Community giving: everybody wins - Standard Life's employee community engagement program receives a Gold Quill Award

Community giving: everybody wins - Standard Life's employee community 
engagement program receives a Gold Quill Award 
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 skills." 
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 
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 $46billion in Canada through Standard Life 
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