RBC rated as a 'Best Place To Work for LGBT Equality' by the Human Rights Campaign

  RBC rated as a 'Best Place To Work for LGBT Equality' by the Human Rights
                                   Campaign

PR Newswire

TORONTO, Nov. 15, 2012

Company achieves 100 percent on annual Corporate Equality Index rating

TORONTO, Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) announced
today that RBC Wealth Management-U.S. and RBC Capital Markets-U.S. received a
100 percent rating from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) for its 2013 Corporate
Equality Index (CEI), and is recognized as one of the "Best Places to Work for
LGBT Equality." The CEI rating annually recognizes companies with policies and
procedures that support the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT)
community. RBC received this honour based on a joint submission from the RBC
Wealth Management-U.S. and RBC Capital Markets businesses.

"We are proud to have earned HRC's highest Corporate Equality Index rating for
the third year," said John Taft, CEO, RBC Wealth Management-U.S. and executive
sponsor of the RBC Gay, Lesbian, Allied and Diverse Employees (GLADE) employee
resource group (ERG) for RBC Wealth Management-U.S. "This rating recognizes
all that we do to support diversity and inclusion both within the company and
the communities where we live and work."

"We are honoured to receive this esteemed rating, alongside several of our
clients and business partners who value diversity," said Deborah Freer, U.S.
Chief Operating Officer of RBC Capital Markets and Executive Sponsor of RBC
Capital Markets' PRIDE Employee Resource Group. "This recognition underscores
RBC's commitment to creating an inclusive and diverse workplace where
employees can reach their full potential and best serve our clients,
shareholders and communities."

As an advocate for equal employment opportunities, RBC maintains a workplace
that embraces diversity and inclusion. The company provides benefits to
employees' opposite and same sex domestic partners and introduced transgender
benefits in 2012. In addition, the company supports both national and local
organizations that serve the LGBT community through sponsorships, grants and
the employee matching gift program.

RBC supports several LGBT ERGs globally, including RBC GLADE, (1999), RBC
PRIDE Canada (2006), RBC PRIDE Capital Markets (2011); RBC GLOBE UK (2011) .
All groups have a mission to create a welcoming and open working environment
that allows LGBT employees to achieve their full potential.

The Corporate Equality index is the premier national benchmark for LGBT
workplace inclusion. The report provides an in-depth analysis and rating of
large U.S. employers and their policies and practices pertinent to the LGBT
market. A total of 899 businesses spanning nearly every industry and major
geography of the U.S. were rated in the 2013 CEI including 293 Fortune 500
companies. Of those voluntary submissions, a record 252 businesses received a
top rating of 100 percent.

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 RBC
Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) and its subsidiaries operate under
the master brand name RBC. We are Canada's largest bank as measured by assets
and market capitalization, and are among the largest banks in the world, based
on market capitalization. We are one of North America's leading diversified
financial services companies, and provide personal and commercial banking,
wealth management services, insurance, corporate and investment banking and
transaction processing services on a global basis. We employ approximately
74,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 15 million personal,
business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada,
the U.S. and 51 other countries. For more information, please visit rbc.com.

SOURCE RBC

Contact:

Ann Wasik, RBC Wealth Management, 612-313-1275,ann.wasik@rbc.com
Kaitlin Conetta, RBC Capital Markets, 212-428-6409,kaitlin.conetta@rbc.com
 
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