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updated: 3/22/2013 9:51 AM

Six suburban businesses honored as 'Companies That Care'

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Six suburban companies were among those recognized by the Center for Companies That Care on its 11th Honor Roll.

The Honor Roll recognizes privately held and publicly traded organizations, as well as not-for-profits, for outstanding workplace practices and active community involvement. Nearly 75,000 employees work for the 13 employers on the 2013 list, according to the center

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"These employers are among the best in the nation," said Marci Koblenz, Center for Companies That Care's co-founder and president. "They are engaged with their employees and communities. They are strengthening individuals and families within and outside of their workplaces with such practices as open communication, career development, volunteerism, and health assessments.

Their leaders are evaluated on how they lead others as well as the business results they achieve. These organizations have consistently proven how values-driven practices can lead to success. They deserve to be emulated."

The suburban firms on the 2013 list are BCU of Vernon Hills, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management in Lake Forest, Sherman Health in Elgin, Convergint Technologies of Schaumburg, Sysmex America, Inc. of Lincolnshire, and Enterprise Fleet Management, Inc. in Glen Ellyn.

The other companies on the 2013 Honor Roll are Alliant Credit Union of Chicago, Falcon Camp of Shaker Heights, Ohio, LBright Horizons in Watertown, Mass., Ryan, LLC in Dallas, CBRE of Los Angeles, UHC (University HealthSystem Consortium) of Chicago, and WellStar Health System in Marietta, Ga.

Honor Roll organizations are selected for their demonstration of all 10 Characteristics of a socially responsible employer by seasoned business professionals.  Two key components of the selection process are a written application and employee survey results.

Each March the Honor Roll is announced in conjunction with the launch of Caredays, an annual monthlong, national initiative to address a significant societal issue.  Caredays13: Terrific Tales supports childhood literacy by ensuring that under-resourced classroom libraries have age-appropriate books for children to read.

Center for Companies That Care is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to social sustainability by engaging employers in improving the lives of employees, families, and communities.

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