NEW YORK, NY - Working Mother magazine today named Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) one of the 2008 Working Mother 100 Best Companies.  From flextime and telecommuting to backup child care and parental leave, BCBSNC is expanding the concept of family-friendly benefits to ensure they cover adoptive parents and fathers as well as working mothers.
"The economy is not going to alter the commitment of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina to working mothers, because they've made family-friendly policies a part of their corporate DNA," said Carol Evans, CEO, Working Mother Media. "Supporting families is a vital part of their culture and not just an added benefit."
Added Suzanne Riss, Editor in Chief, Working Mother magazine, "BCBSNC knows that their investment pays for itself through employee loyalty and they realize that productivity depends as much on satisfied staffers as on smart processes. By helping employees manage their work/life demands, BCBSNC is creating a highly motivated workforce."
Bob Greczyn, President and CEO said, "This is a great honor for our company to be recognized for the second year in a row as one of the 100 best companies in the nation for working mothers. This ranking recognizes our strong commitment to attract and retain high quality employees by offering benefits that count.   It shows that we're listening to and responding to the needs of North Carolina's working mothers and working families."
Nearly 75% of the BCBSNC workforce is female.  Among the 3500 female employees, over 1,000 have a child, or children, at home.  The company makes a strong investment in working mothers and this year BCBSNC enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption benefits.
BCBSNC employee Natalie McQueen commented, "BCBSNC continues to demonstrate its commitment to me as an employee and 'adoptive parent.' Throughout the adoption process, BCBSNC provided tremendous support through educational programs, access to transitional daycare, flexible work schedule to help with work/life balance, and, most importantly, financial assistance to offset the cost of adoption. In addition, BCBSNC continues to be aggressive in bridging the gap between traditional maternity and adoption benefits."
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina was selected for the 2008 Working Mother 100 Best Companies based on an extensive application with more than 500 questions.  The application included detailed questions about workforce, compensation, child care, flexibility programs, leave policies and more.  It also checked the usage, availability and tracking of programs, as well as the accountability of managers who oversee them.
Seven areas were measured and scored:  workforce profile, compensation, child care, flexibility, time off and leaves, family-friendly programs, and company culture.  For this year's 100 Best, particular weight was given to family-friendly policies, flexibility, leave policies and benefits for part-timers. 
A complete list of the 2008 Working Mother 100 Best Companies can be found at
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is a leader in delivering innovative health care products, services and information to more than 3.7 million customers, including approximately 900,000 served on behalf of other Blue Plans. For 75 years, the company has served its customers by offering health insurance at a competitive price and has served the people of North Carolina through support of community organizations, programs and events that promote good health. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Access BCBSNC online at
About Working Mother Media:
Founded in 1979, Working Mother magazine reaches 2 million readers and is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers.  Its 22-year signature initiative, Working Mother 100 Best Companies, is the most important benchmark for work/life practices in corporate America.  Working Mother is published by Working Mother Media, which was founded in 2001.  Working Mother Media includes the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), Diversity Best Practices, the WorkLife Congress, the Multicultural Women's Conference and Town Halls.  Working Mother Media's mission is to champion culture change. For more information, please visit