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.

America’s Most JUST Companies

Edwards Lifesciences was honored by being recognized as #1 in our industry 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 #15 overall out of 922 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, protecting customer privacy, environmental impact, leadership integrity and more.

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 Business Daily’s 50 Best ESG Companies

Edwards Lifesciences was honored by being recognized as #1 on Investor 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.

2019 most ethical

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. 2019 marks the inaugural inclusion of Edwards Lifesciences on DJSI World, and DJSI North America for the third consecutive year. Since its pioneering launch in 1999, the DJSI World has achieved iconic status as the global standard for measuring and advancing corporate environmental, social and governance practices. It was the first global index to track the stock performance of 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.

2019 most ethical

2019 World's Most Ethical Companies

For the third consecutive year, Edwards Lifesciences was honored as one of the 2019 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 2019, 128 honorees were recognized, spanning 21 countries and 50 industries.

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.”

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.

Forbes 2018 World’s Most Innovative Companies

The World’s Most Innovative Companies list consists of firms that investors feel are most likely to come up with the next big innovation, as determined by a formula developed by Professors Jeff Dyer of Brigham Young University and Hal Gregersen of MIT. Companies are ranked by their innovation premium: the difference between their market capitalization and the net present value of cash flows from existing businesses (based on a proprietary algorithm from Credit Suisse HOLT). The difference between them is the bonus given by equity investors on the educated hunch that the company will continue to come up with profitable new growth. To be included on the list, firms need seven years of financial data and $10 billion in market cap. In 2018, Edwards Lifesciences ranked #55.

CEO Cancer Gold Standard

A no-cost workplace wellness accreditation program established in 2006, the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ is the first initiative championed by the CEO Roundtable on Cancer. Edwards Lifesciences was recognized as a Gold Standard in 2018. The Gold Standard provides a framework for employers to have a healthier workplace by focusing on cancer risk reduction, early detection, access to clinical trials and high-quality care. All of the requirements of the CEO Cancer Gold Standard are based on scientific evidence, and the program is carefully reviewed annually to ensure that it remains comprehensive and up to date.

100 Best Corporate Citizens 2018

For 19 years, Corporate Responsibility Magazine has recognized the standout environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of public companies across the United States with the 100 Best Corporate Citizens ranking. The 100 Best Corporate Citizens List documents 260 ESG data points of disclosure and performance measures — harvested from publicly available information in seven categories: environment, climate change, employee relations, human rights, governance, finance, and philanthropy & community support. The list ranks the Russell 1000 Index. In 2018, Edwards Lifesciences ranked #85 overall.

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. In 2018, Edwards Lifesciences received a Pillar Score of 1 in both Environmental and Social disclosure.

2019 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.

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