Press Release


Interpublic Receives Perfect Score on the 2010 HRC Corporate Equality
Index for Second Consecutive Year

October 4, 2010 at 7:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK, Oct 04, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG) has earned a 100% rating in the Corporate Equality Index, an annual survey published by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), for its second consecutive year. The list ranks companies based on their policies and practices relating to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) employees and is considered a benchmark for companies that are progressive, inclusive employers of choice. As was the case in the 2010 survey, Interpublic is the only global marketing services holding company to be included in HRC's list of "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality," based on its perfect score.

Interpublic has maintained its perfect score through a series of comprehensive audits of its policies, including medical coverage, non-discrimination policies, employee guidelines and training, as they relate to LGBT employees and their partners. Where needed, new policies were implemented by Interpublic's Global HR Council in the past year, including new Gender Transition Guidelines to assist managers in facilitating a transgender employee's transition in the workplace.

"Over the past five years, IPG has made a formal commitment to becoming the world's most inclusive network of marketing services companies," said Michael I. Roth, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Interpublic. "As part of that plan, we launched employee resource groups across our entire network. These groups partner with clients, the community and one another. As one of these groups, the IPGLBT has helped make Interpublic one of the most progressive places to work for LGBT talent, not just in the advertising world, but in business. Our plan is to continue investing in these resource groups, as we have even during one of the most significant economic downturns in recent history. We also plan to build on the progress we have made, and make real changes to the DNA of our company. This recognition from HRC goes a long way toward making that culture change happen."

About Interpublic

Interpublic is one of the world's leading organizations of advertising agencies and marketing services companies. Major global brands include Draftfcb, FutureBrand, GolinHarris International, Initiative, Jack Morton Worldwide, Lowe Worldwide, Magna, McCann Erickson, Momentum, MRM Worldwide, Octagon, UM and Weber Shandwick. Leading domestic brands include Campbell-Ewald, Campbell Mithun, Carmichael Lynch, Deutsch, Hill Holliday, Mullen, The Martin Agency and R/GA. For more information, please visit

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