Baxter Receives Perfect Score from Human Rights Campaign Foundation for Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality

Third Consecutive Year Earning 100 Percent Score and Sixteenth Year
in a Row on the Corporate Equality Index

DEERFIELD, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX) announced today that it has earned
a top score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s
2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). Baxter is proud to achieve a
perfect score for the third consecutive year and has been recognized on
the CEI index for 16 consecutive years. The CEI is a national
benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices
related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ)
equality in the workplace.

We are honored to be recognized for our commitment to advancing an
inclusive and diverse culture where every employee feels valued and
respected, and is able to contribute to making Baxter a great place to
work,” said José (Joe) E. Almeida, Baxter chairman and chief executive
officer.We believe a diverse and inclusive workforce is
critical to driving innovation and delivering on our mission to save and
sustain lives.”

The 2018 CEI evaluates LGBTQ-related policies and practices, including
non-discrimination in the workplace, domestic partner benefits,
transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits, diversity programs and public
engagement with the LGBTQ community.

Baxter’s Commitment to Inclusion and Diversity

At Baxter, inclusion and diversity is about building diverse,
high-performing teams that are engaged and innovative, and advancing
company culture so that every employee feels valued, respected and safe
to be their authentic self. A diverse workforce drives innovation,
creates trusted partnerships with customers, suppliers and community
partners, and ultimately contributes to the success and sustainability
of the business.

The culture of inclusion and engagement extends beyond Baxter’s
workforce to the many communities globally in which the company
operates. Baxter has a long history of leadership in corporate
responsibility, including workplace practices, philanthropy and
environmental stewardship. Baxter has been recognized annually by the
Dow Jones Sustainability Index since its inception 18 years ago;
Corporate Responsibility magazine as one of the 100 Best Corporate
Citizens for 16 of the past 18 years; the Civic 50 List for Commitment
to Community for four straight years; and Forbes as one of America’s
Best Employers for three consecutive years. The company also has been
recognized by Thomson Reuters as a Top 100 company for outstanding
practices in diversity and inclusion on its first two Diversity &
Inclusion Indices; by Equal Opportunity Publications as a Top 50
Employer of STEM Workforce Diversity; and is included on the 2020 Women
on Boards list.

About Baxter

Baxter provides a broad portfolio of essential renal and hospital
products, including home, acute and in-center dialysis; sterile IV
solutions; infusion systems and devices; parenteral nutrition; surgery
products and anesthetics; and pharmacy automation, software and
services. The company’s global footprint and the critical nature of its
products and services play a key role in expanding access to healthcare
in emerging and developed countries. Baxter’s employees worldwide are
building upon the company’s rich heritage of medical breakthroughs to
advance the next generation of healthcare innovations that enable
patient care.

About 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. HRC envisions a
world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at
home, at work and in every community.


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