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WorldatWork Announces Recipients of 2017 Seal of Distinction

Jan. 17, 2017 — WASHINGTON, D.C. — WorldatWork, a nonprofit HR association and compensation authority, is proud to announce that a record 160 organizations have been awarded the prestigious Seal of Distinction. The Seal is a unique mark of excellence designed to identify organizations with a strong total rewards portfolio that delivers a positive workforce experience. All of the 2017 recipients will be recognized during the WorldatWork Total Rewards Conference & Exhibition, May 7-10, in Washington, D.C.

"We congratulate all of the recipients of the 2017 Seal of Distinction. These recipients represent a wide variety of industries from across the United States and Canada, and show that the total rewards model applies to employers and employees everywhere," stated Anne C. Ruddy, president and CEO of WorldatWork. "This year, we saw the highest number of applicants since the Seal of Distinction was created. I'm confident that this means an increasing number of companies are recognizing the importance of a workplace environment that benefits both the employer and employee."

Launched in 2012, the prestigious Seal of Distinction is awarded to companies that meet defined standards of workplace programs, policies and practices weighted on several factors, such as the complexity of implementation, required organizational resources, perceived breadth of access and overall level of commitment from leadership. Applicants are evaluated on:

  • Health and wellness
  • Pay for time not worked
  • Unpaid time off
  • Retirement
  • Perquisites
  • Base pay
  • Bonus programs
  • Short-term incentives
  • Long-term incentives
  • Performance management
  • Recognition
  • Development opportunities
  • Caring for dependents
  • Culture initiatives and community involvement
  • Financial wellness
  • Workplace flexibility
  • Workforce experience

This year's recipients represent a range of industries, including education, finance, government, health, law, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals. The 2017 list is evenly split between companies that are first-time Seal of Distinction recipients and prior awardees. In addition, 11 organizations have qualified every year since WorldatWork started presenting the Seal of Distinction in 2012.

"In recent years, we've added additional criteria to the defined standards for the Seal of Distinction, recognizing the evolving way total rewards professionals work to create a mutually beneficial work environment," said Alison Avalos, Senior Manager, Research and Certification at WorldatWork. "With a record level of recipients this year, I'm pleased to see our efforts to expand this recognition is working. Companies that receive this recognition show concrete evidence to their employees, competitors and the general public that they focus considerable attention on creating a positive work environment."

Complete list of 2017 Seal of Distinction recipients*:

Norton Lilly International, Inc.

Calgary, Alberta
University of Calgary

USAble Life

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
Arizona State University
The University of Arizona
Vantage West Credit Union

British Columbia
University of the Fraser Valley

ACI Specialty Benefits
Actelion Pharmaceuticals US
Foothill Family
Fremont Bank
Infoblox Inc.
Intuit Inc.
Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association (LACERA)
Motion Picture Industry Pension & Health Plans
Professional Publications Inc.
UCLA Health and David Geffen School of Medicine
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of California San Diego

Otter Products LLC
Quantum Corporation

LifeCare, Inc.
Yale University

District of Columbia
Advanced Medical Technology Association
American Gas Association
DC Water
Department of Transportation — Federal Aviation Administration
Federal Reserve Board of Governors
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
Raffa, P.C.
Summit Consulting LLC
The George Washington University
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
U.S. Department of Agriculture

AACSB International
BayCare Health System
Black Knight Financial Services, Inc.
Broward Health
Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority/LYNX
Citizens Property Insurance Corporation
Seminole State College of Florida

Alston & Bird LLP
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Emory University
NCR Corporation
Sibley Heart Center Cardiology
SouthCrest Bank N.A.
WellStar Health System

ITA Group, Inc.
Principal Financial Group
Wells Enterprises Inc.

Feeding America
National Futures Association
Northwestern University
Riverside Healthcare
Sikich LLP

Old National Bancorp

American Multi-Cinema Inc.


Babson College
Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc.
Kronos Incorporated
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Bon Secours Health System, Inc.
Campbell & Company
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Continental Realty Corporation
Frederick County Public Schools
Johns Hopkins University and Health System
Marriott International
National Institutes of Health
National Security Agency
Target Community & Educational Services, Inc.

CSIG Holding Company
Herman Miller Inc.
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
MidMichigan Health
The Taubman Company
University of Michigan
Whirlpool Corporation

AgStar Financial Services
Amplifon Americas

City of Kansas City, Missouri
Nestle Purina PetCare Co.
University of Missouri System
Veterans United Home Loans

Anderson ZurMuehlen & Co. P.C.

TD Ameritrade

New Jersey
BASF Corporation
Becton Dickinson
CRP Industries Inc.
Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Prudential Financial
Sanofi US
The Electrochemical Society

Renown Health

New York
Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
MVP Health Care
NYU Langone Medical Center
On Deck Capital Inc.
Ralph Lauren
The YMCA of Greater Rochester

North Carolina
BlueCross and BlueShield of North Carolina
NC State University
Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA)
RTI International
Volvo Group North America

G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers Inc.
Medical Mutual of Ohio

Explorer Pipeline

The Co-operators

Craft Brew Alliance
Oregon State University
Puppet Inc.
The Standard

University of Pennsylvania

Rhode Island
Brown University

Saskatchewan Research Council

Smith Seckman Reid Inc.

Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Children's Health
City of Southlake
Dell Inc.
Disability Rights Texas
Lloyd's Register Americas Inc.
MOGAS Industries, Inc.
Ryan, LLC
Southwest Research Institute
Texas Instruments

Mountain America Credit Union
O.C. Tanner
Space Dynamics Laboratory

DRS Technologies Inc.
George Mason University
M2 Strategy Inc.
Virginia Commonwealth University

Energy Northwest
Providence Health & Services
WE Communications

Runzheimer International

*The state listing represents the location of the office from which the Seal of Distinction application was submitted. Many of these companies have locations in multiple states and countries.

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WorldatWork is a nonprofit human resources association and compensation authority for professionals and organizations focused on compensation, benefits and total rewards. It's our mission to empower professionals to become masters in their fields. We do so by providing thought leadership in total rewards disciplines from the world's most respected experts; ensuring access to timely, relevant content; and fostering an active community of total rewards practitioners and leaders.

WorldatWork has more than 70,000 members and subscribers worldwide; more than 80% of Fortune 500 companies employ a WorldatWork member. Founded in 1955, WorldatWork has offices in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Washington, D.C., and is affiliated with more than 70 human resources associations around the world.

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