Rockland Trust Earns Perfect Score in 2016 Corporate Equality Index

Rockland, Mass. – November 18, 2015 – Rockland Trust Company, a commercial bank that serves Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island, received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The Index is a national bench marking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality. Rockland Trust is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Independent Bank Corp. (NASDAQ: INDB).

“We are honored to be recognized for our commitment to embracing the rich diversity of our colleagues, customers, and communities,” said Christopher Oddleifson, President and CEO of Rockland Trust. “At Rockland Trust we believe in creating an inclusive environment that respects all individuals and values their relationships with us.”

The 2016 CEI rated 1,027 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. Rockland Trust’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria results in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.

“In this 2016 Corporate Equality Index, hundreds of major businesses responded to our new standards for workplace equality with exceptional leadership,” said HRC Foundation Workplace Equality program Director Deena Fidas. “Rockland Trust not only meets these standards, it goes above and beyond the call of duty, making commitment to equality a fundamental aspect of its corporate values.”

For more information on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit

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 Rockland Trust

Independent Bank Corp. has approximately $7.1 billion in assets and is the holding company for Rockland Trust Company, a full-service commercial bank headquartered in Massachusetts. Rockland Trust offers a wide range of banking, investment, and insurance services to businesses and individuals through retail branches, commercial lending offices, investment management offices, and residential lending centers in Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island as well as through telephone banking, mobile banking, and the Internet. Named in 2015 to The Boston Globe’s “Top Places to Work” list for the seventh consecutive year, Rockland Trust was rated the top Largest Employer to work for in Massachusetts. Rockland Trust is an FDIC member and an Equal Housing Lender. To learn why Rockland Trust is the bank “Where Each Relationship Matters®,” please visit