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FOR RELEASE 9/25/2007, Tuesday

Bausch & Lomb Earns Perfect Corporate Equality Index Score for 5th Consecutive Year

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Bausch & Lomb has achieved a perfect score for the fifth consecutive year in the annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a nationwide business ranking sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

 

The CEI rates companies on how they treat gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. The criteria include domestic-partner benefits that go beyond health insurance, such as retirement benefits and leave policies, and supportive guidelines and wellness benefits for transgender employees.

 

“Achieving equality for all employees is an ongoing process, not a single action or initiative,” said Clayton Osborne, vice president, Human Resources, Bausch & Lomb. “We are committed to diversity and equality here at Bausch & Lomb, and we have made good progress. We need to continue our efforts aimed at embracing and valuing all of our employees, including gay, lesbian and transgender staff. There is an indisputable link between having highly engaged employees who are culturally competent and achieving outstanding business results.”

 

Bausch & Lomb was one of 193 businesses, out of 517, that received the 100 percent ranking.

 

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Bausch & Lomb is the eye health company dedicated to perfecting vision and enhancing life for consumers around the world. Its core businesses include soft and rigid gas permeable contact lenses and lens care products, and ophthalmic surgical and pharmaceutical products. The Bausch & Lomb name is one of the best known and most respected healthcare brands in the world. Founded in 1853, Bausch & Lomb is headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., and employs approximately 13,000 people worldwide. Its products are available in more than 100 countries. More information about Bausch & Lomb can be found at www.bausch.com.