Awards and recognition

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Thanks to the commitment of its directors and employees, Desjardins Group is recognized across Canada and internationally, as evidenced by the following awards and recognition. Discover the distinctions and accolades that highlight our financial and cooperative performance, our expertise in various business sectors and our human resources initiatives.

Once again this year, Aon Hewitt ranked Desjardins among the 100 Best Employers in Canada. This recognition is given to organizations with the best results on the employee engagement survey, which was taken by nearly 35,000 Desjardins Group employees in 2016.
In 2015, Desjardins was among the 50 Best Employers in Quebec. This excellent ranking is the result of a 26,000-employee engagement survey conducted by Aon Hewitt - External link. This link will open in a new window..
For the third year in a row, Desjardins Group has been named one of Canada's greenest employers by MediaCorp. This award recognizes several of Desjardins's key environmental initiatives like the carpooling program, efforts to reduce paper consumption and special offers for members who purchase new hybrid or electric vehicles and “green” housing.
For the 5th year in a row, Desjardins is again counted among Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers. This designation recognizes Desjardins' commitment towards a positive working environment and a work-life balance.
Desjardins received an Octas award in the Innovation - Large Business category for the Hop'n S@ve project, at the Octas Gala held on May 28, 2015, by Réseau Action TI. Réseau Action TI recognized both the innovative and playful aspects of the product, which encourages spontaneous saving among members.
Desjardins Group has been selected as one of the Top Employers for Canadians Over 40. These employers lead the nation in creating special programs and benefits of interest to employees aged 40 years and older.
Desjardins Group has been selected as one of Montreal's Top Employers. This special designation recognizes the Montreal-area employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work.
For the seventh consecutive year, Desjardins Group has been rated one of Canada's Top 100 Employers by Mediacorp Canada. The distinction recognizes best practices and innovation in human resource management.
For the 12th consecutive year, the AccèsD client contact centres, for both individuals and businesses, have received the Customer Operations Performance Center (COPC) certification, one of the most stringent in the world. This is a world achievement: no other organization of any type has ever been certified COPC for such long period of time.
Desjardins placed first in North America and fifth in the world in Bloomberg's 2015 ranking of the World's 20 Strongest Banks.
In 2014, the Ajusto program won third prize in the Customer Analytics and Big Data category, which recognizes innovation in the collection, analysis and management of customer information in order to provide a tailored offer and be closer to customers.
Hop 'n S@ve won third prize in the Digital Distribution category, which recognizes innovation that targets a shift toward new distribution channels, including smartphones and tablets.

Unlike many Canadian banks, Desjardins Group maintained its rank on Global Finance magazine's list of the World's 50 Safest Banks. Global Finance rates the 500 largest banks to establish its annual ranking.

In 2017, Desjardins ranked third in Canada and 34th in the world, in keeping with our 2016. Our members and clients can count on the strength of their financial institution and trust in the fact that protecting their assets is our everyday priority.

For the fourth year in a row, Desjardins Group ranks among Canada's Top Employers for Young People according to Mediacorp. Winning organizations are recognized for their strategies to attract and retain young workers. Mediacorp based its selection on our talent acquisition, career development and continuing education initiatives for young Desjardins Group employees.
For a sixth consecutive year, Desjardins has earned a spot on Corporate Knights magazine's best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada. In 2017, it rose to second place. Based on our 2016 Social Responsibility Report, Corporate Knights recognized our social vision and the depth of our financial group's commitments and initiatives for the benefit of members, clients and the community.
In 2014, Desjardins received 18 awards from Insurance and Financial Communication Association (IFCA) for excellence in marketing, public relations, communications and promotion in the insurance and financial services industries in Canada and the U.S.

In 2016, Desjardins received a prize for Leader in the sustainable mobility category from Voyage Futé, an expert in corporate travel management.

In 2014, Desjardins Group also won a prize for Leader in continuous sustainable transportation.

Desjardins was also named one of Canada's Top 50 Socially Responsible Companies, in a ranking established by Sustainalytics and published in the magazines Maclean's and L'actualité. The companies that made the list were selected on the basis of their performance across a range of environmental, social and governance indicators.
Desjardins beat the world's largest banks to the title of most accurate G10 currency forecaster for the third quarter of 2013, according to financial information website Bloomberg. The best forecasters in Bloomberg's ranking were selected by averaging their individual scores on margin of error, timing, and directional accuracy across 13 currency pairs in the 4 quarters ended September 30, 2013.
As a leader in market-linked guaranteed investments, Desjardins was awarded in 2014 two Structured Retail Products, Canada Best Sales and Canada Best Sales – GIC, by internationally renowned London-based magazine Structured Products.

Desjardins was the grand prize winner of the 2017 car-free challenge (Défi sans auto) outclassing 30 other organizations in the supra-regional category. We owe this feat to the 350 employees who pledged to use sustainable transportation. Through their commitment, we helped avoid 2.9 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions on September 20, 2017.

Desjardins was also the grand prize winner in this category in 2014 and 2016.

The Novae corporate citizenship award went to Desjardins in 2014 for the Alternative Transportation Program in the Mobility category. The program encourages its employees to avoid traveling alone by car when commuting between work and home or for local or regional business travel.
In 2013, we received a REmmy award for the innovative design of Cité Desjardins de la coopération in Lévis, specifically the new building located at 150 Rue des Commandeurs.
In 2012, Desjardins was recognized as a major contributor to the Quebec economy for its business leadership by Institut sur la gouvernance d'organisations privées et publiques. This honour was also given to La Coop fédéree and Agropur.
Desjardins Group awarded the coveted title “Bank of the Year 2010 – Canada” by the UK magazine The Banker.

Over the year, members of senior management earned awards and recognition that highlight their expertise and commitment to the community:

  • Nathalie Bouchard, Vice-President of Corporate Actuarial Services: appointed as Desjardins's representative at the G-20Y in Montreux, Switzerland, in September 2015.
  • Marie-Huguette Cormier, Senior Vice-President of Human Resources and Communications: Named one of the top 10 people of the year by Infopresse.
  • Marie-Claude Boisvert, Vice-President, Development Capital and Business Ownership Transfers: Named a Fellow of the Quebec Order of Chartered Professional Accountants.
  • Pauline d'Amboise, Vice-President and Secretary General of Governance and Social Responsibility: Named one of Canada's Clean50 by Delta Management in November 2015.
  • Nathalie Larue, Vice-President, Business Solutions Development and Implementation: 2016 finalist for the Association of Quebec Women in Finance's Leadership Prize.