The Co-operators earns a spot among world's best intranets for 2016

GUELPH, ON, Jan. 11, 2016 /CNW/ - The Co-operators was honoured today to be included on the World's 10 Best Intranets for 2016, a prestigious list by user-experience research firm Nielsen Norman Group. The organization's intranet, Source, was completely rebuilt in order to better connect people and work processes across the group of companies.

The rebuild of the organization's corporate intranet was completed in 17 months, launching in May, 2014. The goal was to provide a common user experience with enhanced functionality that helps the 4,300 Co-operators employees do their jobs better by promoting collaboration and community throughout the group of companies.

"Source is a very important resource that boosts employee engagement and productivity by providing easy access to work tools and corporate information, while also providing a platform for social interaction among employees in every part of the country," said Paul Mlodzik, Vice-President, Marketing and Communications at The Co-operators. "We made every effort to involve our employees in the redesign to ensure that what we offered ultimately met their needs and expectations."

Source is a bilingual resource that includes daily news articles, employee profiles, a poll and key corporate performance indicators. Employees are encouraged to submit and comment on a variety of news articles related to the organization and its business. The site provides links to many of the work tools that employees use on a daily basis.

In making the announcement, Nielsen Norman Group pointed to a number of key emerging intranet trends, which leaders in intranet design have embraced. These include a focus on extensive user research, quality content, multi-language support and more prominent use of photos.  Nielsen Norman Group's "Intranet Design Annual 2016: The Year's 10 Best Intranets" is available for download now at

About The Co-operators:
The Co-operators Group Limited is a Canadian-owned co-operative with more than $40 billion in assets under administration. Through its group of companies it offers home, auto, life, group, travel, commercial and farm insurance, as well as investment products. The Co-operators is well known for its community involvement and its commitment to sustainability. The Co-operators is listed among the 50 Best Employers in Canada by Aon Hewitt; Corporate Knights' Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada; and the Top 50 Socially Responsible Corporations in Canada by Sustainalytics and Maclean's magazine. For more information visit

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For further information: Leonard Sharman, The Co-operators, 519-767-3937

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