Are You One of the World’s Most Ethical Companies?

GAIN THE RECOGNITION YOU DESERVE

Are You One of the World’s Most Ethical Companies?

GAIN THE RECOGNITION YOU DESERVE

ABOUT THE WORLD’S MOST ETHICAL COMPANIES

Strong Ethics is Good Business

It builds a healthy culture, attracts better talent, and bolsters the bottom line. For 16 years, recognition as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies has signified that your organization has a measurably exceptional ethics and compliance program and leadership team.

The World’s Most Ethical Companies historically outperform their peers and competitors financially, demonstrating a tangible ROI for doing the right thing. The connection between good ethical practices and financial performance, called the Ethics Premium, has been tracked for years.

The World’s Most Ethical Companies Journey

The Ethisphere Ethics Quotient®

Governance

Leadership and Reputation

Ethics and Compliance

Culture of Ethics

ESG

Becoming a World’s Most Ethical Companies honoree is contingent upon qualitative and quantitative aspects of your organization across five core categories, and the benefits of going through the application process alone cannot be understated.

The World’s Most Ethical Companies application process uses a comprehensive benchmark and assessment of your governance, leadership and reputation, ethics and compliance program, culture of ethics, and environmental and societal impact to determine an objective rating of your organization and how it stacks up against your peers.

The World’s Most Ethical Companies Journey

Becoming a World’s Most Ethical Companies honoree is contingent upon qualitative and quantitative aspects of your organization across five core categories, and the benefits of going through the application process alone cannot be understated.

The World’s Most Ethical Companies application process uses a comprehensive benchmark and assessment of your governance, leadership and reputation, ethics and compliance program, culture of ethics, and environmental and societal impact to determine an objective rating of your organization and how it stacks up against your peers.

The Ethisphere Ethics Quotient®

Meet the 2021 World’s Most Ethical Companies

We are proud to celebrate the programs and initiatives of these global changemakers:

Frequently Asked Questions

The 2022 announcement will mark the sixteenth year we have honored companies with this designation.

Applicants are evaluated based on their (i) Ethics and Compliance Program, (ii) Culture of Ethics, (iii) Corporate Citizenship and Responsibility, (iv) Governance, and (v) Leadership and Reputation. Each category is evaluated through a combination of answers to our Ethics Quotient® (EQ) questionnaire, submitted supplemental documentation, and where necessary, independent research and follow up with a candidate. A company’s final Ethics Quotient (EQ) score is evaluated relative to those of its peers within the context of its structure, size and operating environment. Those companies demonstrating the strongest application across our methodology receive the designation of being one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies.

Any company, public or private, for-profit or not-for-profit, U.S. or foreign based, is eligible to participate in the process and be considered for designation as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. That said, the Ethics Quotient questionnaire and peer group is generally designed for those companies with over $250 million in revenue. This does not mean that smaller companies cannot benefit from the process or be designated as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies, but rather that our process is not suitable for many smaller companies unless they have the type of programs in place typically seen at larger companies. Please note that while our process has broad eligibility requirements, non-profit colleges and universities, governments, governmental agencies, government majority owned companies, and NGOs are not eligible. If you have a question regarding eligibility please contact Ethisphere at [email protected].

Resource Center

RESEARCH AND REPORTS

As a community of practitioners, we publish findings and top trends from the World’s Most Ethical Companies in reports, infographics, and practical guides to help strengthen program capacity of ethics leaders worldwide.

Insights into the Practices of the 2020 World’s Most Ethical Companies

The World’s Most Ethical Companies® Approach to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG)

World’s Most Ethical Companies 2022 – Podcast

SPRING // 2021 The World’s Most Ethical Companies Issue

SPRING // 2020 The World’s Most Ethical Companies Issue

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

Our honorees are top experts and thought leaders in their fields who regularly contribute to Ethisphere Magazine and other thought leadership initiatives.

Resource Center

RESEARCH AND REPORTS

As a community of practitioners, we publish findings and top trends from the World’s Most Ethical Companies in reports, infographics, and practical guides to help strengthen program capacity of ethics leaders worldwide.

Insights into the Practices of the 2020 World’s Most Ethical Companies

The World’s Most Ethical Companies® Approach to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG)

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

Our honorees are top experts and thought leaders in their fields who regularly contribute to Ethisphere Magazine and other thought leadership initiatives.

SPRING // 2021 The World’s Most Ethical Companies Issue

SPRING // 2020 The World’s Most Ethical Companies Issue