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Lilly Receives 100 Percent Rating on Corporate Equality Index Survey
Date:9/21/2009

INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) has been given a 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) Corporate Equality Index for 2010. This is the fourth consecutive year Lilly is recognized as one of the Best Places to Work for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Equality.

The Corporate Equality Index measures an organization's efforts related to creating an equitable environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees. The HRC's survey questions employers about non-discrimination policies, sexual orientation diversity training availability, employer-provided domestic partner insurance coverage and an employer-sponsored LGBT employee resource group among other criteria.

The HRC pushes corporations to continue striving for excellence, as each year benchmarks are increased and companies must meet higher standards. This ensures that efforts do not become stagnant and that employers are truly supporting the rights of LGBT employees to the best of their abilities.

"We are extremely proud to have received this honor, and see this as further evidence we are making progress in creating fully welcoming workplace for our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees," said Bob Armitage, senior vice president and general counsel at Lilly, and the executive sponsor of GLEAM, Lilly's LGBT employee affinity group. "Lilly is dedicated to fair and equal treatment of all our employees and we greatly appreciate this recognition of our efforts."

GLEAM, which stands for gay and lesbian employees, advocates and more, is an employee affinity group at Lilly established nearly 20 years ago committed to offering a welcome, safe, productive working environment regardless of one's sexual orientation.

About Lilly

Lilly, a leading innovation-driven corporation, is developing a growing portfolio of pharmaceutical products by applying the latest research from its own worldwide laboratories and from collaborations with eminent scientific organizations. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., Lilly provides answers - through medicines and information - for some of the world's most urgent medical needs. Additional information about Lilly is available at www.lilly.com.

About The Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. HRC seeks to improve the lives of LGBT Americans by advocating for equal rights and benefits in the workplace, ensuring families are treated equally under the law and increasing public support among all Americans through innovative advocacy, education and outreach programs. HRC works to secure equal rights for LGBT individuals and families at the federal and state levels by lobbying elected officials, mobilizing grassroots supporters, educating Americans, investing strategically to elect fair-minded officials and partnering with other LGBT organizations.

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