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Diversity Commitment

HRC Recognizes Equality Efforts

Best Places to Work

From hiring and recruitment to training and benefits, Nordstrom has long been committed to creating a workplace where every one of our employees is valued and respected and their diverse needs are met. The Human Rights Commission (HRC) has recognized that commitment.

For the sixth consecutive year, Nordstrom scored a perfect 100 percent on the HRC's Corporate Equality Index survey (CEI), which rates large U.S. employers on their policies, practices, and benefits for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities and employees. The CEI survey—also known as HRC's Best Places to Work list—is a tool designed specifically to help improve workplace conditions for those in the LGBT community by encouraging corporations to adopt and practice pro–LGBT employee policies.

"This score is something we work hard to earn each year." — Amelia Ransom Letcher, Nordstrom Diversity Affairs Results reflect our commitment

The HRC is America's largest civil rights organization working toward LGBT equality. The CEI survey rates employers based on several categories, including access to health and medical benefits for same–sex partners, clearly defined non–discrimination policies, diversity training and management, and benefits such as access to mental health counseling for employees who are part of the transgender community. To participate, Nordstrom fills out a comprehensive survey that measures our coverage for employees in these areas, as well as our future areas of focus.

"We are proud of our score and believe it is a reflection of our efforts to create an environment respectful of all employees, customers and vendors," said Amelia Ransom Letcher, vice president of Diversity Affairs for Nordstrom. "At Nordstrom, our support for creating an equitable workplace stems from the value we place on diversity and the belief that a diverse workforce makes our company better and strengthens the communities we serve."

An opportunity to learn

We also use the results we receive from the CEI as an opportunity to learn. Using the data from the survey, we are able to reevaluate where we are today and look at changes, if any, we may consider for the future to ensure that we are continuing to support our employees' changing needs.

"This score is something we work hard to earn each year," said Amelia. "It's encouraging seeing our continued progress and rewarding to be recognized for our ongoing efforts in this area. We'll look at this as another way to continue to improve on what we're doing and make this an even better workplace for our employees."

To review the CEI survey in its entirety, visit www.hrc.org/CEI2011.

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