2007 Fortune ``100 Best Companies to Work For'' Delivers Great Returns, Finds Deloitte & Touche USA LLP

NEW YORK--()--In a study of the 2007 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list, Deloitte & Touche USA LLP (Deloitte & Touche USA), one of the nation's leading providers of professional services, found that companies on the list outperformed the S&P 500 in total shareholder value return over a 10-year period, 18.9 percent to 8.4 percent.

You can make the connection that if the companies on the list are making smart investments in their people, then they are also making smart investments in other areas of their business, according to Bob Dalton, a principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP and a leader of the firms shareholder value initiative.

Deloitte & Touche USAs analysis found that the 100 Best Companies to Work For (Best Companies) consistently and significantly beat the S&P 500 over three-, five-, and 10-year periods:

                         1 year     3 years      5 years      10 years
Average - Best Companies 15.0%      18.1%        15.7%        18.9%
S&P 500                  15.8%      10.5%        6.2%         8.4%

While the Best Companies did not outperform the S&P last year, 2006 was an exceptionally strong year for the S&P, and long-term comparisons are more appropriate because they eliminate short-term volatility in the market, according to Dalton.

As a result, companies that invest in their people not only benefit the employees, but the shareholders as well.

For companies to truly create shareholder value, they must connect an individual employees actions with what drives value, said Dalton. We believe linking rewards and recognition to measures that are aligned to the companys strategy is a critical results factor.

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Contacts

Deloitte & Touche USA LLP
John La Place, 212-492-4267
National Public Relations
jlaplace@deloitte.com
OR
MRA
Rob Conrad, 315-233-3000 or 315-391-4118
robc@mragroup.com

Contacts

Deloitte & Touche USA LLP
John La Place, 212-492-4267
National Public Relations
jlaplace@deloitte.com
OR
MRA
Rob Conrad, 315-233-3000 or 315-391-4118
robc@mragroup.com