Area companies named among most ethical in the world

Among the world’s most ethical companies are a handful of companies anchored in southeastern Wisconsin.

Leading ethical companies include Glendale-based Johnson Controls Inc.; Milwaukee-based ManpowerGroup; and Milwaukee-based Rockwell Automation Inc.

The companies were named to the 2015 list of the world’s most ethical companies, compiled by the Ethisphere Institute, which is a research center that studies and advocates best practices in corporate ethics and compliance.

Through the list of most ethical companies, the institute celebrates those that place priority on ethical business standards and practices. Designated companies also “exceed legal compliance minimums and shape future industry standards by introducing best practices today,” as the institute states on its website.

Honorees are selected after undergoing a comprehensive evaluation based on the Ethisphere Institute’s rating system, known as the corporate Ethics Quotient. The system scores companies in ethics and compliance, corporate citizenship and responsibility, culture of ethics and government. Companies are also analyzed in leadership, innovation and reputation.

The rating system and the annual list is overseen by The World’s Most Ethical Companies Methodology Advisory Panel, composed of leaders from a spectrum of industries who value ethical business practices.  

The Ethisphere Institute has been developing an international list of top ethical companies for the past nine years. This year’s list features 132 companies located across 21 countries and five continents. Companies belong to more than 50 industries.

This year’s list also includes 15 nine-time company awardees and 11 first-time winners.

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