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2013's Very BEST Learning Organizations

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In this field, one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a company's learning function is an ASTD BEST Award.

The BEST Awards are presented annually to organizations that use training and development to drive impact and achieve business goals and objectives. These organizations have a culture of learning that is supported throughout the organization, from the C-suite to the newest employees. Leaders recognize that commitment to employee development can have real bottom-line results, and many partner with the learning function to achieve those outcomes. "I have learned that nothing is more important than investing in and developing our people," says UPS Chief Operating Officer David Abney. "We have to satisfy our customers. We have to satisfy our investors. The way we do that is by investing in our people and they take care of the results."

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Indeed, what is noteworthy among the 2013 BEST winners is that training and development initiatives clearly focus on the line of sight from customer needs and expectations to business strategy and business goals. Regardless of industry or workforce size, these BEST winners exemplify how learning can be a strategic partner that drives performance and profitability. From fast food to financial services and from hospitality to healthcare, the 28 companies that earned the 2013 ASTD BEST Award have a culture of and commitment to learning that benefits the employees and the customers they serve.

BEST Award-winning organizations capture that honor by being effective across a range of areas, always looking for ways to improve results, and demonstrating that their efforts deliver results. In the eyes of the review committee, that clearly makes them the BEST.

1. Cognizant Technology Solutions
2. BB&T
3. Savvis, A CenturyLink Company
4. Nemours
5. DenizBank
6. Hilton Worldwide
7. Mindtree Limited
8. Migros Ticaret A.Ş.
9. Cerner Corporation
10. Quanta Computer Inc.
11. BMO Financial Group
12. UPS
13. Ryan, LLC
14. Nuance Communications, Inc.
15. Cigna Corporation
16. TELUS
17. PPD
18. Health Care Service Corporation
19. OptumRx
20. Tata Consultancy Services Ltd
21. ESL Federal Credit Union
22. USAA
23. University Health System
24. Valvoline Instant Oil Change
25. INFOSYS LTD
26. Clarkston Consulting
27. SunTrust Banks, Inc.
28. Zaxby's Franchising, Inc.

About the Author
The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is a professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world. The ATD Staff, along with a worldwide network of volunteers work to empower professionals to develop talent in the workplace.
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