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New York Life Named A Best Place To Work By The Human Rights Campaign Foundation

Company Receives Perfect Score On Corporate Equality Index

NEW YORK, N.Y., September 5, 2008 — New York Life Insurance Company has earned the top rating of 100 percent in the 2009 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), an annual survey administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. New York Life joins the ranks of 259 other major U.S. businesses which get top marks for their treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees and consumers.

The CEI rated 583 businesses in total, evaluating LGBT–related policies and practices including non–discrimination policies, transgender health benefits and domestic partner benefits. New York Life’s efforts in ensuring LGBT equality in each of the survey’s main criterion earned it the prestigious 100 percent ranking.

The Corporate Equality Index is the Foundation’s annual report card, rating employers on their treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors, using a scale from 0 to 100 percent. The top–rated businesses are recognized on the “Best Places to Work” list.

“We are proud to receive a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index this year,” said Katherine O’Brien, vice president and chief diversity officer, New York Life. “As a company we are committed to maintaining an inclusive work environment built upon mutual respect, trust and fair treatment, where individual differences are valued and celebrated and all employees have the opportunity for personal and professional growth and are encouraged to reach their full potential. This recognition underscores our serious commitment.”

In addition, New York Life appears with other consumer–oriented businesses in the Foundation’s Buying for Equality guide. The Buying for Equality guide lists how each company scored on the Corporate Equality Index and provides this information in an effort to encourage consumers to support products from companies that support gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender equality.

About the Human Rights Campaign Foundation
Through research, educational efforts and outreach, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation encourages gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans to live their lives openly and seeks to change the hearts and minds of Americans to the side of equality. The HRC Foundation is a nonprofit, tax–exempt 501(c)(3) organization.

For more information on the 2009 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

About New York Life Insurance Company
New York Life Insurance Company, a Fortune 100 company founded in 1845, is the largest mutual life insurance company in the United States and one of the largest life insurers in the world. New York Life has the highest possible financial strength ratings from all four of the major credit rating agencies. Headquartered in New York City, New York Life’s family of companies offers life insurance, retirement income, investments and long-term care insurance. New York Life Investment Management LLC provides institutional asset management and retirement plan services. Other New York Life affiliates provide an array of securities products and services, as well as institutional and retail mutual funds.

Please visit New York Life's Web site at www.newyorklife.com for more information.

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