MONTREAL, June 20, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Standard Life Canada announced
today that its employee community engagement program has won a Gold
Quill Award of Merit from the International Association of Business
Communicators (IABC). The program known as "Together, in our community"
encourages employee volunteering efforts. It was recognized by the IABC
for its simplicity and flexibility; in total, there were 803
submissions from organizations around the world. The award of merit was
timely - it was given just one year after Standard Life launched its
employee community engagement program.
"We're extremely proud to receive this award," said Sophie Fortin,
Standard Life's Senior Vice-President of People, Business Change and
Communications. "It recognizes the efforts of our employees in
communities across the country. It shows that when individuals give of
their time and money, everybody wins. The organizations they support
benefit. Studies also indicate that employees who volunteer are
healthier and happier, more engaged and more receptive to learning new
Standard Life developed its employee community engagement program
following in-house consultations with leaders, managers and employees
at all levels. It also conducted an environmental assessment of
industry best practices. Research by Net Impact (2010) indicates that
more than 80% of undergraduate university students want to work for a
socially responsible organization. "Employee community engagement
programs can help us attract new talent and retain existing employees,"
Ms. Fortin explained. "We designed this program with and for our
employees. They wanted more flexibility and more opportunities - more
choice - to get involved."
Standard Life has a long established commitment to invest its financial
resources and expertise in the communities where it does business. In
2012, the company together with its employees and stakeholders gave
$1.4 million to more than 100 organizations across Canada. Employees
volunteered for 480 hours of community work during their own time and
for 500 hours during work hours. They also raised more than $51,000 for
the charitable and non-profit organizations of their choice.
For more details:
Together, in our community: Program components and employee reactions
About Standard Life
Standard Life Financial Inc. provides long-term savings, investments and
insurance solutions to more than 1.4 million Canadians, including group
retirement and insurance plan members.
Standard Life in Canada has been doing business for 180 years and has
more than 2,000 employees. It is the largest operation outside of the
United Kingdom of Standard Life plc, its parent company headquartered
in Edinburgh, Scotland. Standard Life plc has around six million
customers worldwide and operates in the United Kingdom, Europe, North
America and Asia, and globally with Standard Life Investments Ltd.
As of March 31, 2013, Standard Life plc had $360 billion in assets under
administration, including $46 billion in Canada through Standard Life
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SOURCE: STANDARD LIFE
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