Lilly Recognized as One of the Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality

     Lilly Recognized as One of the Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality

Human Rights Campaign rating among company's recent LGBT workplace honors

PR Newswire

INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 19, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --For the seventh consecutive year,
Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) has received a 100 percent rating on the
Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equality Index (CEI) – one of three
honors the company recently has earned for lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender (LGBT) equality in the workplace practices.

"We are honored to be recognized among the top companies in the nation for our
commitment to diversity and inclusion," said Shaun Hawkins, chief diversity
officer. "At Lilly, ensuring that diversity is sought, valued and respected is
critical to our company's success. Our focus is finding innovative medical
solutions for patients, and we can only do that with a workforce that brings a
wide variety of perspectives."

Lilly is one of 252 companies to receive the perfect CEI score among 889 U.S.
businesses rated, including the entire Fortune 500, and has been named to
HRC's "Best Places to Work" list. The HRC is the nation's largest LGBT civil
rights organization and its CEI has become the foremost benchmark for
businesses to gauge their level of LGBT workplace inclusion against

The CEI rates companies on 40 specific policies and practices. To achieve a
perfect score, companies must have fully inclusive equal employment
opportunity policies, provide equal employment benefits, demonstrate
organizational LGBT competency, show commitment to equality publicly and
exercise responsible citizenship. The CEI report is available online at

In addition to strong workforce practices for its LGBT employees, Lilly
supports a number of global, national and state LGBT organizations. The
company also will work with other businesses to oppose a proposed amendment to
the Indiana constitution that would ban same-sex marriages and civil unions
along with posing challenges to the extension of domestic partner benefits.

Additional honors
Recently, Lilly also was named a Workplace Excellence Award finalist for the
first time by Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. The award recognizes employers
that have an ongoing commitment to workplace equality, demonstrated by
leadership, dedication and innovation on behalf of LGBT employees. Finalists
for the award, in addition to Lilly, included Boehringer Ingelheim, Whirlpool
and Google, which won the award.

Additionally, Work Life Matters Magazine has recognized Lilly for its efforts
as a Top Company for LGBT Equality. Since 2002, the magazine has honored
companies that serve as leaders in their respective fields by providing
innovative and effective work/life balance programs and policies for their
employees. This is the first time Lilly has been named to the list. Lilly,
along with Microsoft, ESPN, Davis Polk & Wardwell, Discovery Communications
and Orbitz Worldwide, will be recognized at a gala December 4 in New York

For a full list of Lilly diversity awards and recognitions, visit

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 C-LLY

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