Brown-Forman Earns Top Marks in 2014 Corporate Equality Index

  Brown-Forman Earns Top Marks in 2014 Corporate Equality Index

Business Wire

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- December 16, 2013

Brown-Forman Corporation (NYSE:BFA) (NYSE:BFB) received a perfect score of 100
percent on the 2014 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a nationalbenchmarking
survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT
workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. This
is the fourth consecutive year Brown-Forman has received a perfect score.

“The CEI is the gold standard for corporate policies and practices related to
LGBT employees and their families. Brown-Forman has worked hard to create a
workplace that is inclusive and respectful of all employees,” said Ralph de
Chabert, Brown-Forman chief diversity officer. “We believe that a diverse and
inclusive environment is not only the right thing to do, but is also good for
our business and our brands.”

The 2014 CEI rated 934 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. Of those
934 rated, 303 major U.S. businesses earned top marks this year.
Brown-Forman’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria resulted in a
100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT

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. For more information on the 2014 Corporate Equality
Index, or to download a free copy of the report,

For more than 140 years, Brown-Forman Corporation has enriched the experience
of life by responsibly building fine quality beverage alcohol brands,
including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Southern Comfort, Finlandia, Jack
Daniel’s & Cola, Canadian Mist, Korbel, Gentleman Jack, el Jimador, Herradura,
Sonoma-Cutrer, Chambord, New Mix, Tuaca, and Woodford Reserve. Brown-Forman’s
brands are supported by nearly 4,000 employees and sold in approximately 160
countries worldwide. For more information about the company, please visit


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Phil Lynch, 502-774-7928
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Vice President
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