Acxiom awarded 5-year contract by Eaton

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – November 13, 2008 – Eaton Corporation, a global diversified power management company, has selected Acxiom Corporation as the gold standard in background screening services to help Eaton make informed hiring choices and comply with laws and regulations.

Acxiom Information Security Services (AISS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Acxiom, has been awarded a five-year contract to be the sole provider of Eaton’s pre-employment and drug screening services in the United States and Puerto Rico.

"Hiring employees who are dependable and trustworthy is the key to a company’s success," said Mike Cool, organization leader for AISS. "Eaton will leverage Acxiom’s customer-centric approach and industry-leading data resources to provide accurate information about potential employees. This will help Eaton reduce turnover, decrease training costs and increase productivity."

"Eaton maintains high standards for all new employees, and Acxiom has the skills and experience to screen candidates and apply those standards consistently to each background report," said Eaton’s Stuart Otts, director of employee relations.

Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Eaton will use the AISS location in the same area. "Eaton is excited that Acxiom has a local office to help us manage our program consolidation and provide compliance consulting," Otts added.

Acxiom began conducting the screening of all new hires for Eaton’s U.S. and Puerto Rico locations in August.

"Acxiom’s experience allows us to navigate the difficulties of ensuring the hiring process is fair, while also maintaining the privacy of the individuals involved," Cool said. "Acxiom provides comprehensive services to assist employers with regulatory compliance and due diligence."

"Acxiom’s leadership in privacy regulations and data security issues is very important to us," Otts said. "The commitment to full disclosure and regulatory compliance will be easily integrated into the system we have in place to help us make the most effective hiring decisions."