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A History that Propels Us Forward

 
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GLOBAL LEADERSHIP BUILT ON LASTING VALUES

Our core principles — service, expertise and integrity — have remained constant for over 125 years, guiding Northern Trust's evolution from a new bank in the growing Chicago of 1889 to a multi-faceted global financial services provider. View our historical timeline to learn more about our history and culture. 

A RESPONSIBLE CORPORATE CITIZEN

From the very beginning, Northern Trust has been more than simply a financial institution; we have been an active member of the community, a leader in business and philanthropy, and a trailblazer in employee benefits and support.

We are proud of our good corporate citizenship, our philanthropy, and our support for the diverse communities in which we operate. Every year we donate our time and financial support to help fantastic non-profit organizations around the world continue their good work. In 2014 alone, Northern Trust employees logged more than 125,000 hours of volunteer time, and gave nearly 15.4 million in charitable contributions.

A GLOBAL CSR PROGRAM

In 2009, Northern Trust brought together all of our philanthropic, environmental, and business ethics efforts by creating a global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) structure. Today, Northern Trust strives to be an upstanding global corporate citizen by minimizing our environmental impact, honoring cultural perspectives, and sponsoring community programs.

FOSTERING AN INCLUSIVE WORKPLACE

Through the years, Northern Trust has evolved into an inclusive organization that not only welcomes, but thrives on, different viewpoints and backgrounds. Since the 1980s, Northern Trust has supported a variety of leadership groups called Business Resource Councils including groups focused on Asian, Black, Latino, and LGBT professionals. In 1998, 15 years before the federal government recognized same-sex marriage, Northern Trust became the second bank in the U.S. to offer employees domestic partner benefits for both same-sex and opposite-sex couples—another testament to our penchant for trailblazing and inclusivity. The bank formalized a national LGBT and Non-Traditional Family Practice in 2010 to meet their financial needs.

The Northern Trust Story

Learn about the extraordinary people, places and events that define Northern Trust and helped to make us the dynamic financial institution we are today.
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Principles that Endure: 125 Years of Northern Trust, 1889-2014

Our e-book tells a remarkable story of both constancy and change. Over the years, through economic highs and lows, Northern Trust's character, culture and commitment have remained constant. Available for Apple and Kindle devices.
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