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Northern Trust enjoys recognition as a leading global financial institution and employer.

Each year, Northern Trust is honored as a leading global financial institution, a trusted service provider and an employer of distinction.
Our recent achievements include:

Recent distinctions include:

  • Best Employers for Diversity
    Forbes, 2019
  • Northern Trust has been identified as one of the companies with the greatest level of admiration in the world
    by Fortune Magazine, 2019 - Thirteenth Consecutive Year
  • Best Private Bank for Family Offices (Global)
    Financial Times Group, 2018
  • Top Financial & Banking Company
    Professional WOMAN'S Magazine, 2018
  • Northern Trust Asset Management named Diversity Champion
    Investment News, 2018
  • Best Private Bank in the U.S. for Customer Service
    Financial Times Group, 2018
  • Gender Equality Index Member
    Bloomberg, 2018-19
  • Global Securities Lending Provider of the Year
    Central Banking Awards 2018
  • America's Best Banks
    Forbes, 2017
  • European Innovator of the Year
    Funds Europe Awards, 2017
  • European Thought Leadership Award
    Funds Europe Awards, 2017
  • Best Private Bank in the U.S.
    Financial Times Group, 2017
  • World’s Best Private Bank - United States Country Award
    Global Finance, 2017

 

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

 

  • 2019 ERG & Councils Award TOP 25 ERGs in the U.S. 
    The Advancing Professionals Resource Council and Women in Leadership Business Resource Councils were ranked in the top 25 ERGs
  • Illinois ESGR Seven Seals Award 
    Northern Trust has been recognized by the Illinois ESGR for our support of our organization's military community. The Seven Seals Award is the broadest and most inclusive award given by ESGR and is presented at the discretion of the State Chair or by ESGR senior leadership. It is presented in recognition of significant individual or organizational achievement, initiative, or support that promotes and supports the ESGR mission.
  • Top 50 Company for Executive Women
    National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), 2018-Eighth Consecutive Year
  • Top 50 Companies for Latinas to Work for in the United States
    Latina Style Magazine, 2017
  • Top 15 Hispanic Employee Resource Groups of the Year
    The Latin Heritage Leadership Council recognized by Latina Style Magazine, 2017
  • 100 Best Corporate Citizens
    Corporate Responsibility Magazine, 2017
  • Perfect rating of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 100 Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality
    Corporate Equality Index, 2005, 2008-2019 (Twelfth Consecutive Year)
  • Top Scoring Company on the Disability Equality Index (DEI)
    Since 2015, Northern Trust has been recognized as a Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and the Disability:IN. Northern Trust scored 100% on the index in 2019.

Workplace Flexibility

  • 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces List
    Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, 2017

 

ASSET SERVICING

 

  • Fund Administrator of the Year
    Global Investor / ISF Awards 2019
  • Private Equity Fund Administrator of the Year, 
    Global Investor/ISF Awards, 2019, (3rd consecutive year)
  • Transition Management Firm of the Year
    European Pensions Awards, 2019
  • Global Custodian Lifetime Achievement award
    Global Custodian - Presented to Penny Biggs, Chief Strategy Officer,  2019
  • Best Custody Specialist - Institutional 
    The Asset - Triple A Asset Servicing, Institutional Investor and Insurance Awards, 2019 (10th consecutive year)
  • Outstanding Fund Technology Innovation
    Global Custodian's Industry Leaders Awards, 2018
  • Customer Contact Centre of the Year - Medium,
    Northern Trust's Investor Service Centre (ISC) Irish Customer Contact and Shared Services Awards, 2018
  • Transition Management Provider of the Year
    Custody Risk Global Awards, 2018
  • Custodian of the Year: UK & Ireland
    Custody Risk Global Awards, 2018
  • Ranked #1 in "Overall Client Satisfaction EMEA"
    aiCIO Transition Management Survey, 2018
  • Award for Innovation
    Investment Week Fund Services Awards, 2018
  • Best Administrator - Over $300bn Client Service
    HFM US Hedge Fund Services Awards, 2018
  • Best Global Custodian Asia-based clients
    The Asset - Triple A Asset Servicing Awards, 2018
  • Best Administrator - Reporting/Regulatory Services
    HFM European Hedge Fund Services Awards, 2018
  • Best Administrator - Client Service
    CTA Intelligence, US Services Awards, 2018
  • Best Real Estate Fund Administrator Europe,
    Property Funds World Awards, 2018
  • European Administrator of the Year
    Funds Europe Awards, 2018, (2nd consecutive year)

 

INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT

  • Asset Allocator of the Year
    Alpha Research, Asset Allocation Awards, 2019
  • Diversity Champion
    Investment News, Diversity and Inclusion Awards, 2018
  • Northern Funds
    $156 billion5 diversified mutual fund family
  • Pensions & Investments Magazine’s 2018 Special Report on the Largest Money 
    Managers ranks Northern Trust among the top asset management firms in multiple categories, detailed below.
    • Ranked by Markets Served 
      • 16th largest manager - worldwide assets
      • 13th largest manager - worldwide institutional assets2
      • 2nd largest manager in the U.S. – institutional cash tax-exempt assets4
      • 9th largest manager - defined benefit assets33
      • 10th largest manager - defined contribution assets44
      • 7th largest manager - sovereign wealth funds1
      • 5th largest manager - endowment/foundation assets3
      • 15th largest manager - sponsored exchange-traded funds1
    • Ranked by Investment Strategy
      • 9th largest manager - factor-based strategies1
      • 5th largest manager - indexed U.S. equity3
      • 4th largest manager - indexed U.S. fixed income3

1Total worldwide assets under management
2Worldwide institutional assets under management 
3US Institutional, tax exempt assets managed internally 
4US Institutional, tax exempt assets
5Data as of December 31, 2018

The above rankings are not indicative of future performance. Unless otherwise noted, rankings are based on total worldwide assets under management of $961  billion as of December 31, 2017 by Pensions & Investments magazine’s 2018 Special Report on the Largest Money Managers.

 

WEALTH MANAGEMENT

 

  • Best Private Bank for Family Offices (Global)
    Financial Times Group, 2018, 2017
  • Best Private Bank in the U.S. for Customer Service
    Financial Times Group, 2018
  • Best Private Bank for Use of Technology in North America
    Financial Times Group, 2018
  • Best Private Bank in the U.S.
    Global Finance, 2018
  • Best Private Bank in the U.S.
    Financial Times Group, 2017
  • Best Private Bank in the U.S. for Succession Planning
    Financial Times Group, 2017
  • Best Private Bank for Entrepreneurs
    Global Finance, 2017

 

TECHNOLOGY

 

  • Best Private Bank for Use of Technology in North America
    Financial Times Group, 2018
  • Strategy and Research Award – A Approach for Managers
    Core77 Design Awards, 2018
  • Best Cloud Initiative – American Financial Technology Awards
    Waters Technology, 2017
  • European Innovator of the Year
    Funds Europe Awards, 2017