Awards & Recognitions
It’s our commitment to be a global leader dedicated to transforming patients’ lives with breakthrough medical technologies. We aspire to excel as a trusted partner through distinguished quality and integrity, fostering an inclusive culture where all employees grow and thrive, and inspire passionate engagement that strengthens our communities. The strides we've made and the culture we've created are both highly regarded and recognized.
Below is a selection of awards and recognitions we have received.
Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
- DJSI World
- DSJI North America
The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) are a family of best-in-class benchmarks for investors who have recognized that sustainable business practices are critical to generating long-term shareholder value and who wish to reflect their sustainability convictions in their investment portfolios. Edwards Lifesciences maintained its inclusion in DJSI World for the second year in a row, and DJSI North America for the fourth consecutive year, placing us in the 94th percentile in the Health Care Equipment and Supplies sector. Since its launch in 1999, the DJSI World has achieved iconic status as the global standard for measuring and advancing corporate environmental, social and governance practices. The DJSI were among the very first set of global indices to track the largest and leading sustainability-driven publicly listed companies. Only the top ranked companies within each industry are selected for inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index family.
America’s Most JUST Companies
Edwards Lifesciences was honored by being recognized as one of America’s Most JUST Companies, according to Forbes and JUST Capital, a nonprofit that ranks the largest publicly traded corporations in the United States on the issues Americans care about most. Edwards ranked #48 overall out of 928 for America's best corporate citizens. Edwards was recognized for outperforming its peers on the criteria deemed to be most important, including providing workers with good benefits and supporting work-life balance; giving back to local communities; diversity, equity, and inclusion; leadership integrity and more.
Barron’s 2020 Most Sustainable Companies
2020 marks the inaugural appearance of Edwards Lifesciences on Barron’s third annual list of the 100 Most Sustainable Companies in the United States. To determine the rankings, Barron's partnered with Calvert Research and Management to analyze the largest publicly held companies that are headquartered within the U.S., comprising more than 1,000 companies. Each company was assessed against 230 performance indicators in 28 environmental, social, and corporate governances. Edwards ranked #93 overall and then moved up to #85 when re-ranked for social factor impact. Their recent revised rankings were based solely on the "softer factors," including the designation of funds for community support, the hiring of minority employees, and improvements in workplace inclusivity.
2020 World's Most Ethical Companies
For the fourth consecutive year, Edwards Lifesciences was honored as one of the 2020 World’s Most Ethical Companies® by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. Edwards was one of only two companies recognized in the medical devices industry and honorees profoundly illustrated how companies continue to be the driving force for improving communities, building capable and empowered workforces, and fostering corporate cultures focused on ethics and a strong sense of purpose. In 2020, 131 honorees were recognized, spanning 21 countries and 50 industries.
Newsweek’s America's Most Responsible Companies 2020
Newsweek partnered with global data research firm Statista Inc. to publish its first ranking of America's Most Responsible Companies. Statista worked from a universe of 2,000 public companies to determine which firms were tops when it came to doing good. Results are based on publicly available key performance indicators derived from CSR Reports, Sustainability Reports, and Corporate Citizenship Reports as well as an independent survey among 6,500 U.S. citizens. The final list recognizes the top 300 most responsible companies in the United States, spanning 14 industries. Edwards ranked #68 overall.
United Way of Orange County, Leadership Society Award, 2020
Annually, the Orange County United Way celebrates more than 300 corporate partners, philanthropists, community leaders, and advocates at their Rally for Change event. Corporate Social Responsibility Champions of Orange County are those who are part of the Home Team and have played their hearts out to transform the lives of disadvantaged children, struggling families, and neighbors experiencing homelessness. Edwards was honored to receive the Leadership Society Award, as their corporate partner with the most employees giving at the Leadership level.
Charities Aid Foundation of America, Celebration of International Philanthropy Award, 2020
Charities Aid Foundation America has the privilege of supporting leading philanthropists on fulfilling their international charitable aspirations. In 2020, Edwards Lifesciences Foundation was honored to accept their Celebration of International Philanthropy award for their international philanthropic achievements. The award celebrates the inspirational work that philanthropic entities do to make the world a better place.
Constituent MSCI ESG Leaders Indexes
MSCI provides investors globally with ESG indexes designed to facilitate clients’ integration of ESG considerations into their investment process. The indexes use a best-in-class approach by only selecting companies that have the highest MSCI ESG Ratings. The MSCI ACWI ESG Leaders Index is a capitalization weighted index that provides exposure to companies with high Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance relative to their sector peers. MSCI ACWI ESG Leaders Index consists of large and mid-cap companies across 23 Developed Markets and 24 Emerging Markets countries.
Wall Street Journal’s Management Top 250
In 2019, Edwards Lifesciences was named as one of the Management Top 250 by the Wall Street Journal in partnership with the Drucker Institute. Edwards was listed #25 out of 820 companies researched according to their overall effectiveness of “doing the right things well.” These rankings are focused on U.S. companies that are traded on the NYSE or Nasdaq market and evaluate which are most effectively navigating the current business climate and serving their workers, customers and shareholders. Within this list, Edwards was also cited as one of 8 “all stars” for across-the-board rankings, achieving high marks in all five dimensions of corporate performance: Customer Satisfaction, Employee Engagement and Development, Innovation, Social Responsibility and Financial Strength.
Investor’s Business Daily 50 Best ESG Companies
Edwards Lifesciences was honored by being recognized as #1 on Investor’s Business Daily’s inaugural 50 Best ESG Companies in 2019 for superior Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) ratings in addition to strong fundamental and technical performance. Their research highlights Edwards’ “comprehensive product quality and safety controls” and its “ability to deliver exceptional shareholder value.” IBD’s methodology includes using MSCI’s ESG Ratings, where Edwards is rated ‘AA.’ ESG investing is gaining traction, according to MSCI, whose ESG Ratings aim to measure a company's resilience to long-term, financially relevant ESG risks, and ESG investors want to support companies whose social values align with theirs.
Harvard Business Review
Our CEO, Michael Mussallem, was honored as one of the Best-Performing CEOs in the World in 2019 by the Harvard Business Review. This ranking relies on objective performance measures over a chief executive’s entire tenure. Of 883 CEO’s reviewed, Mussallem was listed at #12 based on financial and non-financial metrics, such as total shareholder return, increase in market capitalization, and environmental, social and governance metrics. “We think it’s important to recognize leaders who are delivering strong financial performance and creating sustainable businesses over the long term – not just quarter to quarter,” said HBR Editor in Chief Adi Ignatius.
100 Best Corporate Citizens 2019
Corporate Responsibility Magazine has named Edwards Lifesciences to its 20th annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens ranking, recognizing outstanding environmental, social and governance (ESG) transparency and performance amongst the 1,000 largest U.S. public companies. This is the second year Edwards has been included. The 100 Best Corporate Citizens ranking is based on 134 total corporate disclosure and performance factors in seven categories: climate change, employee relations, environment, finance, governance, human rights and stakeholders and society. The list ranks the Russell 1000 Index. In 2019, Edwards Lifesciences ranked #38 overall, up from #85 in 2018.
2019 America's 100 Most Innovative Leaders
America’s 100 Most Innovative Leaders list is comprised of 100 founders and CEOs known for encouraging creative and highly successful innovation at their organizations. Four essential leadership qualities of top founders and CEOs were measured: media reputation for innovation, social connections, track record for value creation and investor expectations of future growth and innovation. The researchers then ranked these visionaries in a high-powered selection of 100 innovators at top U.S. companies. Edwards Lifesciences/Mike Mussallem ranked #23.
America's Best Large Employers 2019
According to Forbes Magazine, record-setting job gains and consistently low unemployment rates gave rise to a labor landscape not seen by Americans in decades, one where companies found themselves competing hard to attract and retain their workforces. In doing so, some emerged from the talent war as employers of choice. Forbes teamed up with market research company Statista to pinpoint the companies liked best by employees in its annual ranking. To determine the list, they surveyed 50,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 1,000 employees. The respondents were asked to rate how likely they’d be to recommend their employer to others. Statista then asked respondents to nominate organizations in industries outside their own. The final list ranks the 500 large employers that received the most recommendations. Edwards Lifesciences also ranked on the Forbes America’s Best-in-State Employers 2019 list for both California and Utah and Best Employers for New Graduates 2019.
Top 100 U.S. Companies Supporting Healthy Communities and Families
JUST Capital is elevating companies that take the lead on building a better and more sustainable Culture of Health for working families and their communities and set the bar for the market. To that end, the list of the Top 100 U.S. Companies Supporting Healthy Communities and Families, tracks performance on key issues – from paying a living wage and providing good benefits to maintaining strong community relationships and minimizing pollution. According to JUST Capital, “Research has shown that healthier communities achieve improved education outcomes, attract more talented workers, and perform more productively and competitively. By driving change on these core determinants of community health, companies can do well by doing good, ensuring that their businesses are run in ways that are supportive and sustainable.”
Civic 50 Orange County Awards, 2019
The Civic 50 Orange County Awards, presented by the Orange County Business Journal, in partnership with OneOC, an initiative of Points of Light, recognizes the 50 most community-minded small, mid-size and large Orange County companies. By benchmarking and celebrating best practices, this program provides visibility and a framework for how local companies can use their employees’ time, skills and other resources to improve the quality of life in our community. Edwards has been honored to receive this award for three years in a row.
2019 Sustainability Yearbook
Edwards Lifesciences was recognized by RobecoSAM as being in the top 15% of its industry and achieved the largest improvement in sustainability performance in 2018. The SAM Sustainability Yearbook showcases best performers among industry peers and in terms of financially material ESG metrics. The Sustainability Yearbook identifies companies strongly positioned to create long-term shareholder value. Sustainable companies in the Health Care Equipment & Supplies sector focus on developing innovative and highly differentiated products and on demonstrating their products’ clinical and economic benefits. Moreover, they adopt consistent, value- and stakeholder-oriented corporate strategies and governance systems based on effective human and intellectual capital management and transparent reporting frameworks.
FTSE Russell FTSE4Good Index Series Constituent
FTSE Russell (the trading name of FTSE International Limited and Frank Russell Company) confirms that Edwards Lifesciences has been independently assessed according to the FTSE4Good criteria, and has satisfied the requirements to become a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index Series. Created by the global index provider FTSE Russell, the FTSE4Good Index Series is designed to measure the performance of companies demonstrating strong Environmental, Social and Governance practices. The FTSE4Good indices are used by a wide variety of market participants to create and assess responsible investment funds and other products. Edwards Lifesciences is a member of the FTSE4Good Developed Index and the FTSE4Good US Select Index.
ISS Environmental & Social Disclosure QualityScore
E&S Disclosure QualityScore measures and identifies risk in environmental and social areas of concern through thorough analysis of company disclosures. Scores can also indicate best-in class disclosure practices and save time in performing peer comparisons. E&S Disclosure QualityScore uses a numeric, decile-based score that indicates a company’s risk. Overall Environmental and Social scores indicate a company’s risk relative to their peers in their industry. A score in the 1st decile (pillar score: 1) indicates relatively better quality Environmental & Social practices and relatively lower Environmental & Social risk, and, conversely, a score in the 10th decile (pillar score: 10) indicates relatively higher Environmental & Social risk. Edwards Lifesciences has a Pillar Score of 1 in both Environmental and Social disclosure.
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