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WorldatWork's Alliance for Work-Life Progress Announces 2014 Seal of Distinction Winners

66 Organizations Recognized for Work-Life Effectiveness

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 11, 2014 — WorldatWork's Alliance for Work-Life Progress (AWLP) is proud to announce that 66 organizations have earned the Work-Life Seal of Distinction for 2014. The seal is a unique mark of excellence designed to identify organizational success in work-life effectiveness. The winners will be honored March 20 at the Work-Life Gala Awards Dinner at the AWLP Work-Life Forum in Baltimore.

"This year's Work-Life Seal of Distinction honorees are an impressive group of employers that clearly understand the business value of investing in the people who do the work," said Kathie Lingle, WLCP, executive director, WorldatWork's Alliance for Work-Life Progress. "It is especially noteworthy that a growing proportion of recipients come from relatively small enterprises across all sectors and a wide variety of industries. This trend underscores AWLP's premise that work-life effectiveness contributes to every organization's overall success, not just the big, well-resourced ones."

Begun in 2012, the AWLP Seal of Distinction assesses the seven categories of work-life effectiveness that comprise a best-in-class work-life portfolio in today's workplace:

  • Caring for dependents 
  • Health and wellness 
  • Workplace flexibility 
  • Financial support for economic security
  • Paid and unpaid time off 
  • Community involvement
  • Transforming organizational culture.

This year's winners represent a variety of industries — including education, finance, government, health, law, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals — and hail from 20 states and the District of Columbia. The 2014 list includes 24 new companies and shows 21 companies returning to the list from previous years. In addition, four companies with international headquarters are winners: BASF, Germany; Pearson, United Kingdom; Sanofi, France; and Takeda, Japan.

Fourteen companies have received the Seal of Distinction every year since its inception in 2012. They are:

  • Bright Horizons Family Solutions
  • Emory University
  • George Mason University
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • LifeCare Inc.
  • Marriott International
  • MetLife
  • National Security Agency
  • Pearson
  • Ryan LLC
  • Sittercity
  • University of Arizona
  • U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Workplace Options

Here is the complete list of 2014 Seal of Distinction recipients:*

  • A.T. Kearney
  • Acxiom Corp.
  • AgStar Financial Services ACA
  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • Anonymous
  • BASF
  • BD (Becton, Dickinson and Co.)
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
  • Bright Horizons Family Solutions
  • Brown University
  • Brownells' Inc.
  • Care.com
  • Cargill
  • Caterpillar Inc. Building Construction Products Division
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Discovery Communications
  • Dow Corning
  • Emory University
  • Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  • Franklin International
  • George Mason University
  • Hawaii National Bank
  • Johns Hopkins University & Health System
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • LifeCare Inc.
  • Marriott International
  • Mecklenburg EMS Agency
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • MetLife
  • Monsanto Co.
  • National Security Agency
  • New York Stock Exchange
  • Northrop Grumman Corp.
  • Northwestern Memorial HealthCare
  • O'Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Old National Bancorp
  • Oregon State University
  • Ozarks Electric Cooperative
  • Paul Hastings LLP
  • Pearson
  • Principal Financial Group
  • Prudential Financial
  • Ryan LLC
  • Sanofi
  • Sheltering Arms Physical Rehabilitation Centers
  • Sittercity
  • Southwest Research Institute
  • Takeda
  • Texas Instruments
  • The George Washington University
  • The University of Iowa
  • Turck
  • U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • University at Buffalo
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of Southern California
  • Vistaprint
  • WellStar Health System
  • Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.
  • Workplace Options
  • Yale University

*Note: One organization has chosen to remain anonymous.

See a list of past Seal of Distinction winners.

About WorldatWork's Alliance for Work-Life Progress®

WorldatWork's Alliance for Work-Life Progress advances work-life as part of an integrated total rewards strategy. This alliance defines and acknowledges best practices and innovation, facilitates dialogue and elevates work-life thought leadership. Each year, the alliance leads a national awareness initiative celebrating October as National Work & Family Month. Recognizing that work-life encompasses a wide array of programs, the WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals established the Work-Life Certified Professional (WLCP® designation in 2007.

About WorldatWork®

The Total Rewards Association

WorldatWork (www.worldatwork.org) is a nonprofit human resources association for professionals and organizations focused on compensation, benefits, work-life effectiveness and total rewards — strategies to attract, motivate and retain an engaged and productive workforce. WorldatWork and its affiliates provide comprehensive education, certification, research, advocacy and community, enhancing careers of professionals and, ultimately, achieving better results for the organizations they serve. WorldatWork has more than 70,000 members and subscribers worldwide; 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies employ a WorldatWork member. Founded in 1955, WorldatWork is affiliated with more than 70 local human resources associations and has offices in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Washington, D.C.