Good Ethics is Good Business

The World’s Most Ethical Companies® program honors companies that excel in three areas – promoting ethical business standards and practices internally, enabling managers and employees to make good choices, and shaping future industry standards by introducing tomorrow’s best practices today. Honorees have historically out-performed others financially, demonstrating the connection between good ethical practices and performance that’s valued in the marketplace.

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2016 World’s Most Ethical Companies


The Framework Behind the Selection Process

Ethisphere’s Ethics Quotient® is a proprietary rating system that collects and objectively scores self-reported data in five weighted categories. Questions included in the Ethics Quotient are periodically reviewed and updated based on changing regulations, expectations and best practices. Supporting documentation is required for consideration as a World’s Most Ethical Company.

The EQ framework and methodology was determined, vetted and refined by the expert advice and insights gleaned from
Ethisphere’s network of thought leaders and from the
World’s Most Ethical Companies Methodology Advisory Panel.

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What Companies Gain from Going through the Process

Honorees explain why they participate in the process each year.

Dan Amos, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Aflac Incorporated on the process as an independent, third-party review.

Greg Vamos, Assistant General Counsel, Manager of the Office of Legal Compliance at Microsoft Corporation on the value of going through the process.

Katherine A. Lawler, SVP, Inclusion & Employee Relations, and Chief Risk Officer for Human Resources at U.S. Bank on applying at any level of program maturity.

Using the Ethics Quotient to Benchmark Your Program

A temperature check for your ethics and compliance programs, policies, and procedures utilizing the data from the Ethics Quotient.

Everyone receives a detailed analysis comparing their cumulative EQ scores, five core category scores, and responses to key questions to those honored as 2016 World’s Most Ethical Companies.

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