ANSYS Named To CRO’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens List

SOUTHPOINTE, Pa.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—March 25, 2009— ANSYS, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANSS), a global innovator of simulation software and technologies designed to optimize product development processes, today announced that it has been named one of the “100 Best Corporate Citizens®” by CRO (Corporate Responsibility Officer). The 2009 ranking analyzes the efforts of companies on the Russell 1000® index in bringing shareholders more value and making employees proud. ANSYS was one of only two engineering simulation organizations that made the list.

“Today’s business climate demands that organizations be accountable for their actions, that they be more ethical in their practices — and in areas beyond just financial. This award honors ANSYS for its excellence and integrity. The Company has made, and more importantly kept, a commitment to improve and enrich life in the locales where we reside and work. We’re also proud to be associated with a technology that enables other companies to be better corporate citizens by using engineering simulation to make product designs more environmentally friendly,” said Jim Cashman, president and CEO of ANSYS, Inc.

The 100 Best Corporate Citizens list was researched and compiled by IW Financial, a research and consulting firm in environment, social and governance issues, based solely on publicly available data such as company financial disclosures, sustainability/environment/citizenship reports, websites, EPA databases, and other sources. It was edited by CRO, which is committed to advancing the state of corporate responsibility, rewarding companies with high levels of public disclosure and transparency.

The list analyzed organizations in seven categories: financial, employee relations, governance, philanthropy, human rights, environment and climate change. ANSYS scored particularly well in the employee relations and financial categories.

According to the CRO, over the past nine years, companies on the 100 Best Corporate Citizens List have outpaced the remainder of Russell 1000 companies by an average of 26 percent (three-year total return). The 100 Best Corporate Citizens list is regarded as the third most influential corporate ranking, behind Fortune magazine’s “Most Admired Companies” and “100 Best Companies to Work For,” according to a PRWeek/Burson-Marsteller CEO Survey.

About The CRO

CRO is the only membership media platform for corporate responsibility practitioners, and the professional service providers and non-profit influencers that serve them. The CRO publishes the 20,000-subscriber CRO Magazine and 200,000+ subscriber, bi-weekly e-newsletters, webinars, and produces the four-time-annual CRO Conferences. With over 100 members including leading companies Sara Lee, Amtrak, IBM, Citigroup, Chubb Insurance, Mattel, Intel, Dell, Pepsi, Home Depot, Starbucks, Avon, Gap, State Street, Xerox, leading providers such as Deloitte, Baker & McKenzie, SAP, Hogan & Hartson, Edelman, Manning Selvage & Lee, Grant Thornton, Golin Harris, Ketchum, Cone, LRN, Integrity Interactive, and non-profits including Stanford University, Boston College, UCLA, and Harvard. Corporate membership information can be found at

About IW Financial

IW Financial is a leading provider of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) research, consulting and portfolio management solutions for asset management firms, managed accounts sponsors, institutional investors, plan sponsors, and investment advisors. With its unique combination of investment industry expertise, unbiased research, and technology solutions, IW Financial helps industry professionals capitalize on growing investor demand by incorporating ESG factors into investment platforms, products, and portfolios, adding value to the money management process while strengthening client relationships. For more information on IW Financial visit

About ANSYS, Inc.

ANSYS, Inc., founded in 1970, develops and globally markets engineering simulation software and technologies widely used by engineers and designers across a broad spectrum of industries. The Company focuses on the development of open and flexible solutions that enable users to analyze designs directly on the desktop, providing a common platform for fast, efficient and cost-conscious product development, from design concept to final-stage testing and validation. The Company and its global network of channel partners provide sales, support and training for customers. Headquartered in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., with more than 60 strategic sales locations throughout the world, ANSYS, Inc. and its subsidiaries employ approximately 1,700 people and distribute ANSYS products through a network of channel partners in over 40 countries. Visit for more information.

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