Worlds Most Ethical Companies

ehtical_companies-7051184The Ethisphere Institute, a New York think tank, on Tuesday released its fifth annual ranking of the world’s most ethical large companies, expanding the ranking to a top 110.

At the heart of the evaluation and selection process for Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies is Ethisphere’s proprietary rating system, the Ethics Quotient (EQ). The framework of EQ is comprised of a series of multiple choice questions that capture a company’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way. The information collected is not intended to cover all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance or ethics, but rather it is a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria of core competencies.

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. A methodology committee of leading attorneys, professors, government officials and organization leaders, assisted Ethisphere in creating the scoring methodology for the World’s Most Ethical Companies awards.

The EQ framework consists of five core categories. The categories and associated weighting for each is defined as: Ethics and Compliance Program (30%), Reputation, Leadership and Innovation (30%), Governance (15%) and Corporate Citizenship and Responsibility (25%). Detailed read on the methodology is here

There is no set number of companies that make the list each year. Rather, the World’s Most Ethical Company designation is awarded to those companies that have leading ethics and compliance programs, particularly as compared to their industry peers. This year, there are 110 World’s Most Ethical Companies. Of these companies, 36 are new to the list in 2011 and 26 companies dropped off from the 2010 list. These “drop offs” generally occurred because of litigation and ethics violations, as well as increased competition from within their industry.

The Winners are…


Indra SistemasRockwell Collins Inc.The Aerospace Corporation


AdidasComme Il FautGapPatagoniaTimberland




CumminsDensoFord Motor CompanyJohnson Controls


Australia and New Zealand Banking GroupNational Australia BankRabobankStandard Chartered BankThe Westpac Group

Business Services

AccentureDun & BradstreetNoblis


EcolabJM Huber

Computer Hardware

Hitachi Data Systems

Computer Software

Adobe SystemsMicrosoftSalesforce.comSymantec CorporationTeradata Corporation

Construction and Engineering

CRHGranite ConstructionParsons Corporation

Consumer Electronics


Consumer Products

Colgate-Palmolive CompanyHenkel AGKao Corporation

Diversified Industries

General Electric Co.

Electronics and Semiconductors

Freescale SemiconductorPremier FarnellTexas Instruments

Energy and Utilities

EncanaStatoilNextEra Energy, Inc.Northumbrian WaterVestas WindWisconsin Energy Corporation

Engineering and Design

AECOM Technology CorporationCH2M HillFluor Corporation

Environmental Services

Waste Management

Financial Services

American ExpressHousing Development Finance CorpNYSE EuronextThe Hartford Financial Services Group

Food and Beverage

General MillsPepsiCoSolaeStonyfield Farm

Food Stores

KeskoThe Co-Operative GroupWegmansWhole Food Market

Forestry, Paper and Packaging

International PaperStora Enso OyjSvenska Cellulosa

Health and Beauty

Natura Cosmeticos

Healthcare Services

Baptist Health South FloridaHospital Corporation of AmericaPremier

Hotels, Travel and Hospitality

Kimpton HotelsMarriott InternationalThe Rezidor Hotel GroupWyndham Worldwide

Industrial Manufacturing

CaterpillarDeere & CompanyEaton CorporationMilliken & CompanySchneider Electric


Aflac IncorporatedSompo Japan InsuranceSwiss ReWisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Co.



Media, Publishing and Entertainment

Thomson Reuters

Medical Devices

Becton DickinsonRoyal Phillips



Real Estate

British Land plcJones Lang LaSalleUnibail-Rodamco

Restaurants and Cafes

Starbucks Coffee Company

Specialty Pharma


Specialty Retail

Best Buy Co.Hennes & MauritzSonaeTargetTen Thousand Villages



Telecom Hardware

Avaya Inc.Cisco SystemsJuniper Networks

Telecom Services

Singapore TelecomSwisscomT-Mobile USA

Transportation and Logistics

Autoridad del Canal de PanamaEast Japan Railway CompanyNippon Yusen Kabushi KaishaUPS

Here is the list with information on the nations the above company belongs and operating to.