Coors Brewing Company Receives Perfect Score on Corporate Equality Index for Third Year in a Row; Human Rights Campaign Foundation Recognizes Coors' Support of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community
GOLDEN, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 19, 2006--For the third year in a row, Coors Brewing Company (NYSE: TAP)(TSX: TAP) has received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's "Corporate Equality Index," which evaluates how major U.S. corporations treat their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors.
"Diversity is so important at Coors, we have made it one of our business priorities," Troy Dickerson, vice president of Diversity and Community Affairs, said. "We know that our differences strengthen us as a company -- and as a community. We are proud to achieve this honor three years in a row," Dickerson added.
"We have had an opportunity to share some of our learnings and best practices with some of our customers. And through some of our groundbreaking policies such as domestic partner benefits and our inclusion of 'gender identity' in our non-discrimination policy, we have modeled the way for many other corporations," Dickerson said. Annually, Coors supports organizations within the LGBT community -- from groups supporting people affected by HIV and AIDS to Pride activities and LGBT sporting events nationwide, she noted.
Since its launch in 2002, the Corporate Equality Index has become the standard by which companies are measured in regard to LGBT diversity and inclusion. In 2004 and 2005, Coors received a perfect score of 100 on the report card. In 2002 and 2003, Coors was ranked as "exceeding expectations" with a score of 86.
Coors Brewing Company is one of more than 138 major U.S. companies that scored 100 percent on the Corporate Equality Index this year -- up from 101 in 2005. Researchers at HRC's Foundation -- America's largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender organization -- assessed corporate performance on criteria including non-discriminatory employment policies, same-sex domestic partner insurance, LGBT employee resource groups, diversity training, marketing, and corporate social responsibility.
About Coors Brewing Company
Coors Brewing Company is a subsidiary of Molson Coors Brewing Company, (NYSE: TAP)(TSX: TAP). It is the third-largest brewer in the U.S. The company's U.S. brands include Coors Light, Molson Canadian, Coors, Killian's Irish Red, Keystone, Blue Moon, Coors NA and Zima XXX. For more information on Molson Coors, visit the company's Web site, www.molsoncoors.com.
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