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NORTHBROOK, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 19, 2004

For the third consecutive year, DiversityInc has named Allstate Insurance Company to the "Top 50 Companies for Diversity" list. Allstate was also recognized as a Top 10 Company for African-Americans and a Top 10 Company for the Recruitment and Retention of diverse employees.

"Allstate earned their recognition. This year the number of companies considered for this honor doubled and Allstate still remains a leader in diversity best practices," said Luke Visconti, partner/co-founder DiversityInc.

Allstate was the only Illinois based company to make it to the Top 10 list for African Americans and one of two Illinois based companies to make it to the Top 10 list for Recruitment and Retention. Allstate was one of four Illinois based companies to make it to the Top 50 list.

"For our company to grow and succeed, it's critical that every Allstate employee understand the importance of diversity," said Edward M. Liddy, chairman, president and chief executive officer, The Allstate Corporation. "By valuing differences, we'll be stronger and more productive internally and we'll be better equipped to develop relationships with emerging markets."

Women make up 60.4% and minorities 28.6% of Allstate's 40,000-employee workforce. Of notable significance to DiversityInc magazine was Allstate's ability to recruit and retain a diverse workforce.

"At Allstate, diversity is a business strategy to gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace and workplace," said Lilly Eng, Allstate director for diversity and worklife programs. "By leveraging differences, we are able to attract and retain the best talent, drive high performance, provide tailored service to a diverse customer base and strengthen our corporate brand in the marketplace and labor market."

Allstate demonstrates their commitment to diversity in several ways:

-- Diversity training is mandatory for all employees.

-- Employee perceptions on diversity and the work environment are

measured through an annual employee survey.

-- Allstate's CEO regularly communicates the importance of

diversity through Allstate publications, videos and employee


-- Affirmative action is integrated into employee processes such

as succession management, recruitment and leadership


-- Senior leadership is held accountable for affirmative action

results through performance management.

-- Allstate has a strong recruitment program for minorities

working closely with higher education institutions that have a

diverse student enrollment. Allstate executives also take

active roles on the boards of some of these institutions.

-- Allstate's Center for Assistive Technology supports disabled

employees with technological needs.

Adoption assistance, flexible hours, the ability to work at home and/or telecommute, job sharing, on-site child care and dependent care benefits are some of the worklife programs that help Allstate to recruit and retain a diverse workforce.

In addition, Allstate's diverse workforce helps it to better serve and attract its diverse customer base. Allstate is one of the first property & casualty insurance companies to aggressively seek growth in the emerging markets. There are now more than 3200 Allstate agencies that speak languages other than English (a total of 62 different languages), over 300 point of sale collateral materials that are culturally relevant to African-American, Asian-American and Hispanic consumers, customer service lines for Spanish-speaking customers, product information in Spanish on and an in-language website for Chinese consumers at

The complete list of companies recognized is published online at and will be in the June/July issue of DiversityInc Magazine, a publication and Web site that reports on diversity issues.

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE:ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer. Widely known through the "You're In Good Hands With Allstate(R)" slogan, Allstate provides insurance products to more than 16 million households and has approximately 12,900 exclusive agencies and financial specialists in the U.S. and Canada. Customers can access Allstate products and services through Allstate agents, or in select states at and 1-800 Allstate(R). Encompass(SM) and Deerbrook(R) Insurance brand property and casualty products are sold exclusively through independent agents. Allstate Financial Group includes the businesses that provide life insurance, annuity, retirement, banking and investment products through distribution channels that include Allstate agents, independent agents, worksite, financial institutions and broker-dealers.

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