TORONTO, ON, Feb. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - TELUS announced it is being inducted
into Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures Hall of Fame at an
awards gala tonight hosted by executive search firm Waterstone Human
Capital. The national program, now in its ninth year, recognizes
Canadian companies for having a culture that has helped them enhance
performance and sustain a competitive advantage. TELUS joins the just
five other Canadian companies that have been inducted into the Hall of
"We are deeply honoured by this recognition from Waterstone Human
Capital as it is a great testament to the dedicated efforts of our over
40,000 team members to support our clients and give back to our
communities," said Darren Entwistle, President and CEO, TELUS. "The
best path to achieving a sustainable competitive advantage is through
the development of an innovative and winning corporate culture. In
building a high performance culture, we have significantly
differentiated the TELUS brand in the hearts and minds of our
customers, employees and communities while delivering meaningful value
appreciation for our investors. Indeed, TELUS has outperformed its
global incumbent telco peers in total shareholder return for more than
a decade, generating a 208 per cent total shareholder return since the
beginning of 2000."
TELUS was selected for its leading corporate culture, distinguishing
- Putting customers first. In 2011 TELUS introduced its 'YOU' campaign, declaring its commitment
to customers that at TELUS, 'we put YOU first'. TELUS has introduced a
number of customer friendly initiatives including clear and simple
pricing; anytime smartphone upgrades; the elimination of activation
fees; and innovative Optik TV apps such as Remote Record, Smart Remote,
Facebook and Twitter on Optik, and Optik on the go.
- Creating talent development programs that drive innovation in building a
world-class team. TELUS' Future Friendly Workplace strategy, which leverages the most
advanced telecommunications technology available anywhere, allows team
members to work where and how it makes sense for them and the customers
they serve, while simultaneously reducing the organization's carbon
footprint. TELUS has achieved an 80% team engagement score, the highest
for any company of its size in Canada and in the top 1% globally,
according to an Aon Hewitt survey.
- Embracing a belief in the overarching importance to give where we live. The TELUS team's passion to give where we live with our hearts and our
hands has inspired the company, its team members and retirees to
contribute an unparalleled $300 million to charities and non-profit
organizations, and perhaps more importantly, volunteer more than 4.8
million hours to positively affect the lives of millions of Canadians.
TELUS was the first Canadian company ever to be honoured as the most
outstanding philanthropic organization globally by the United States
based Association of Fundraising Professionals.
- Building a globally-leading brand that sets the standard for all of our
human interactions with customers, team members, communities and
shareholders. These efforts to date have realized a brand valued at over $3.6 billion
by the Brand Finance organization.
"Culture is perhaps the most valuable asset an organization can have and
TELUS has been repeatedly recognized by the Canadian leadership
community for having a phenomenal corporate culture that drives
results," said Marty Parker, Chief Executive Officer of Waterstone
Human Capital. "By inducting TELUS into the Hall of Fame, we are
formally recognizing its strong corporate culture and its great
Waterstone Human Capital, a leading executive search firm, has been
running the Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures' program since
2005. The program surveys 500 senior Canadian executives annually,
where respondents are asked to nominate Canadian organizations they
most admire in terms of having a corporate culture that impacts
performance. Nominated organizations are then asked to complete a
formal submission, which is evaluated and voted on by Canada's 10 Most
Admired Corporate Cultures Board of Governors.
The program's findings have demonstrated, on an annual basis, how the
winning organizations are outperforming their peers.
About Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures:
Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures is founded and presented by
Waterstone Human Capital, a leading retained executive search firm
specializing in recruiting for fit. This national program now in its
ninth year annually recognizes best-in-class Canadian organizations for
having a culture that has helped them enhance performance and sustain a
competitive advantage. This popular program begins in the spring of
each year with the nomination process and culminates in an annual
awards gala. www.canadasmostadmired.comwww.waterstonehc.com
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading telecommunications company in
Canada, thanks to $10.8 billion in annual revenue and 13 million
customer connections, including 7.6 million wireless subscribers, 3.5
million wireline network access lines, 1.3 million Internet subscribers
and 635,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO,
Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications
products and services, including wireless, data, Internet Protocol
(IP), voice, television, entertainment and video.
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team
members and retirees have contributed more than $300 million to
numerous charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered
4.8 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Fourteen
TELUS Community Boards lead TELUS' local philanthropic initiatives.
TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic
corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising
Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this
prestigious international recognition.
For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.
SOURCE: TELUS Corporation