Pearson Honored for Inclusive Workplace and Adoption Policies

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Human Rights Campaign and Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption Recognize Learning Company for its Commitment to Employees

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Our commitment to making Pearson a decent place for all employees extends throughout our workforce, our workplace and our marketplace. We aim to support our employees in all the choices they make, encouraging Pearson's people to work and live effectively

Pearson, the world's leading learning company, today announced its recognition as one of the Human Rights Campaign's Best Places to Work and the company's placement on the Dave Thomas Foundation's list of 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces. These honors recognize Pearson's commitment to diversity and its adoption assistance for employees, respectively.

Pearson's inclusion on the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) Best Places to Work list underscores its dedication to being a fair company - where pay, retention, promotions and redundancies are determined without discrimination. The Best Places to Work recognition is bestowed on companies that score 100 on HRC's Corporate Equality Index, a measuring tool ranking how well those companies are at establishing and maintaining inclusive workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

Pearson's diversity initiatives also include support for the National Business Disability Council, Out & Equal, and the POSSE Foundation, which identifies talented urban high schoolers and provides them with intern positions.

"Our commitment to making Pearson a decent place for all employees extends throughout our workforce, our workplace and our marketplace. We aim to support our employees in all the choices they make, encouraging Pearson's people to work and live effectively," said Christine Trum, Pearson's senior vice president for human resources.

With more than 37,000 workers in 60 countries worldwide, Pearson provides a multitude of programs that support people across all of the company's businesses. One of those support systems is financial assistance for Pearson employees who adopt.

To learn more about Pearson, visit http://www.pearson.com.

About Pearson
Pearson has global-reach and market leading businesses in education, business information, and consumer publishing (NYSE: PSO).

About the Human Right's 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.

About the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption    
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a national nonprofit public charity dedicated to dramatically increasing the adoptions of the more than 150,000 children waiting in North America's foster care systems. Created by Wendy's® founder, Dave Thomas, who was adopted, the Foundation implements results-driven national signature programs, foster care adoption awareness initiatives and research-based advocacy efforts. To learn more, visit http://www.DaveThomasFoundation.org or call 1-800-ASK-DTFA.

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