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Voya Financial® is again named one of the world’s most ethical companies

The Ethisphere® Institute announced its 2015 World’s Most Ethical Companies® list, which includes Voya Financial for the second time. Voya was one of only 132 companies overall to earn this global distinction.

For the second consecutive year, Ethisphere — an independent center of research promoting best practices in corporate ethics and governance — has named Voya Financial as one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies.”

The designation is awarded to organizations that have had a material impact on the way business is conducted by fostering a culture of ethics and transparency at every level.

“We are thrilled that Voya has once again been selected by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies,” said Voya Financial Chairman and CEO Rod Martin. “Every day, we help thousands of people as they make important financial decisions that affect their retirement readiness — our business is built on trust and integrity.”

Rod also noted that Voya is committed to establishing and adhering to ethical business standards and practices that deliver long-term value to all of its key stakeholders, including customers, distributors, employees, suppliers, regulators and investors.

“The World’s Most Ethical Companies embrace the correlation between ethical business practice and improved company performance,” said Ethisphere CEO Timothy Erblich. “These companies use ethics as a means to further define their industry leadership — understanding that creating an ethical culture, and earning the World’s Most Ethical Companies recognition, involves more than just an outward-facing message or a handful of senior executives saying the right thing. Earning this recognition involves the collective action of a global workforce from the top down. We congratulate everyone at Voya for this extraordinary achievement.”

This year marks Ethisphere’s ninth year of awarding this prestigious honor. Voya distinguished itself in a number of areas, according to Michael Byrne, general counsel and SVP of Thought Leadership at Ethisphere. “Voya scored very well across most areas we looked at in evaluating its compliance and ethics programs,” he said. “Especially notable are high marks indicating a very well-structured and resourced compliance and ethics program, which relies upon a robust risk assessment process. The company communicates its message using effective training and communications programs.”

In addition to being recognized as one of the 2015 World’s Most Ethical Companies®, Voya Financial will participate in the Ethisphere Institute’s seventh annual Global Ethics Summit Tuesday, March 10, in New York City. Rod Martin will take part in a keynote executive panel of CEOs.

“At Voya, we have made doing the right thing a cornerstone of our culture,” Rod said. “We are proud that our values, standards and reputation for integrity have enabled us to earn this recognition, and we are committed to maintaining the trust of our stakeholders every day.”