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THRIVENT FINANCIAL NAMED AS A 2014 WORLD'S MOST ETHICAL COMPANY BY THE ETHISPHERE INSTITUTE FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR

UPublish story by Julie Sievers

Copley, OH – March 20, 2014 – Thrivent Financial announced today that it has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, an independent center of research promoting best practices in corporate ethics and governance, as a 2014 World’s Most Ethical Company®.

This is the third time that Thrivent has been honored with this award, which recognizes organizations that continue to raise the bar on ethical leadership and corporate behavior. Thrivent is one of only five companies in the financial services industry honored this year.

“As a membership organization of Christians, we strive to conduct our organization with highest ethical standards,” says Teresa Rasmussen, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for Thrivent Financial. “This award acknowledges that commitment, and we are proud to again be named to this prestigious list.”

“The entire community of World’s Most Ethical Companies believe that customers, employees, investors and regulators place a high premium on trust and that ethics and good governance are key in earning it,” said Ethisphere’s Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich. “Thrivent joins an exclusive community committed to driving performance through leading business practices. We congratulate everyone at Thrivent for this extraordinary achievement.”

The World's Most Ethical Company assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient™ framework. The Ethics Quotient framework has been developed over years of effort to provide a means to assess an organization’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way. The information collected provides a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria of core competencies, rather than all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics. The Ethics Quotient framework and methodology was determined, vetted and refined by the expert advice and insights gleaned from Ethisphere’s network of thought leaders and from the World’s Most Ethical Company Methodology Advisory Panel.

Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (25%), reputation, leadership and innovation (20%), governance (10%), corporate citizenship and responsibility (25%) and culture of ethics (20%).

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The full list of the 2014 World's Most Ethical Companies can be found at http://ethisphere.com/worlds-most-ethical/wme-honorees/.

Thrivent Financial is represented in the Akron area by the Cuyahoga Valley Group, which includes Brian and Stephanie McCarty, CFP®, 202 Montrose West Ave, Suite 320, Copley, OH 44321. (330)668-4720

About Thrivent Financial

Thrivent Financial is a financial services organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously. The organization offers a broad range of products and services along with guidance from financial representatives nationwide. For more than a century it has helped its nearly 2.4 million member-owners make wise money choices that reflect their values. Thrivent also provides opportunities for members to be even more generous where they live, work and worship. For more information, visit http://www.thrivent.com/why. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Thrivent Financial is the marketing name of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Appleton, Wis

For additional important disclosure information, please visit Thrivent.com/disclosures.

About the Ethisphere Institute

The Ethisphere® Institute is an independent center of research, best practices and thought leadership that promotes best practices in corporate ethics and governance and enables organizations to improve compliance, mitigate risk, and enhance relationships with employees, business partners, investors and the broad regulatory community. Ethisphere evaluates and benchmarks compliance and governance programs, honors superior achievement through its World’s Most Ethical Companies® recognition program and publishes Ethisphere Magazine. Ethisphere is also the leading provider of independent verification of corporate ethics and compliance programs that include: Ethics Inside® Certification, Compliance Leader Verification™ and Anti-Corruption Program Verification™. More information about Ethisphere can be found at: www.ethisphere.com.

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