Any company, public or private, for-profit or not-for-profit, U.S. or foreign-based, is eligible to participate in the EQ process and to be considered for designation as a World’s Most Ethical Company. However, as our database and methodology have evolved, we have come to the conclusion that we cannot sufficiently evaluate non-profit colleges and universities, governments, governmental agencies, and NGOs
. Therefore, beginning with the 2017 process, organizations in these categories will not be considered
for the World’s Most Ethical Company honor.
We encourage wide participation regardless of whether a company thinks that it will be honored. All companies that submit a survey will receive an analysis that provides their overall Ethics Quotient and how their responses to each of the five categories and to key questions compares to those who are eventually named as honorees. The value in participating is in learning not only how your company compares to the honorees, but in better understanding what’s trending in leading companies and more about their best practices.