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Thrivent Proudly Celebrates 10 Consecutive Years of Ethical Recognition
February 23, 2021
CEO Terry Rasmussen reflects on an exciting milestone
Today, Thrivent is celebrating being named one of the World's Most Ethical Companies for the 10th year in a row—a full decade of being recognized as a corporate leader that’s doing the right thing for our clients, our workforce and our communities.
A decade is a meaningful milestone; it’s a foundational element of building a history. And our history at Thrivent is what's supported us for hundreds of years and led to our strength and reputation.
A robust application process narrows the field
The list, established by Ethisphere, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, recognizes a select group of companies demonstrating exceptional programs and practices. Participating companies are measured on their culture of ethics, ethics and compliance program, environmental and societal impact, governance, and leadership and reputation.
Each year, we must demonstrate that we have the robust structure and systems in place to ensure we’re doing the right thing. That we’re living out our values. That we’re thorough in our response if something doesn’t seem aligned with who we are. And that we’re continuing to look to the future as a leader in business ethics.
This year, the process was streamlined, and the question set was expanded to gauge how applicants are adapting and responding to the global health pandemic, environmental, social, and governance factors, safety, equity, and inclusion and social justice. These more rigorous criteria make me even prouder to be one of 135 companies recognized around the globe, and one of only six companies in the financial services category.
How our history continues to guide us today
Our commitment to ethics and integrity isn’t new for Thrivent. For over a century, we’ve been helping people build their financial futures and live more generous lives. We started out back in 1902, and the values and ethics that steered us then are the same ones that compel us in 2021.
Like so many companies in 2020, we were compelled by the pandemic to move to a virtual environment. Even in the midst of these changes, we never lost sight of our commitment to act with integrity and ethics. We worked diligently through the ups and downs and through it all, we upheld our focus on ethical business practices.
“While addressing the tough challenges of 2020, we saw companies lead—above all other institutions—on earning the trust of stakeholders through resilience and a commitment to ethics and integrity. The World’s Most Ethical Companies honorees continue to demonstrate an unwavering commitment to the highest values and positively impacting the communities they serve. Congratulations to everyone at Thrivent for earning the World’s Most Ethical Companies designation.”
– Timothy Erblich | Ethisphere CEO
Our ongoing commitment to doing the right thing
One of our core values at Thrivent is doing what’s right. We treat one another with respect and honesty. By acting with integrity, we build trusted relationships and do right by the clients and communities we serve.
Receiving this honor for 10 years in a row wouldn’t be possible without the daily commitment of our workforce to carry out our organization’s values in everything they do. Our workforce demonstrates our values in their care for our clients and commitment to bringing Thrivent’s purpose and promise to life so we can help people make the most of all they’ve been given. I couldn’t be prouder of the high standard they continue to set for our organization.
Thank you for your trust in Thrivent. We’re honored to serve you.
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