DiversityInc Names Lilly a Top Company for Diversity

             DiversityInc Names Lilly a Top Company for Diversity

PR Newswire

INDIANAPOLIS, April 25, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, April 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY)
has been named to the 2012 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list.
Lilly ranked 29th, an increase from its 2011 rating of 39.

DiversityInc's "Top 50 Companies for Diversity" is known as the leading
assessment of diversity management globally. To make the list, participating
companies must have more than 1,000 employees and demonstrate strength in key
diversity areas: CEO commitment, human capital, corporate and organizational
communications, and supplier diversity – while also showing year-to-year
progress in diversity initiatives.

"We believe diversity is critical to innovation. Our inclusion on the
DiversityInc list is a great honor and validation of our efforts to create an
environment where innovation can flourish," said Shaun Hawkins, chief
diversity officer. "Embracing diversity is at the core of our long-held value
of respect for people. It is the lens through which we understand and respond
to the unique needs of the millions of individuals who depend on our
medicines.

"Our diversity commitment extends through the full spectrum of our business,
including our supply chain, clinical trial strategy and marketing. We also
work to ensure that diversity is embedded in our global practices, policies
and training, and in recent years, we have increased our leaders'
accountability for developing diverse talent," Hawkins said.

Methodology
A total of 587 companies participated in the 2012 DiversityInc Top 50
competition, up 11 percent from last year. The evaluation for placement
consists of more than 300 empirical questions across four areas: CEO
commitment, human capital, corporate and organizational communications, and
supplier diversity.

The results are determined by statistical analysis. It is an independent
editorial process and there is no fee to enter the competition and no
requirement to conduct business with DiversityInc.

There has been significant movement on the list this year:

  oTwenty companies moved up in rank; 24 moved down; six kept the same
    ranking
  oThree companies moved on to the list from the 25 Noteworthy Companies list
    last year
  oTwo companies came back to the list after falling off last year
  oTwo companies made the list for the first time, one of which was a
    first-time participant

The top 50 companies, selected from among 587 submissions, were announced
April 24 in New York. To see the full list, visit
http://diversityinc.com/the-diversityinc-top-50-companies-for-diversity-2012/.

To learn more about diversity at Lilly, visit
www.lilly.com/about/diversity/Pages/diversity.aspx.

About Eli Lilly and Company

Lilly, a leading innovation-driven corporation, is developing a growing
portfolio of pharmaceutical products by applying the latest research from its
own worldwide laboratories and from collaborations with eminent scientific
organizations.

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., Lilly provides answers - through
medicines and information - for some of the world's most urgent medical needs.
Additional information about Lilly is available at www.lilly.com. C-LLY

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SOURCE Eli Lilly and Company
 
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