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Berkshire Bank included in annual rating on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s assessment of LGBTQ+ workplace equality.

Boston – Berkshire Bank, a leading community bank with financial centers in New England and New York, is pleased to announce its inclusion on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2023-2024 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality. Berkshire Bank joins the ranks of 1,384 major U.S. businesses that were also ranked in the 2023-2024 CEI.

“Berkshire Bank is proud to be recognized and listed once again in the Corporate Equality Index,” said Gary Levante, senior vice president, corporate responsibility. “The ranking illustrates our continued strong commitment to creating an ecosystem of inclusion and equity for our employees, customers and communities.”

“As a Berkshire Bank employee and co-chair of Berkshire Bank’s Pride Employee Resource Group, I am thrilled to see my employer included on this prestigious equality index for workplace inclusion for the betterment of the LGBTQ+ employees, and the company as a whole,” said Vanessa Pesa, assistant vice president, marketing compliance and project officer.

To read the full release, please visit 2021-2023 Media Releases | Press Releases | Berkshire Bank



About Berkshire Bank 
Berkshire Bank, founded in 1846, is becoming a high-performing, relationship-driven community-focused bank. It empowers the financial potential of its stakeholders by making banking available where, when and how it’s needed through an uncompromising focus on exceptional customer service, digital banking, and positive community impact. Providing a wide range of financial solutions through its consumer banking, commercial banking and wealth management divisions, the bank has approximately $12.1 billion in assets and a community-based footprint of nearly 100 financial centers in Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Headquartered in Boston, Berkshire Hills Bancorp (NYSE: BHLB) is the parent of Berkshire Bank. Named one of America’s Most Trusted Companies by Newsweek and America’s Best Midsize Employers by Forbes, Berkshire is also listed in the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index. To learn more, visit or follow us on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), Instagram, and LinkedIn.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people. Through its programs, the HRC Foundation seeks to make transformational change in the everyday lives of LGBTQ+ people, shedding light on inequity and deepening the public’s understanding of LGBTQ+ issues, with a clear focus on advancing transgender  and racial justice. Its work has transformed the landscape for more than 15 million workers, 11 million students, 1 million clients in the adoption and foster care system and so much more. The HRC  Foundation provides direct consultation and technical assistance to institutions and communities, driving the advancement of inclusive policies and practices; it builds the capacity of future leaders and allies through fellowship and training programs; and, with the firm belief that we are stronger working together, it forges partnerships with advocates in the U.S. and around the globe to increase our impact and shape the future of our work.

Media Contact:
Alicia Jacobs, AVP, Public Relations Officer,