The National Pork Board's outstanding commitment to its employees' financial and physical wellness has earned the distinction of being one of the best.

An independent judging panel of employee benefit experts named the Pork Checkoff as one of the 2014 winners of The Principal®10 Best Companies for Employee Financial Security.           

Judges selected the National Pork Board for its commitment to employee financial security through outstanding employee benefits. Currently, the National Pork Board employs 84 professional staff and will be featured in the October issue of Inc. Magazinefor this achievement.   

"The National Pork Board and the other Principal 10 Best winners are committed to the long-term financial well-being of employees," said Luke Vandermillen, vice president at the Principal Financial Group®. "They understand that the people and culture can really make a difference in an organization. When companies like these invest so much in benefits that support their employees, people notice."

The Principal®sponsors the national program, which is now in its 13th year. It honors growing companies (five to 1,000 employees) for their commitment to their employees' financial security.

"With 84 people on staff, we are fortunate in our ability to custom design benefits that meet both immediate financial needs as well as help employees plan for their longer-term financial needs," said Jill Criss, vice president of operations and human resources. "This recognition places us squarely on the benchmark where other companies aspire to be. We owe it first and foremost to the dedication and commitment of our employees."

As part of its best practices, the National Pork Board works with LMC Financial Services and LMC Insurance to help make choices that support each employee's financial future.

Along with the award recognition, The Principal awards a donation to a charity selected by each winning company. The National Pork Board chose Feeding America to receive the $2,500 donation.

Learn more aboutThe Principal 10 Best Companies for Employee Financial Securityatwww.principal.com/10best.