Western Union Recognized for Commitment to Community by National Conference on Citizenship and Points of Light
The Western Union Company was recognized today as one of America’s most community-minded companies in The Civic 50 – the first scientific evaluation to rank the companies that best use their time, talent, and resources to improve the quality of life where they do business. The survey was conducted by the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and Points of Light, the nation’s definitive experts on civic engagement, and published in the Nov. 12-18 issue of Bloomberg Businessweek.
“At Western Union, we stand up for our customers and create opportunity through essential products and services, ethical governance and efficient operations, and a long-standing community commitment,” said Hikmet Ersek, president and chief executive officer, Western Union. “Through the efforts of the company, the Western Union Foundation, our employees, Agents and consumers, we work to create a better world where the ability to realize dreams through economic opportunity is not just a privilege for the few but a right for all.”
“The results of The Civic 50 show that what is good for business can also be good for the community,” said Michael Weiser, Chairman of NCoC, and Jackie Norris, executive director of Points of Light Corporate Institute, in a joint statement. “Rather than passively write checks to charities or philanthropies, the top corporations are actively aligning their resources and professional skills with the needs of community partners. The Civic 50 reveals which companies are truly innovative, and we are hopeful that these examples will inspire other companies to make a difference in communities.”
Western Union was evaluated on several elements, including leadership, measurement and strategy, design, employee civic health, community partnerships, cause alignment and transparency. To learn more about The Civic 50 survey as well as the importance of civic engagement in corporate America, please visit www.Civic50.org.
About Western Union
The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders. As of September 30, 2012, the Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services were offered through a combined network of approximately 510,000 Agent locations in 200 countries and territories. In 2011, The Western Union Company completed 226 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving $81 billion of principal between consumers, and 425 million business payments. For more information, visit www.westernunion.com.