Abilities in Abundance: Our continued commitment to inclusive employment

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With recent national unemployment rates for individuals with disabilities more than double that of people without disabilities, it’s evident that the disability community continues to face significant barriers to gaining and maintaining employment. At CVS Health, we’re addressing the national disability employment gap and helping break down the barriers faced by far too many with differing abilities. Our company’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion means that we believe in connecting individuals with disabilities with rewarding work experiences at CVS Health, which we do through our nationally recognized Abilities in Abundance program.

Led by CVS Health’s Workforce Initiatives team, Abilities in Abundance provides the tools, training, and support individuals need to build a path to better health, discover new career prospects and create a more promising future for themselves. Abilities in Abundance offers highly successful skills development programs, job training, and placement opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as those with visual impairments.

Through CVS Health’s ongoing work with partners from government organizations, community associations, and educational institutions, we’re able to find strong candidates who are often untapped sources of talent and are committed to learning the skills necessary to grow their careers. In collaboration with workforce partners and third-party organizations, we’ve been able to create effective workforce development programs aimed primarily towards job seekers from populations typically underrepresented in workplaces.

Training our Abilities in Abundance program participants

CVS Health’s invaluable relationships with state and local agencies, including the National Consortium of State-Operated Comprehensive Rehabilitation Centers (NCSOCRC) and Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR), have enabled us to help many individuals with disabilities gain meaningful employment.

For example, in collaboration with NCSOCR, we currently operate eight mock CVS Pharmacy locations, where people with disabilities receive classroom and hands-on training in life and job skills such as providing customer service, stocking shelves and working at the cash register. Each center is installed with mock equipment and participants work closely with trained staff to learn about the roles and responsibilities of front store and pharmacy technician positions.

CVS Health currently operates eight mock CVS Pharmacy locations, where people with disabilities receive classroom and hands-on training in life and job skills such as providing customer service, stocking shelves and working at the cash register.
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Our Workforce Innovation & Talent Centers (WITC), which are a part of CVS Health’s Workforce Initiatives program, also play a key role in the ongoing success of the Abilities in Abundance program, incorporating education on job skills and providing exposure to work in a retail environment. Each WITC houses a classroom, office space, a full mock pharmacy that closely resembles an active CVS Pharmacy location and is staffed by a full-time manager who facilitates relationships with internal and external partners. Many of the individuals who participate at our WITC later transition to positions within CVS Health or leverage their experience to obtain work elsewhere. Additionally, retention rates among CVS Health colleagues who participate in a WITC program are higher than for other colleagues.

Creating opportunities for individuals of all abilities

Kevin Kan, one of the many Abilities in Abundance success stories featured in the video, began his employment at CVS Pharmacy after completing the first ever mock store training program held in the New York City WITC with community partner FEGS, a nonprofit health and human services organization.

Kevin stood out among the crowd right from the beginning, as he was eager to learn all the retail store associate tasks and really strived to put his best foot forward throughout the customized employment program. Following the mock store training program, Kevin applied and interviewed for the retail store associate role, prior to even completing an in-store work experience program.

Kevin’s incredible work ethic and willingness to assist customers and his other colleagues has made him an exemplary retail employee. He has also volunteered to be a guest speaker for our mock store training program associates and has been asked on multiple occasions to join partnership meetings to share his experience with Abilities in Abundance.

To learn more about CVS Health’s employment and training programs, including Abilities in Abundance, visit the Workforce Initiatives page.

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Developing our diverse workforce

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Creating opportunities for youth

With some of the best talent in the industry, we have a unique opportunity to expose youth to a vast number of careers in health care. Our STEM enriched, nationally recognized program, myCVS Journey Pathways to Health Care Careers, introduces students to career opportunities in pharmacy services; professional management; medicine and nursing; and IT, analytics and engineering.

In 2018, more than 2,800 youth participated in the program, nearly half of whom engaged in the pharmacy track. We extended the program’s reach through a new collaboration with Job Corps, the largest free residential education and job training program for young adults that reaches more than 60,000 students per year.

Investing in job training

To strengthen our workforce and address our nation’s widening skills gap, we train highly capable individuals for meaningful careers in pharmacy care, prescription benefit management, and retail store management. In 2005, we became the first employer to launch a U.S. Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship program for pharmacy technicians. By 2022, we plan to hire 8,000 registered apprentices and provide these new colleagues with classroom and online instruction, professional mentorship, and on-the-job training, as well as pre- and postplacement retention support. At the end of 2018, we had hired more than 3,200 colleagues through this program.

We continue to identify ways to reach more prospective apprentices, and our newest program in Maryland – the state’s first for pharmacy technicians and pharmacy managers – provides structured training through our Regional Learning Centers (RLC) in Washington, D.C., and District Heights, MD.

Once apprentices complete the training, they are eligible to apply for a position at one of our more than 220 retail locations in the state.

Our RLCs serve as a hub for job training and a pipeline for new talent. Through our four, fully operational store and pharmacy training locations in Boston, Cleveland, New York City and Washington, D.C., we support the development of colleagues and partner with community agencies through a range of workforce development programs. Each RLC houses classrooms, office space and a full mock pharmacy.

In 2018, 1,400 community members participated in an RLC workforce development program, with many transitioning to positions within CVS Health. Retention rates among CVS Health colleagues who participate in an RLC program are 35 percent higher than for colleagues who have not. Current colleagues also receive training at the RLCs, with more than 11,000 people having participated in 2018.

Welcoming individuals of all abilities

We believe in breaking down employment barriers for individuals of all abilities. Since 2015, we’ve hired nearly 7,000 colleagues with disabilities, who bring valuable and diverse life experiences to their roles with CVS Health.

In 2018, we expanded on this commitment and opened seven mock pharmacies at rehabilitation centers around the country through a partnership with the National Consortium of State-Operated Comprehensive Rehabilitation Centers (NCSOCRC). Mock pharmacies provide opportunities for students that are training for roles as certified pharmacy technicians and retail sales associates to practice what they are learning in the classroom before entering the workforce. At the end of 2018, CVS Health had more than 43 of these training centers around the country, with 29 geared toward individuals with disabilities.

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CVS Health Among Top Companies for Disability Inclusion

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2019 DEI ‘Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion’ logo.

CVS Health has earned a top score on the 2019 Disability Equality Index (DEI). This is the third year in a row that CVS Health has been given a score of 100 on the DEI, which is based on several criteria, including culture and leadership; enterprise-wide access and supplier diversity. Top-scoring companies earn the distinction of being recognized as a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion.”

This is the fourth consecutive year that Aetna, a CVS Health business, has made the list.

Supporting Individuals with Disabilities in Our Workforce

At CVS Health, we understand the value of a diverse workforce and we have a number of programs in place to ensure that we are actively attracting, training, hiring and retaining individuals from many demographics, including those with disabilities.

Our Abilities in Abundance program, led by our Workforce Initiatives team, engages individuals with disabilities to provide job coaching and employment opportunities.

Through partnerships with community organizations nationwide, we’ve opened several training centers where individuals with disabilities can learn skills necessary for careers in retail environments, including most recently, the new Workforce Innovation and Talent Center, which opened in Cleveland, Ohio, in partnership with the Center for Children and Families.

Similarly, we operate several Regional Learning Centers, where we collaborate with government agencies, community organizations, and educational institutions to create job training programs that are often designed for individuals with disabilities.

And our Abilities Colleague Resource Group (CRG) helps to increase awareness of the important role that customers and colleagues with disabilities play in our workforce, workplace and marketplace by taking action to foster, at all levels of CVS Health, an inclusive, supportive environment.

A Comprehensive Assessment of Disability Inclusion

Launched in 2015 as a joint initiative of Disability:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities, the DEI is recognized as the most comprehensive disability inclusion assessment tool allowing businesses to self-report their disability policies and practices.

180 companies from a diverse range of industries, including health care, technology and financial services, participated in the 2019 DEI. Of those, 113 were Fortune 500 companies.

In total, the participating DEI companies represent a workforce of more than 8.6 million, with 3.7 percent of employees identifying as having a disability.

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CVS Health among DiversityInc’s Top Companies for 2019

CVS Health among DiversityInc’s Top Companies for 2019
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At CVS Health, we understand the value of a diverse workforce, and we have a number of programs and initiatives in place to ensure that our nearly 300,000 colleagues are representative of the diverse communities we serve nationwide. 

In recognition of these efforts, CVS Health was recently named to the 2019 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list, taking the number 27 spot, up 13 positions from last year’s list. 

Additionally, CVS Health was first on DiversityInc’s list of Top Companies for Supplier Diversity.
"At CVS Health, we are committed to helping people of all backgrounds on their path to better health. Through strategic diversity management, we are helping to drive business growth, deepen relationships with customers and build an inclusive workplace that is reflective of the communities we serve," said Larry J. Merlo, President and Chief Executive Officer for CVS Health. "Receiving this honor for the third consecutive year is a testament to the work that all of our colleagues do every day to foster an inclusive workplace."

The DiversityInc Top 50 list, issued yearly since 2001, recognizes the nation's top companies for diversity and inclusion management. To compile the annual list, DiversityInc assesses companies in four key areas of diversity management: talent pipeline, talent development, leadership accountability and supplier diversity.  

A Focus on a Diverse Workforce and Supply Chain

Cultivating a workforce that includes colleagues of many backgrounds, including mature workers, veterans and individuals with disabilities, is a priority at CVS Health. 

Our workforce-focused programs and initiatives — including our regional learning centers, our partnership with the Department of Defense SkillBridge Initiative, and our Abilities in Abundance program — ensure that we are able to train and retain diverse talent for careers at CVS Health. 

We also understand that diversity among our supply chain helps us to better meet the needs of our customers. 

Our engagement with small and diverse businesses in 2018 led to over $5.5 billion in contributions to the U.S. economy, including sustaining 31,095 U.S. jobs with a total of $2.2 billion in wages.

The recognition by DiversityInc is the latest in a series of third-party acknowledgments for CVS Health, including: Fortune's Most Admired Companies; Forbes Most Valuable Brands; Military Times’ Best for Vets: Employers; Corporate Responsibility Magazine's 100 Best Corporate Citizens; Bloomberg’s 2019 Gender-Equality Index (GEI); Human Rights Campaign's Top Places to Work for LGBT Equality; Points of Light's The Civic 50; and Newsweek's Green Ranking of America's Greenest Companies.

For more information on our workforce and supplier diversity initiatives, visit our Diversity page.
 

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CVS Health Ranks #27 on DiversityInc's 2019 Top 50 Companies for Diversity List

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Company also receives top spot on Supplier Diversity list for commitment to investing in a diverse supply chain

WOONSOCKET, R.I., May 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS Health has earned a spot on DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity list for the third consecutive year. This year's #27 ranking, up 13 spots from 2018, is in recognition of the company's commitment to promoting diversity across its enterprise. CVS Health was also named #1 in Top Companies for Supplier Diversity, following increased investments in its diverse supply chain.

"At CVS Health, we are committed to helping people of all backgrounds on their path to better health. Through strategic diversity management, we are helping to drive business growth, deepen relationships with customers and build an inclusive workplace that is reflective of the communities we serve," said Larry J. Merlo, President and Chief Executive Officer, CVS Health. "Receiving this honor for the third consecutive year is a testament to the work that all of our colleagues do every day to foster an inclusive workplace."

The DiversityInc Top 50 list, issued yearly since 2001, recognizes the nation's top companies for diversity and inclusion management. These companies excel in such areas as hiring, retaining and promoting women, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT and veterans. The results were announced last evening during DiversityInc's signature event in New York City.

"Our ability to harness the power of both our differences and similarities is critical to success at CVS Health," said David Casey, Vice President, Workforce Strategies, and Chief Diversity Officer, CVS Health. "We empower each of our nearly 300,000 colleagues to bring their own unique experiences to help serve our increasingly diverse customers and communities."

The recognition by DiversityInc is the latest in a series of third-party acknowledgments for CVS Health, including: Fortune's Most Admired Companies; Forbes Most Valuable Brands; Corporate Responsibility Magazine's 100 Best Corporate Citizens; Human Rights Campaign's Top Places to Work for LGBT Equality; Points of Light's The Civic 50; Military Times Best for Vets and Newsweek's Green Ranking of America's Greenest Companies.

To learn more about CVS Health's diversity and inclusion efforts, visit https://www.cvshealth.com/diversity. To view the entire Top 50 list and specialty lists, visit http://www.diversityinc.com/top50 or follow the conversation at #DITop50.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is the nation's premier health innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Whether in one of its pharmacies or through its health services and plans, CVS Health is pioneering a bold new approach to total health by making quality care more affordable, accessible, simple and seamless. CVS Health is community-based and locally focused, engaging consumers with the care they need when and where they need it. The Company has more than 9,900 retail locations, approximately 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with approximately 94 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year and expanding specialty pharmacy services. CVS Health also serves an estimated 38 million people through traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including rapidly expanding Medicare Advantage offerings and a leading standalone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. The Company believes its innovative health care model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

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NYC Regional Learning Center Recognized for Customized Employment Efforts

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CVS Health Workforce Initiatives team members accept the Customized Employment Award for their work to provide training and employment to people with disabilities through our Regional Learning Center in New York City.

CVS Health has been recognized by the Consortium for Customized Learning in New York City for our efforts to provide employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.

The Customized Employment Award, given annually by the Consortium, in collaboration with the NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, was presented to CVS Health by Commissioner Victor Calise at an awards ceremony on March 28.

The Consortium, a project of Job Path, Inc., connects New York City businesses to a network of nonprofit agencies engaged in providing training and employment for people with disabilities. The CVS Health Workforce Initiatives team works with four of those agencies — AHRC New York City, Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey (Goodwill NYNJ), Cooke School & Institute and HeartShare Human Services of New York — to create customized training programs and work experiences for people with disabilities.

Additionally, AHRC NY and Goodwill NYNJ are two of several agencies and schools that utilize our New York City-based Regional Learning Center (RLC) mock store to provide customized hands-on training to people with disabilities, allowing them to learn in a less intimidating environment, at their own pace before entering into a work experience program in a retail setting.

Workforce in NYC: Our Ongoing Training and Employment Programs

Since 2017, more than 220 people with disabilities have completed a work experience program within our New York City-based mock store and CVS Pharmacy retail stores, where they learn skills such as customer service, stocking, working within a team setting and conflict resolution. Additionally, the opening of our Brooklyn Transition Center in 2017 has provided another 380 students with disabilities with mock store training opportunities.

The Customized Employment Award is one of several that our RLC in New York City has received recently for its programs. In 2018, CVS Health was named Employer of the Year by Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey (Goodwill NYNJ) for being a leader in the vision to create a world with no employment barriers for individuals with disabilities. And in 2017, the Regional Learning Center (RLC) team was recognized by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Office for People With Disabilities with the Title 1 Sapolin Employment award. The award is given to employers in New York City that provide individuals with disabilities the opportunity to obtain competitive employment.

The training and opportunities provided through our nationwide network of Regional Learning Centers are part of our Abilities In Abundance program, which helps workers with disabilities access the security and prosperity that stable jobs can provide. Led by our Workforce Initiatives team, Abilities In Abundance provides job coaching, mentoring, training and follow-up support.

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CVS Pharmacy named Retailer of the Year by Women’s Wear Daily

CVS Pharmacy named Retailer of the Year by Women’s Wear Daily
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A BeautyIRL concept shop, one of the innovations recognized by Women’s Wear Daily in naming CVS Pharmacy 2018 Retailer of the Year.

Over the past several years, we’ve worked to innovate our CVS Pharmacy beauty department to serve our customers’ needs and provide a next-generation experience, while continuing to position ourselves as an industry leader with the health and well-being of our customers in mind.

Now, we’re honored to be recognized for our strides in beauty by one of the industry’s foremost authorities, Women’s Wear Daily, which named CVS Pharmacy the 2018 Retailer of the Year at the publication’s 17th Annual Beauty Inc. Awards.

“CVS left no doubts it is serious about beauty and willing to bet big,” WWD said in its 2018 Beauty Inc. Awards issue.

Selected based on a variety of criteria, including feedback from retailers and industry analysts, sales data and coverage by WWD throughout the year, the Beauty Inc. Awards recognize the best and most innovative players in the industry.

The award was accepted by Maly Bernstein, Vice President of Beauty and Personal Care at CVS Pharmacy, during a ceremony in New York City in early December.

“My aspiration has always been to have CVS Pharmacy lead the next revolution in beauty,” Bernstein said.

Describing what made CVS Pharmacy its choice for Retailer of the Year, WWD cited the commitment we made starting in 2018 to no longer materially alter the beauty imagery we create for retail locations, marketing materials, websites, apps or social media. This initiative also included the creation of Beauty Mark, a watermark that now appears on imagery to signify that it is authentic and has not been materially altered.

Beauty Mark is part of our effort to lead positive change around transparency in beauty and to help customers differentiate between authentic and materially altered imagery.

WWD also applauded the expansion of our beauty offerings, including the introduction of more K-beauty products to our shelves, eSalon installations to bring hair services to customers, and, most recently, the reveal of our BeautyIRL pilot stores

Currently located in four CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide, the BeautyIRL shops include mini beauty services through an exclusive partnership with GlamSquad, as well as an expanded and redesigned beauty department that encourages the discovery of new brands and trends.

“We are looking for ways to engage with new, emerging brands so that we can make them more accessible to beauty enthusiasts,” Bernstein told WWD.

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CVS Health Recognized for Gender Equality Efforts

CVS Health Recognized for Gender Equality Efforts
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The 2019 Gender-Equality Index Seal

CVS Health was recently named to Bloomberg’s 2019 Gender-Equality Index (GEI), which recognizes companies committed to transparency in gender reporting and advancing women’s equality in the workplace.

Data used to determine inclusion on the GEI is self-disclosed and must include information about how each company promotes gender equality across four areas: company statistics, policies, community engagement and products and services. CVS Health was among 230 companies worldwide to be included on this year’s GEI.

A Focus on Diversity

With a customer and patient base that spans the country, we understand that in order to be successful, our colleagues and suppliers should reflect the demographics of the thousands of communities we serve.

We have a number of initiatives in place, as well as a team of dedicated colleagues focused on these programs, to ensure that we have diversity within our workforce and that individual groups, including women, within our workforce have the support to be successful.

Our colleague resource groups provide employees across the enterprise with the opportunity to connect with one another through a particular affinity, culture or perspective. One of these groups, the Women’s Success Network, provides individuals, but particularly women, at CVS Health, with educational, mentoring, and volunteer opportunities that promote empowerment and develop leadership and networking skills.

Additionally, our Supplier Diversity Program connects CVS Health to minority- and women-owned businesses (MWBEs) while also providing those business owners with training and guidance so that we can successfully work together. We also partner with advocacy organizations that provide education and opportunities to MWBEs, such as the Women's Business Enterprise National Council and the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Our Award-Winning Efforts

In addition to the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index, we have been recognized with several other awards for our diversity efforts. We were named one of America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises (WBE) in 2017 by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.

Our other diversity-focused awards include: FORTUNE'S Most Admired Companies; Disability Equality Index’s Best Places to Work for Diversity Inclusion; Corporate Responsibility Magazine's 100 Best Corporate Citizens; Human Rights Campaign's Top Places to Work for LGBT Equality; Points of Light's The Civic 50, Military Times Best for Vets; the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index; and DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity.

For more information on our workforce and supplier diversity initiatives, visit our Diversity page

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Empowering Pharmacists to Improve Hispanic Health

Empowering Pharmacists to Improve Hispanic Health
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The National Hispanic Pharmacists Association Board of Directors.

Hispanics are currently the largest minority group in the United States. And yet, that population is underrepresented in health care fields, including pharmacy, with Hispanics making up only 4.5 percent of the 342,000 employed pharmacists across the country.

Understanding the importance of having a strong Hispanic representation within our workforce, CVS Health has partnered with the National Hispanic Health Foundation to create the National Hispanic Pharmacists Association (NHPA). The goal of the new organization is to improve the health of Hispanic communities by increasing the number of Hispanic pharmacists through scholarship and grant programs and other recruitment efforts, as well as to educate current pharmacists on language, culture and health disparities.

"CVS Health has a presence in nearly 10,000 communities across the country, and for our company to thrive, we need a highly trained, culturally diverse health care workforce that is reflective of the communities we serve," said Lisa Bisaccia, EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer for CVS Health, in an announcement about the new organization. "We are proud to be one of the founding corporate partners of the National Hispanic Pharmacists Association, and we look forward to working together to improve the health of Hispanic populations in the United States."

The organization will hold its first official gathering at the upcoming American Pharmacists Association Annual meeting in March 2019.

Longer term, the group plans to work with the NHPA to create student chapters at the more than 140 pharmacy schools nationwide. Chapters will educate pharmacy students on the need for healthcare professionals that support and address the unique health disparities that Hispanics face, as well as Spanish language fluency. These efforts will build upon the work CVS Health is already engaged in to actively recruit Hispanic pharmacists at these schools.

Serving Our Hispanic Communities

CVS Health’s role as a corporate partner with the NHPA fits within our ongoing strategic diversity initiatives aimed at better serving the Hispanic population.

This includes working with our Spanish-speaking pharmacists to place them, when possible, in locations where they will be most effective. CVS Pharmacy currently has nearly 700 stores with a customer base of 50 percent or more. These include our CVS Pharmacy y más locations, which offer the Hispanic community an enhanced, more personalized shopping experience, as well as Navarro, our 33-store chain located in South Florida.

In addition, we will continue to support Spanish language and culture education for our pharmacists through programs like Rosetta Stone and medical language learning service Canopy, as well as through the administration of cultural competency education at pharmacy schools.

Similar educational opportunities are also offered through our immersion internships which provide college students at accredited institutions with the opportunity to work within a Spanish-speaking community to enhance their language proficiency, to learn about the Hispanic culture, and to gain clinical experience.

To further encourage the development of Spanish-language skills among pharmacists, in 2018, we provided $206,000 in scholarships to bilingual pharmacy students through the CVS Health Foundation. 

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CVS Health Recognized By DiversityInc as Top 50 Company for Diversity For Second Year in a Row

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Hiring and promoting more women and minorities to management helped company move up to #40 on 2018 list

Increasing investments in a diverse supply chain ranked company #10 in the category

WOONSOCKET, R.I., May 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- In recognition of its commitment to fostering a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace, CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced that it has been named to DiversityInc's 2018 Top 50 Companies for Diversity list for the second consecutive year. The company's #40 ranking, up 10 spots from 2017, was announced last night during DiversityInc's signature event in New York.

"Being named to DiversityInc's Top 50 list is an honor for all of us at CVS Health. Addressing the country's most pressing health care challenges requires the very best our company has to offer," said Larry J. Merlo, President & Chief Executive Officer, CVS Health. "Leveraging the diverse and unique talents of our colleagues is critical to meeting the needs of our customers and communities, and delivering on our purpose of helping people on their path to better health."

CVS Health moved up on the Top 50 Companies for Diversity list due in part to hiring and promoting more women and minorities into mid-level and senior-level leadership roles throughout the company, compared to other Top 50 companies. In a continuing effort to expand its diverse supply chain, CVS Health also strengthened its focus on minority and women-owned businesses this year and was named #10 in Top Companies for Supplier Diversity by DiversityInc.

"We work hard at building a diverse workforce and inclusive environment at CVS Health, knowing that it helps us attract and retain strong talent. We have found that true innovation is enhanced when we seek out and include the diverse experiences and ideas of our customers, colleagues and communities," said David Casey, Vice President, Workforce Strategies, and Chief Diversity Officer, CVS Health. "We'll continue to make even greater strides in building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive culture where all colleagues can contribute and succeed."

The DiversityInc Top 50 list, issued yearly since 2001, recognizes the nation's top companies for diversity management. These companies excel in such areas as hiring, retaining and promoting women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, LGBTQ and veterans.

This recognition is the latest in a series of third-party acknowledgments for CVS Health's commitment to supporting a diverse and inclusive workplace, including: FORTUNE'S Most Admired Companies; Corporate Responsibility Magazine's 100 Best Corporate Citizens; Human Rights Campaign's Top Places to Work for LGBT Equality; Military Times Best for Vets; the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index; and the Disability Equality Index's Top Places to Work.

To learn more about CVS Health's diversity management strategy, please visit cvshealth.com/diversity. To view the entire Top 50 list, visit www.diversityinc.com/top50.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,800 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with approximately 94 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

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