CHICAGO, Dec. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- BMO Harris Bank today announced it has been recognized as one of the "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality" by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 2012 Corporate Equality Index, achieving a perfect 100 percent score. This index is the primary method for businesses to assess and evaluate their policies, practices and diversity efforts involving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.
Out of the 638 companies rated, BMO Harris Bank was among 190 businesses awarded for their outstanding diversity efforts in the workplace after being evaluated on non-discrimination policies, benefits, diversity training, internal resources provided to LGBT workers and outside support of the LGBT community. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index, started in 2002.
"We recognize our employees come from all different walks of life -- as do our customers -- and creating an equitable and open work environment gives us a competitive advantage by allowing us to offer innovative solutions and tailored customer service to all individuals," said Deirdre Drake, senior vice president, Human Resources, BMO Harris Bank.
BMO Harris Bank has long valued the benefits of recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce. The bank offers several employee affinity groups, including Lion's Pride, which provides a supportive forum for LGBT employees, offers cultural and educational opportunities and gives back to our communities through volunteerism and business development.
To read the complete 2012 Corporate Equality Index report, visit www.HRC.org/CEI.
About BMO Harris Bank
Based in Chicago, BMO Harris Bank N.A. has approximately 700 branches and approximately 1,350 ATMs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Nevada, Arizona and Florida. BMO Harris Bank is part of BMO Financial Group, a North American financial organization with 1,600 branches, and a retail deposit base of approximately $180 billion.
BMO Harris Bank is a trade name used by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Banking deposit and loan products and services are provided by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC. Brokerage products are offered through Harris Investor Services, Inc. (HIS), a registered broker/dealer, member FINRA/SIPC, and SEC-registered investment advisor. Insurance products are offered through Harris Bancorp Insurance Services, Inc. (HBIS). Investment banking services are provided by BMO Capital Markets Corp. (BMOCMC) and BMO Capital Markets GKST, Inc. (GKST), a Municipal Bond Dealer and member FINRA and SIPC. Financial planning and investment advisory services are provided by Sullivan, Bruyette, Speros & Blayney, Inc. (Harris SBSB), an SEC registered investment advisor. Family Office Services are provided by Harris myCFO, Inc. Investment advisory services are offered by Harris myCFO Investment Advisory Services LLC (Harris myCFO), an SEC-registered investment advisor and wholly-owned subsidiary of Harris myCFO, Inc. Stoker Ostler Wealth Advisors (Stoker Ostler) is an SEC-registered investment advisor. Investment advisory services to institutional clients are provided by Harris Investment Management (HIM) or its wholly-owned subsidiary HIM Monegy (Monegy), SEC-registered investment advisors. Products offered by HIS, HBIS, BMOCM, Harris SBSB, Harris myCFO, Stoker Ostler, HIM, and Monegy, which are affiliated companies and wholly owned subsidiaries of BMO Financial Corp.,: Are not insured by the FDIC or any Federal Government Agency, not a deposit of or guaranteed by any Bank or Bank Affiliate, may lose value. The purchase of insurance or an annuity is not a condition to any bank loan or service. Not all products and services are offered in every state and/or location.
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