusetts. Rockland Trust offers a
wide range of banking, investment, and insurance services to businesses
and individuals through retail branches, commercial lending offices,
investment management offices, and residential lending centers in
Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island as well as through telephone
banking, mobile banking, and the Internet. Named in 2015 to The Boston
Globe’s “Top Places to Work” list for the seventh consecutive year,
Rockland Trust was rated the top Largest Employer to work for in
Massachusetts. Rockland Trust is an FDIC member and an Equal Housing
Lender. To learn why Rockland Trust is the bank “Where Each Relationship
Matters®,” please visit


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