Sixty-Six Organizations Honored With Prestigious ATD BEST Award

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The Association for Talent Development honors 66 organizations from 13 countries with coveted BEST Award.

“These 66 organizations are driving impact and solving business challenges through talent development practices, and they are doing it in innovative ways.” —Tony Bingham, ATD President and CEO

The Association for Talent Development (ATD) honored 66 organizations from Australia, Canada, India, Kenya, Macao, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States as winners in the 2020 BEST Awards. Valvoline Instant Oil Change, headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, won the first-place ranking. IBM, Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services, TELUS, University Health System, and Wipro Limited received ATD’s Best of the BEST Award, which goes to organizations that have won the BEST Award 10 or more times. Companies were recognized during a virtual awards recognition celebration.

“These 66 organizations are driving impact and solving business challenges through talent development practices, and they are doing it in innovative ways,” said Tony Bingham, ATD president and chief executive officer. “Senior leaders in these organizations understand the critical strategic role learning has, and they are committed to investing in the growth and development of their people.”

ATD’s BEST Award is the talent development industry’s most rigorous and coveted recognition. The global program recognizes organizations that demonstrate enterprise-wide success through talent development.

The 2020 BEST Award winners are profiled in a special July issue of TD, ATD’s flagship magazine.

ATD received entries from more than 185 organizations. These organizations submitted quantitative and qualitative information to ATD about their talent development practices and programs. Applications were assessed in a rigorous blind review by members of the BEST Awards advisory committee comprising a group of experts in the field.

The 2020 BEST Award winners:

Best of the BEST:
15-Year Winner: TELUS, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
14-Year Winner: Wipro Limited, Bangalore, India
11-Year Winner: IBM, Armonk, New York
11-Year Winner: Tata Consultancy Services, Mumbai, India

10-Year Winner: Infosys Limited, Bengaluru, India
10-Year Winner: University Health System, San Antonio, Texas

2020 Rankings – Top Twenty:
1.    Valvoline Instant Oil Change, Lexington, Kentucky
2.    KCB, Nairobi, Kenya
3.    iCIMS, Holmdel, New Jersey
4.    Cathay Life Insurance, Taipei City, Taiwan
5.    The Krystal Company, Lawrenceville, Georgia
6.    Total Quality Logistics, Cincinnati, Ohio
7.    Procore Technologies, Carpinteria, California
8.    NTT Limited, North Ryde, Australia
9.    C&A Industries Inc., Omaha, Nebraska
10.    Tech Mahindra Limited, Pune, India
11.    Paycor, Cincinnati, Ohio
12.    Western & Southern Financial Group, Cincinnati, Ohio
13.    Rapid7, Boston, Massachusetts
14.    Apple Federal Credit Union, Fairfax, Virginia
15.    Providence St Joseph Health Nursing Institute, Renton, Washington
16.    University Health System, San Antonio, Texas
17.    Walmart, Bentonville, Arkansas
18.    Roscoe Property Management, Austin, Texas
19.    Genpact, Gurugram, India
20.    Hitachi Vantara, Santa Clara, California

BEST Winners
Accenture Solutions Private Ltd., Bangalore, India
Aimco (Apartment Investment and Management Company), Denver, Colorado
Alamo Colleges District, San Antonio, Texas
Black Knight, Jacksonville, Florida
BMO Financial Group, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Busey, Champaign, Illinois
Choice Hotels International, Rockville, Maryland
CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen), Minneapolis, Minnesota
Cognizant, Teaneck, New Jersey
Consumers Energy, Jackson, Michigan
Davenport University, Grand Rapids, Michigan
DISH, Englewood, Colorado
DPR Construction, Redwood City, California
Emaar Hospitality Group, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Erie Insurance, Erie, Pennsylvania
Fisher Investments, Camas, Washington
Florida Blue, Jacksonville, Florida
Gilbane Building Company, Providence, Rhode Island
Hilti, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Huntington National Bank, Columbus, Ohio
ICICI Lombard GIC Ltd., Mumbai, India
Infosys Limited, Bengaluru, India
Isbank, Istanbul, Turkey
Lupin Limited, Mumbai, India
Mattress Firm, Houston, Texas
Memorial Health System, Springfield, Illinois
MGM China, Macao S.A.R
Navy Federal Credit Union, Vienna, Virginia
Nemours Children's Health System, Jacksonville, Florida
North Highland, Atlanta, Georgia
Novartis, Basel, Switzerland
NTPC Limited, Delhi, India
Oman Telecommunications Company, Muscat, Oman
Panda Restaurant Group, Rosemead, California
Persistent Systems, Pune, India
Plante Moran, Southfield, Michigan
Saudi Aramco, Training and Development, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Sutter Health, Sacramento, California
UL, Northbrook, Illinois
Verizon, New York, New York
WNS Global Services, Mumbai, India
YRC Worldwide Companies, Overland Park, Kansas

Twenty-five companies on this list have been BEST Award winners for three years or more:

Apple Federal Credit Union, Black Knight, Busey, Cathay Life Insurance, Cognizant, Consumers Energy, Florida Blue, Genpact, Gilbane Building Company, Hitachi Vantara, ICICI Lombard GIC, Infosys Limited, Lupin, Memorial Health System, Navy Federal Credit Union, Nemours Children's Health System, North Highland, NTPC, Persistent Systems, Rapid7, UL, University Health System, Valvoline Instant Oil Change, Verizon, and Walmart.

More information about the 2020 BEST Award winners may be found in the special best practices July issue of TD magazine. Details about the 2021 program will be available in August 2020.

About ATD

The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is the world’s largest professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees, improve performance, and help to achieve results for the organizations they serve. Originally established in 1943, the association was previously known as the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD). ATD’s members come from more than 120 countries and work in public and private organizations in every industry sector. ATD supports talent development professionals who gather locally in volunteer-led U.S. chapters and international member networks, and with international strategic partners. For more information, visit

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