Alliance Data Included in 2021 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index for the Third Consecutive Year
COLUMBUS, Ohio, February 12, 2021 /3BL Media/ – Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE: ADS), a leading provider of data-driven marketing, loyalty and payment solutions, today announced that it is one of 380 global companies included in the 2021 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI). The reference index measures gender equality across five pillars: female leadership and talent pipeline, equal pay and gender pay parity, inclusive culture, sexual harassment policies and pro-women brand.
Alliance Data was included in the 2021 index for scoring at or above the global threshold established by Bloomberg, underscoring the Company’s actions and progress toward gender equality, overall DE&I performance and relevant disclosures. It is the third consecutive year that the Company has been recognized on the index.
“With associates, partners and customers around the world, we recognize the importance of gender equality within the broader scope of our DE&I efforts across our workforce and all stakeholders we serve,” said Brandy Sullivan, vice president of human resources, Alliance Data Card Services. “We are committed to promoting gender equity at all levels of our business, and continually driving improvement and increased transparency in our DE&I efforts.”
The GEI includes organizations from around the globe and in a variety of industries, including automotive, banking, consumer services, engineering and construction, and retail. The index brings transparency to gender-related practices and policies at publicly listed companies, increasing the breadth of environmental, social, governance (ESG) data available to investors. The comprehensive GEI scoring methodology allows investors to assess company performance and compare across industry peer groups.
“The companies included in the 2021 GEI are expanding the ESG data universe to include gender-related data that investors are demanding today,” said Peter T. Grauer, Chairman of Bloomberg. “Their commitment to disclosure is making the business case for inclusion, and driving transparency in the markets.”
Through disclosure of gender-related metrics using the GEI framework, the firms included in the 2021 GEI have committed to providing a comprehensive look at their investment in workplace gender equality and the communities in which they operate, raising the bar of what should be expected from other companies within the same industry.
More information on Alliance Data’s sustainability strategy is available here.
About Alliance Data
Alliance Data® (NYSE: ADS) is a leading provider of data-driven marketing, loyalty and payment solutions serving large, consumer-based industries. The Company creates and deploys customized solutions that measurably change consumer behavior while driving business growth and profitability for some of today's most recognizable brands. Alliance Data helps its partners create and increase customer loyalty across multiple touch points using traditional, digital, mobile and emerging technologies. A FORTUNE 500 and S&P MidCap 400 company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Alliance Data consists of businesses that together employ nearly 8,000 associates at approximately 45 locations worldwide.
Alliance Data's Card Services business is a comprehensive provider of market-leading private label, co-brand, general purpose and business credit card programs, digital payments, including Bread®, and Comenity-branded financial services. LoyaltyOne® owns and operates the AIR MILES® Reward Program, Canada's most recognized loyalty program, and Netherlands-based BrandLoyalty, a global provider of tailor-made loyalty programs for grocers. More information about Alliance Data can be found at www.AllianceData.com.
Forward Looking Statements
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