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The Co-operators named a Best Employer in Canada, 15 years running

Nov 9, 2017

GUELPH, ON, Nov. 9, 2017 /CNW/ - Announced today, The Co-operators has been named a 2018 Aon Best Employer in Canada, marking the 15th consecutive year the organization has been included on this prestigious list.

Awarded the highest rating of Platinum, The Co-operators, which includes Co-operators Group Limited, Co-operators General Insurance Company, Co-operators Life Insurance Company, HB Group/COSECO and CUMIS, is one of only seven companies to consecutively make this list since 2004. Another Co-operators member, Addenda Capital, has been named on the 2018 Aon Best Small and Medium Employers Platinum list.

The Aon Best Employers list is based primarily on employee engagement surveys conducted by Aon Hewitt that follow the concept of "say, stay and strive," affirming that employees who speak positively about their organization are more likely to stay and be motivated to contribute to its success.

"At The Co-operators, employee engagement is one of our top priorities. We strive to create a workplace where our employees feel valued, supported and motivated to succeed in their roles and grow within the company," said Rob Wesseling, president and CEO, The Co-operators. "It is important that our employees be highly engaged, not only to help meet our goals as an organization, but to help meet their goals as individuals."

Of The Co-operators employees surveyed, 81 per cent indicated that it would take a lot for them to leave the company and 87 per cent are proud to be part of the organization. The surveys also found that 92 per cent of employees feel that The Co-operators is a socially and environmentally responsible organization, and they are committed to fulfilling its mission of providing financial security to Canadians and their communities.

According to Aon Hewitt, the Best Employers ranking is based on levels of employee engagement, branding, leadership and performance culture within each individual organization. The Platinum level is awarded to employers that meet the Aon global standard, reaching the top quartile for employee engagement, combined with top results for two of the remaining categories listed above. These results are calculated based on confidential, in-depth surveys completed by participating employer staff members. These surveys highlight employee's opinions, identify key priorities and, most importantly, help drive engagement within organizations. This analysis provides employers with insight on key areas of strength, as well as areas of improvement, helping employers strive for excellence year after year.

About The Co-operators:
The Co-operators Group Limited is a Canadian co-operative with more than $48 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 Best Employers in Canada by Aon Hewitt and Corporate Knights' Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada. For more information, visit

SOURCE The Co-operators

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

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