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Willis Towers Watson included in 2020 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index

January 21, 2020 GMT

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Leading global advisory, broking and solutions company, Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW) today announced that it is one of 325 companies across 50 industries included in the 2020 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI). The GEI expanded in 2020 to represent 42 countries and regions, including firms headquartered in the Czech Republic, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, and Russia for the first time. Companies range from a variety of industries, including automotive, banking, consumer services, engineering and construction, and retail.

“We are honored to once again be recognized by the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index,” said John Haley, CEO Willis Towers Watson. “At Willis Towers Watson, we are focused on supporting our female talent and committed to increasing gender balance in leadership levels across the company. We believe a culture of inclusion and diversity is critical and fundamental to everything we do.”

The GEI tracks the financial performance of public companies committed to supporting gender equality through policy development, representation, and transparency. 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. This year, Bloomberg expanded the eligibility for inclusion in the index to nearly 6,000 companies across 84 countries and regions.

The 2019 GEI included 230 companies headquartered across 36 countries and regions. Willis Towers Watson was also included in the 2019 GEI.

“The 325 companies included in the 2020 GEI have shown their commitment to transparency and demonstrated leadership in gender-related data reporting,” said Peter T. Grauer, Chairman of Bloomberg. “Disclosure of company statistics and practices is an important first step in supporting gender equality globally.”

Through disclosure of gender-related metrics using the GEI framework, the firms included in the 2020 GEI have provided a comprehensive look at their investment in workplace gender equality and the communities in which they operate. Willis Towers Watson was included in this year’s index for scoring at or above a global threshold established by Bloomberg to reflect a high level of disclosure and overall performance across the framework’s five pillars.

Both the framework and the GEI are voluntary and have no associated costs. The GEI is a reference index and is not for use as a financial benchmark. The index is not ranked. While all public companies are encouraged to disclose supplemental gender data for their company’s investment profile on the Bloomberg Terminal, those that have a market capitalization of USD1 billion are eligible for inclusion in the index. To learn more please visit the GEI website. Bloomberg Terminal subscribers can access the GEI at {BGEI }.

Media contacts

Miles RussellWillis Towers WatsonT +44 (0)203 124 7446 M +44 (0)7903262118 Miles.russell@willistowerswatson.com Veronika HenzeBloomberg LP+1-646-324-1596 vhenze@bloomberg.net

Liidia LiuksilaBloomberg LP +1 212-617-5424 Lliuksila@bloomberg.net About Willis Towers Watson

Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW) is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has more than 45,000 employees serving more than 140 countries and markets. We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimize benefits, cultivate talent, and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Our unique perspective allows us to see the critical intersections between talent, assets and ideas — the dynamic formula that drives business performance. Together, we unlock potential. Learn more at willistowerswatson.com.