PPD Recognized for Innovative Employee Benefits Programs

Company noted among top U.S. adoption-friendly workplaces

10 Nov. 2014


WILMINGTON, N.C. (November 10, 2014) – Pharmaceutical Product Development, LLC (PPD) today announced it has been named to the 2014 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces List by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. For the second consecutive year, and third time in four years, PPD made the list honoring the top 100 U.S. companies that support families seeking to adopt.

The annual list helps increase awareness about foster care adoption, while celebrating businesses that support adoptive families. Rankings are determined by an analysis of a company’s resources available for employees who adopt children. PPD’s benefits include paid leave and reimbursement toward expenses incurred during the adoption process.

“Employees are the foundation of PPD’s success,” said Ed Murray, executive vice president and chief human resources officer for PPD. “The company believes strongly in supporting work-life balance for employees and their families. Assisting families who seek adoption is one way PPD helps make a difference in the lives of employees and their children. We are honored to earn this prestigious recognition.”

Adoption assistance is part of PPD’s comprehensive benefits and resources that support its commitment to employee health and wellness. The company continually evaluates and implements innovative programs that meet the work-life balance needs of employees.

“We are incredibly excited and grateful to see a growing number of employers across the country provide adoption benefits for employees,” said Rita Soronen, president and chief executive officer of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. “Adoption, and in particular adoption from foster care, is an important and increasingly common path to parenthood; we commend all of the employers across the country who recognize the importance of providing benefits to employees looking to expand their families through adoption.”

Created by Wendy’s® founder Dave Thomas, who was adopted, the foundation is a national nonprofit public charity dedicated exclusively to finding permanent homes for the more than 134,000 children waiting in North America’s foster care systems.

About PPD

PPD is a leading global contract research organization providing drug discovery, development, lifecycle management and laboratory services. Our clients and partners include pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, academic and government organizations. With offices in 46 countries and approximately 13,000 professionals worldwide, PPD applies innovative technologies, therapeutic expertise and a commitment to quality to help clients and partners accelerate the delivery of safe and effective therapeutics and maximize the returns on their R&D investments. For more information, visit


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