CLEVELAND, April 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the business voice of the LGBT community, in collaboration with its partners in the National Business Inclusion Consortium (NBIC), has named KeyBank to the second annual Best-of-the-Best list of corporations in America committed to diversity and inclusion across all communities. KeyBank joins the ranks of 45 major U.S. businesses and the only Ohio-based bank to earn this distinction.
"The Best-of-the-Best designation is the top corporate honor bestowed for commitments to America's diverse employees and business owners, which includes LGBT, people of color, women, and people with disabilities. This designation is not easily earned, making it all the more prized," said NGLCC Co-Founder and President Justin Nelson.
NGLCC formed the National Business Inclusion Consortium in 2011, and its members represent a total of over $9 trillion in annual economic strength and significant contributions to the marketplace and workplace. Only companies achieving industry leading results across all diverse segments are eligible to receive the prestigious Best-of-the-Best designation from the NBIC.
"KeyBank is committed to growing and sustaining diversity and inclusion within our workforce and for our clients and communities," said Poppie Parish, KeyCorp Chief Diversity Officer. "We recognize that every individual brings unique backgrounds, experiences, and ideas, which make KeyBank stronger. Closely tied to diversity, the power of inclusion means all employees and clients are valued and encouraged to bring their authentic selves to KeyBank each day. At Key, these tenets are woven into our corporate fabric and we work collaboratively to create an inclusive environment," added Parish.
Criteria required to be named a 2017 Best-of-the-Best corporation includes a comprehensive review of an organization's inclusive programs, which may involve Supplier Diversity initiatives, Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and workplace engagement opportunities, and diverse marketplace and community engagements. Additionally, a detailed report of policies and achievements in the diversity and inclusion space--along with recognition or ratings such as the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index, the U.S. Business Leadership Network's Disability Equality Index, or Diversity Inc.'s Top 50— is weighted and reviewed by a committee of NBIC leaders.
As a diverse and inclusive organization, KeyBank's approaches to banking and operations have earned notable recognition that point to transformative philanthropy, sustainability, community development, and diversity and inclusion advancement. From numerous national, regional and local organizations, KeyBank and its employees have been honored for collective and individual leadership and achievements in diversity and inclusion including the Human Rights Campaign's "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality," DiversityInc magazine's "Top 50 Companies for Diversity" and GI Jobs as a "Military Friendly Employer" and a "Military Spouse Friendly Employer."
KeyCorp's roots trace back 190 years to Albany, New York. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Key is one of the nation's largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $134.5 billion at March 31, 2017. Key provides deposit, lending, cash management, insurance, and investment services to individuals and businesses in 15 states under the name KeyBank National Association through a network of more than 1,200 branches and more than 1,500 ATMs. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications, and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit https://www.key.com/. KeyBank is Member FDIC.
The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is the business voice of the LGBT community and is the largest global organization specifically dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people. NGLCC is the exclusive certification body for LGBT-owned businesses. www.nglcc.org
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