NEW YORK, April 16, 2019 – The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) today announced that it has joined the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC’s) Business Coalition for the Equality Act, a group of 190 leading U.S. businesses that support federal legislation that would safeguard LGBT+ persons against discrimination as a protected group. HRC’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act includes businesses operating in all 50 states that employ over 9.8 million people and generate $4.2 trillion in combined revenue.

The Equality Act is proposed U.S. federal legislation that would protect LGBT+ persons from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment and on a range of public services, including housing, credit, juries, and more. The Equality Act would provide the same protections to LGBT+ persons as other protected groups under U.S. federal law.

Our commitment to HRC’s Business Coalition represents RBC’s continued advocacy towards creating a more inclusive workplace and society. We believe that diversity and inclusion are fundamental to helping our clients thrive and communities prosper, and we support the introduction of the Equality Act as another step towards promoting fairness, equality and equal opportunity for all.

About RBC

Royal Bank of Canada is a global financial institution with a purpose-driven, principles-led approach to delivering leading performance. Our success comes from the 84,000+ employees who bring our vision, values and strategy to life so we can help our clients thrive and communities prosper. As Canada's biggest bank, and one of the largest in the world based on market capitalization, we have a diversified business model with a focus on innovation and providing exceptional experiences to our 16 million clients in Canada, the U.S. and 33 other countries. Learn more at rbc.com.

We are proud to support a broad range of community initiatives through donations, community investments and employee volunteer activities. See how at rbc.com/community-sustainability.

About Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

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.