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SAS ranks No. 1 in the world for best workplaces

SAS ranks No. 1 in the world for best workplaces
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Auckland– 22 November 2012

SAS earned the top spot on the elite World's Best Multinational Workplaces list from Great Place to Work®. SAS, the leader in business analytics software and services, ranked No. 1 based on inspiring work, open communication, generous benefits and work-life balance.

"This recognition underscores our efforts to encourage creativity and innovation around the world, no matter where we are located," said SAS CEO Jim Goodnight. "Employee feedback is critical to achieving first place on this list. It means a great deal that SAS employees value the company as much as we value them. It also mirrors how we value our customers."

“SAS New Zealand is a very successful and fast growing part of the international SAS community,” said Geoff Beynon, general manager of SAS New Zealand. “We foster the same workplace culture as SAS in all the countries listed in this announcement and are proud to be ranked the number 1 in the world.

SAS is recognised worldwide by Great Place to Work. Last year, SAS ranked No. 2 on the World's Best Multinational Workplaces list. In 2012, SAS Belgium and SAS Sweden were both No. 1 on their country lists of Best Companies to Work For. SAS corporate headquarters (US) and SAS Norway were both No. 1 on their country lists in 2010 and 2011. This year, SAS has been among the top workplaces in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Europe, Finland, France, Greece, India, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and the US.
"The companies listed on the second annual World's Best Multinational Workplaces List are creating workplaces dedicated to fostering trust, pride and camaraderie amongst their employees," said Susan Lucas-Conwell, Global CEO of Great Place to Work. "Their inclusion on this prestigious list demonstrates their commitment to continually improving the lives of their employees and setting innovative new standards for workplaces of the future."

To be eligible, companies must appear on five or more national Great Place to Work lists in the past year and have more than 5,000 employees worldwide, with at least 40 per cent working outside the company's home country. Companies on the World's Best Multinational Workplaces list are rated by their employees to be among the best companies, and have excellent HR policies and practices that support a culture of trust.

Since launching the first best workplaces lists in partnership with Fortune magazine in the United States and Exame in Brazil in 1997, Great Place to Work now recognises leading workplaces in 45 countries. Every year, Great Place to Work analyses data from surveys taken by more than 2.5 million employees and workplace culture analytics taken from 5,671 companies that represent more than 11 million employees. The World's Best Multinational Workplaces list is the first integrated look at survey data from employees of thousands of companies across six continents, making it the world's largest annual study of workplace excellence.

ABOUT GREAT PLACE TO WORK
Great Place to Work Institute is a global research, consulting and training firm that helps organisations identify, create and sustain great workplaces through the development of high-trust workplace cultures. Great Place to Work serves businesses, nonprofits and government agencies in 45 countries on all six continents.
ABOUT SAS
SAS is the leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market. Through innovative solutions, SAS helps customers at more than 60,000 sites improve performance and deliver value by making better decisions faster. Since 1976 SAS has been giving customers around the world THE POWER TO KNOW® .

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