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Abbott Named One of the Top 10 Companies in Calvert Diversity Survey, Adding to Recent Company Honors from DiversityInc and Hispanic Business Magazines

ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Nov. 23, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Abbott (NYSE: ABT) announced today that it has been named one of the Top 10 companies for diversity in a new survey conducted by Calvert Group.  The survey reviewed the diversity programs, policies and performance of all companies in the Standard & Poor's 100 Index (S&P 100).  Abbott received a score of 90 out of 100, which was significantly higher than the average scores of 72 for its industry sector and 68.5 for all S&P 100 companies.  

In addition to being included on the Calvert survey, Abbott was named to DiversityInc magazine's 2010 list of the Top 50 Companies for Diversity, and to Hispanic Business magazine's Diversity Elite 60 Top Companies for Hispanics earlier in 2010.  It was the seventh year Abbott has been included on the DiversityInc list, and the fourth year the company has been included on the Hispanic Business list.  The company also was recently named one of the 100 Best Companies by Working Mother magazine; it was the tenth consecutive year the company has been included on the list.

"As Abbott's businesses continue to grow globally, our employee population has become more diverse as well," said William Lee, Director, Corporate Diversity, Inclusion & Compliance, Abbott.  "We view our diversity as a tremendous asset for our innovation-driven businesses, and continue to focus on building an inclusive culture that values and leverages people's differences to provide Abbott with a competitive advantage."

About the Calvert Diversity Survey

Calvert has long been a leader in advocating for corporate diversity.  Calvert's 2010 study, "Examining the Cracks in the Ceiling: A Survey of Corporate Diversity Practices of the S&P 100," evaluated S&P 100 companies according to ten indicators, including: Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policy, internal and external diversity initiatives, scope of diversity initiatives, family-friendly benefits, EEO-1 disclosure, compensation, board representation, director selection criteria and overall corporate commitment.  More information on the survey and results can be found at http://www.calvert.com/sri-cracks-in-ceiling-diversity-report.html.

Abbott Recognized as a Premier Employer

In addition to recognition for its diversity, Abbott has been named a great place to work in more than 20 countries around the world.  The company has been recognized by Science and The Scientist magazines as a top employer for scientists for many years, and The Princeton Review has included Abbott as one of the Best Entry-Level Jobs for four straight years.  Additionally, FORTUNE has named Abbott as one of "America's Most Admired Companies" every year since the list's inception in 1983, including naming Abbott the No. 1 Most Admired Company in its industry sector in 2010, in part for the company's strong performance in people management and social responsibility.  

About Abbott

Abbott is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the discovery, development, manufacturing and marketing of pharmaceuticals and medical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics. The company employs nearly 90,000 people and markets its products in more than 130 countries.  

Abbott's news releases and other information are available on the company's website at http://www.abbott.com.

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