ING U.S. Named as One of the ‘Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality’ for Ninth Consecutive Year

Jan 23, 2014 10:00 AM ET
Press Release

Jan. 23, 2014 /3BL Media/ - For the ninth consecutive year, ING U.S. (NYSE: VOYA), which will rebrand as Voya Financial in 2014, has received a perfect score of 100% on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a survey that assesses American workplaces on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality. To view the 2014 report, visit

“Creating and maintaining a culture that places a high value on diversity is critical to our organization. We aim to create a high-performing culture and, most importantly, a high-performing business,” said Chief Human Resources Officer Kevin Silva. “This recognition underscores that we live our corporate values: ‘We do the right thing’ and ‘We care.’ They convey our integrity and our respect for all employees and their contributions to ING U.S.”

The CEI rates companies on 40 specific policies and practices. To achieve a perfect score and the coveted distinction of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality,” companies must have fully inclusive equal employment opportunity policies, provide equal employment benefits, demonstrate organizational LGBT competency, evidence their commitment to equality publicly and exercise responsible citizenship. A total of 934 businesses were rated in the 2014 CEI, with a record 303 earning a perfect score.

“We are committed to fostering an inclusive environment to attract and retain the best talent,” said Holly Pitts, ING U.S. director of HR strategy and diversity, “Our employee resource groups, including our LGBT group (“GALA”), play an important role in helping us not only understand the needs of diverse communities, but also support our mission to make a secure financial future possible, one person, one family, one institution at a time.”

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About ING U.S.

ING U.S. (NYSE: VOYA), which will rebrand as Voya Financial in 2014, is a premier retirement, investment and insurance company serving the financial needs of approximately 13 million individual and institutional customers in the United States.  The company’s vision is to be America’s Retirement Company and its guiding principle is centered on solving the most daunting financial challenge facing Americans today — retirement readiness. Working directly with clients and through a broad group of financial intermediaries, independent producers, affiliated advisors and dedicated sales specialists, ING U.S. provides a comprehensive portfolio of asset accumulation, asset protection and asset distribution products and services.  With a dedicated workforce of approximately 7,000 employees, ING U.S. is grounded in a clear mission to make a secure financial future possible — one person, one family, one institution at a time.  For more information, visit  Follow ING U.S. on Twitter @ING_USA and Facebook.