It's a Grand Slam! Corby earns 4th Consecutive Recognition as a Great Place to Work

Corby Spirit and Wine ranks 22nd among Canada's 50 Best Workplaces

TORONTO, April 10, 2015 /CNW/ - For the fourth consecutive year, the Great Place to Work® Institute has named Corby Spirit and Wine one of the "50 Best Workplaces in Canada." The list appeared today in a special national report in The Globe and Mail. This year, Corby has attained a rank of #22 on the list, rising 15 places since last year's awards.

This Great Place to Work (GPTW) win comes on the heels of Corby's first-time recognition as one of Greater Toronto's Top 100 Employers in 2015.

"This past year marked a period of substantial change at Corby, particularly in our commercial approach to the business," says Patrick O'Driscoll, CEO. "Despite a year of disruption, it's especially gratifying to see that we have been able to significantly improve engagement among our employees. This big win is a true testament to their spirit, dedication, and commitment to driving great results."

Corby's scores from the Great Place to Work anonymous employee survey showed improvement across all five of the Institute's trust dimensions: Pride, Credibility, Respect, Camaraderie and Fairness. The company's overall Trust Index measure has increased by +4% since last year.

"Our survey results indicate that our employees are significantly more engaged than ever, have more confidence in the company than ever, and are more proud to work at Corby than ever before," says Paul Holub, VP of HR. "Our exceptional scores also reflect the positive impact that the launch of several exciting initiatives have had on our employees and workplace culture."

Corby's Best People Practices – 3 Engagement-building initiatives launched in the last year:

#CorbySafeRides TTC Partnership
Corby's Corporate Social Responsibility practices are a significant source of pride among employees. As a leading marketer of spirits and wine, the company is committed to raising awareness about responsible consumption. Corby partners annually with the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) to sponsor the fare for everyone in the city on New Year's Eve, ensuring that no one has an excuse to drink and drive.

Building a Culture of Recognition
Corby created an internal recognition program called I Thank which was launched on its Enterprise Social Networking platform, Pernod Ricard Chatter. Utilizing gamification, employees are able to publicly recognize their colleagues for their hard work and achievements by sharing badges based on a set of strategic capabilities. Once a year, Corby's CEO selects 5 "Gold Award" winners who receive an extra week of vacation and a donation to charity made in their name.

Fostering an "Intrapraneurial" Mindset
In a new twist on the company's annual conference tradition, Corby's executive team decided to travel across the country, "roadshow-style," to visit local employee groups in their hometowns. Following an informal presentation on the plan for the year ahead, employees were given their own opportunity to impact the future of the business. Teams presented their best business ideas to top management in a "Dragon's Den" style – and the best ideas received financial backing.

About Corby
Corby Spirit and Wine Limited is a leading Canadian marketer and distributor of spirits and imported wines. Corby's portfolio of owned-brands includes some of the most renowned brands in Canada, including Wiser's®, Lot 40®, and Pike Creek® Canadian whiskies as well as Lamb's® rum, Polar Ice® vodka and McGuinness® and Criollo® liqueurs. Through its affiliation with Pernod Ricard S.A., a global leader in the spirits and wine industry, Corby also represents leading international brands such as ABSOLUT® vodka, Chivas Regal®, The Glenlivet® and Ballantine's® Scotch whiskies, Jameson® Irish whiskey, Beefeater® gin, Malibu® rum, Kahlúa® liqueur, Mumm® champagne, and Jacob's Creek®, Wyndham Estate®, Stoneleigh®, Campo Viejo® and Graffigna® wines. In 2015, Corby was named one of the 50 Best Workplaces in Canada by The Great Place to Work® Institute Canada for the fourth consecutive year, and was also listed among Greater Toronto's Top 100 Employers. Corby is a publicly traded company based in Toronto, Ontario, and listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbols CSW.A and CSW.B. For further information, please visit our website or follow us on LinkedIn.

SOURCE Corby Spirit and Wine Communications

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For further information: Amandine Robin, Director, Communications, Public Relations and CSR, Email: canada.communications@pernod-ricard.com, Telephone: (416) 479-2492

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