May 7, 2018 Rhode Island – Last week, Washington Trust was named as one of Rhode Island’s Best Places to Work by Providence Business News . This marks the eighth year in a row that Washington Trust has been named to the list, which recognizes the outstanding places of employment throughout Rhode Island and Southeastern, Massachusetts. Washington Trust was named within the Enterprise Employer category of Best Places to Work; reserved for employers with 500 or more employees in the region. The selection of the Bank was based on its workplace policies and practices, as well as a survey of its employees regarding life at Washington Trust – work environment, morale, benefits, and growth opportunities. To compile the list, 52 companies were judged based on confidential surveys of employees and management reports compiled by the Best Companies Group. “We are thrilled to be recognized as an employer of choice in Rhode Island - a distinction we celebrate with our employees,” said Edward O. Handy III, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Washington Trust. “The fact that this is our eighth year in a row as one of the State’s ‘best’ employers is a testament to the hard work and consistency of our team, and our dedication to them as a Company.” Washington Trust will be recognized at an awards ceremony on June 14th. For more information on the Best Places to Work in Rhode Island program, visit www.BestPlacesToWorkRI.com . ABOUT WASHINGTON TRUST Founded in 1800, Washington Trust is the oldest community bank in the nation and one of the Northeast’s premier financial services companies. Washington Trust offers a full range of financial services, including commercial banking, mortgage banking, personal banking and wealth management and trust services through its offices located in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The Washington Trust Company is a subsidiary of Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc., (NASDAQ: WASH). Additional information on Washington Trust and its subsidiaries can be found at https://www.washtrust.com/.