O.C. Tanner: our company at a glance

O.C. Tanner develops employee recognition strategies and rewards programs that help companies appreciate people who do great work.

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  • Founded in 1927, privately held
  • 1982, established in Canada
  • Headquarters in Burlington, Ontario Canada; Salt Lake City, Utah USA; Loughton, Essex UK
  • 8,000 clients in 129 countries
  • Serving 34 Fortune 100 companies including Abbott, American Express, Bank of America, Caterpillar Inc., Chevron. See more.
  • 1,674 employees hailing from 56 countries of national origin
  • Award partnerships with over 400 brands
  • 1.6 million branded symbolic awards every year
  • 16,000 selections in our award collection; on time delivery 99%


“We help organizations appreciate people who do great work. Because celebrating great work inspires people to invent, to create, to discover. And when people are inspired, companies grow.”


We will lead the recognition industry in researching and sharing insights around the universal human need to create value and be appreciated. We will apply these insights and serve our clients in ways that grow their people, their brands and their bottom lines by aligning multiple programs into strategic global appreciation solutions tailored to their individual cultures.


  • First-to-market with online recognition programs, beginning with Apple in 1995
  • First-to-market with on-boarding recognition strategies
  • Developed the largest, most technologically advanced global client relations team and the industry’s first international support team available 24/7
  • Published The Carrot Principle, one of the most widely-read series of recognition books in the world (over 1 million copies sold worldwide in 20 languages)
  • Conducted one of the largest global recognition/engagement studies of its kind in partnership with Towers Watson
  • Developed the industry’s first leadership recognition training team
  • Founders of the annual Executive Recognition Summit attended by senior executives around the world to share industry best practices and recognition breakthroughs
  • The Tanner Lectures on Human Values, an endowed lectureship at Oxford, Cambridge, Princeton, Harvard, Stanford, Yale and the Universities of Utah, Michigan and California, was established by Obert C. Tanner to “contribute to the intellectual and moral life of mankind.”


World Headquarters
1930 S. State Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
United States of America

Canadian Headquarters
4200 Fairview Street
Burlington, Ontario L7L4Y8
FAX (905) 639-7027

European Headquarters
6A Imprimo Park,
Lenthall Road
Essex IG10 3UF
+44 (0) 2084 187400
FAX +44 20 8418 7401


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