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Willis Towers Watson earns top marks in Human Rights Campaign’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index

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January 28, 2021

ARLINGTON, VA, January 28, 2021 – Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW), a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company, announced it received a score of 100% on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBT+ workplace equality. Willis Towers Watson joins the ranks of 767 major U.S. businesses that also earned top marks this year.

“Receiving a 100% CEI score is a key indicator of our commitment to inclusion and diversity, and earning the designation as a “Best Place to Work for LGBT+ Equality” for the sixth year in a row is a tremendous honor,” said Alicia Speight, Willis Towers Watson’s leader for the Florida Market and North America Out@WTW. “Willis Towers Watson stands steadfast in its support of our LGBT+ colleagues and the resolution of important LGBT+ equality issues in the workplace. We are very thankful for all the work our Out@WTW Inclusion Network does each year to make this happen.”

“From the impact of the pandemic, to a long overdue reckoning with racial injustice, 2020 was an unprecedented year. Yet, many businesses across the nation stepped up and continued to prioritize and champion LGBT+ equality,” said Alphonso David, president, Human Rights Campaign. “Tools such as the CEI are crucial in the work to increase equity and inclusion in the workplace, while companies must breathe life into these policies and practices in real and tangible ways. Thank you to the companies that understand protecting their LGBT+ employees and consumers from discrimination is not just the right thing to do; it’s also the best business decision.”

The results of the 2021 CEI showcase not only how 1,142 U.S.-based companies are promoting LGBT+-friendly workplace policies in the U.S. but also how the 57% of CEI-rated companies with global operations are helping advance the cause of LGBT+ inclusion in workplaces abroad. Willis Towers Watson’s efforts in satisfying all the CEI’s criteria earned a 100% CEI score and the designation as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBT+ Equality.

The CEI rates employers providing these crucial protections to over 18 million U.S. workers and an additional 17 million abroad. Companies rated in the CEI include Fortune magazine’s 500 largest publicly traded businesses, American Lawyer magazine’s top 200 revenue-grossing law firms (AmLaw 200), and hundreds of publicly and privately held mid- to large-sized businesses.

The CEI rates companies on detailed criteria falling under four central pillars:

  • Nondiscrimination policies across business entities
  • Equitable benefits for LGBT+ workers and their families
  • Supporting an inclusive culture
  • Corporate social responsibility

The full report is available online at www.hrc.org/cei.

About the Human Rights Campaign Foundation

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. The Human Rights Campaign envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

About Willis Towers Watson

Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW) is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has 45,000 employees serving more than 140 countries and markets. We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimize benefits, cultivate talent, and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Our unique perspective allows us to see the critical intersections between talent, assets and ideas — the dynamic formula that drives business performance. Together, we unlock potential.

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