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

Award Highlights

  • Best Private Bank for Family Office Services, Global Finance Magazine, 2020
  • Best Private Bank for Intergenerational Wealth Management, Global Finance Magazine, 2020
  • European Administrator of the Year, Funds Europe Awards, 2020
  • Best Custodian, Private Equity Wire US Awards, 2020 and Private Equity Wire European Awards, 2021
  • Northern Trust identified as one of the companies with the greatest level of admiration in the world by Fortune Magazine, 2020 (14th consecutive year)
  • Gender Equality Index Member, Bloomberg, 2021 (4th consecutive year)
  • Top ranking of 100% on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s, Corporate Equality Index, 2021
    For the 14th consecutive year, Northern Trust has scored 100% and earned the designation as a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality”
  • Best Private Bank for Succession Planning, Financial Times Group, 2019
  • European Alternative Administrator of the YearFunds Europe Awards, 2019  


Employer Awards

North America

  • Top Financial & Banking Company, Black EOE Journal, 2021 (11th consecutive year)
  • Top Financial & Banking Company, Hispanic Network Magazine, 2021 (11th consecutive year)
  • Top Financial & Banking Company, Professional WOMAN'S Magazine, 2021 (11th consecutive year)
  • Top Scoring Company on the Disability Equality Index (DEI), 2020 (6th consecutive year)
    Northern Trust has been recognized as a top-scoring Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and the Disability:IN. 2020 marks the second consecutive year Northern Trust scored a 100% on the index.
  • America’s Most Responsible Companies, Newsweek, 2020
  • Diversity Impact Award – Executive Sponsor of the Year, 2020
    Shundrawn Thomas, NTAM President, and WIL BRC Executive Sponsor, recognized as one of four Executive Sponsors of the Year by the Association of ERGs & Councils (ranked for 5+ years)
  • Top Veteran-Friendly Company, U.S. Veterans Magazine, 2020
  • Diversity Best Practices Inclusion Index, 2020
    Northern Trust recognized for commitment to Best Practices in Recruitment, Retention & Advancement, Company Culture and Demographics/Transparency
  • Top 50 Companies for Latinas to Work for in the United StatesLatina Style Magazine, 2020 (ranked for 10+ years)
  • Top 16 Employee Resource Groups of the Year
    The Latin Heritage Leadership Council recognized by Latina Style Magazine, 2020
  • Best Companies for Dads, Working Mother, 2020
  • Top Disability-Friendly Company, DIVERSEability Magazine, 2020
  • 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.
  • Diversity Impact Award – Top 10 Strategic or Enterprise-Wide ERG Awards
    Number two spot awarded to the North America BRC Advisory Council by the Association of ERGs Councils (2020)
  • Best Employers for Diversity, Forbes, 2019
  • Top 25 ERGs in the U.S., ERG & Councils Award, 2019
    The Advancing Professionals Resource Council and Women in Leadership Business Resource Councils were ranked in the top 25 ERGs
  • Silver Cradle Award Honoree for Adoption Benefits, The Cradle Foundation, 2019


Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)

  • Mind Workplace Wellbeing Index – Silver Award
  • Mind Workplace Wellbeing Index – the UK’s definitive benchmark related to mental health and wellbeing policy. As part of the submission, we participate in both staff and employer surveys to help us assess where the gaps lie regarding our approach to workplace wellbeing and staff perceptions, enabling us to identify key interventions needed.
  • Ministry of Deference Employer Recognition Scheme – Gold Award
  • Ministry of Deference Employer Recognition Scheme - the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same. The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.
  • Business Working Responsibly Mark Certification, Business in the Community Ireland, 2019


Asia-Pacific (APAC)

  • Duyan Ambassador Award Recipient at the 6th Philippine Financial and Inter-Industry Pride Annual Gala. This serves as a recognition of Northern Trust’s continued commitment to supporting the LGBTQ+ community and raising awareness for HIV/AIDS.
  • Top 100 Best Companies To Work for Women in India,  AVTAR Flexi Careers India and Working Mother Media US, 2020
  • Exemplar for Inclusion Recognition, AVTAR Flexi Careers India and Working Mother Media US, 2020
  • Global Workplace Excellence Honoree, OUTIE awards by Out and Equal USA, 2020


Asset Servicing Awards

  • Best Custodian,
    Private Equity Wire European Awards, 2021
  • Best Mutual Fund Administrator,
    Fund Intelligence, 2021
  • Best Cash Management/Treasury Services,
    HFM, 2021
  • European Administrator of the Year
    Funds Europe Awards, 2020
  • Asset Servicing CEO of the Year - Teresa Parker 
    Global Investor/ISF Awards, 2020
  • Private Equity Fund Administrator of the Year 
    Global Investor/ISF Awards, 2020 (4th consecutive year)
  • European Alternative Administrator of the Year
    Funds Europe Awards, 2019
  • Best Administrator - Technology
    HFM European Hedge Fund Services Awards, 2019
  • Fund Administrator of the Year
    Global Investor/ISF Awards, 2019
  • 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)

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