Wisconsin companies among ‘Most Ethical’

Five Wisconsin-based corporations are among the 2014 Ethisphere Institute’s World’s Most Ethical Companies.

The Wisconsin companies on the list are Milwaukee-based Rockwell Automation Inc., Milwaukee-based ManpowerGroup, Glendale-based Johnson Controls Inc., Madison-based Wisconsin Physicians Service (WPS) Insurance Corp. and Madison-based CUNA Mutual Group.

The awards recognize organizations that continue to raise the bar on ethical leadership and corporate behavior. The Ethisphere Institute is an independent center of research promoting best practices in corporate ethics and governance. According to the organization, the World’s Most Ethical Company honorees understand the correlation between ethics, reputation and business success. 

The World’s Most Ethical Company assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient framework. Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (25 percent), reputation, leadership and innovation (20 percent), governance (10 percent), corporate citizenship and responsibility (25 percent) and culture of ethics (20 percent). 

“The entire community of World’s Most Ethical Companies believe that customers, employees, investors and regulators place a high premium on trust and that ethics and good governance are key in earning it,” said Ethisphere chief executive officer Timothy Erblich. 

“ManpowerGroup employees take great pride in the fact that our business excels because we connect unique people from all walks of life with sustainable livelihoods,” said Jeffrey Joerres, ManpowerGroup chairman and chief executive officer. “Our employees know the success we achieve in our business is based on how others experience our company in day-to-day business interactions, and they take responsibility for conducting themselves in a way that is consistent with our values.” 

“Rockwell Automation’s culture of integrity is reflected in the choices we make, and I am proud of our employees who consistently do the right things, the right way, every day,” said Keith Nosbusch, Rockwell Automation chairman and CEO. “Our commitment to integrity, reflected in how we engage our employees, partners and customers, is the cornerstone of delivering sustained business value.” 

“Johnson Controls is pleased to be named one of the world’s most ethical companies,” said Jerry Okarma, vice president, secretary and general counsel for Johnson Controls. “This recognition is a tribute to our 170,000 employees around the world, who embrace and demonstrate our values and high standards on integrity and ethics every day.”

“CUNA Mutual Group is committed to doing the right thing for our customers, employees and the communities in which we work,” said Steve Koslow, senior vice president, chief ethics and compliance officer, CUNA Mutual Group. “Building a strong culture of ethics, compliance practices and corporate social responsibility is the way we do business. We will continue to make certain our business decisions are always made in the best interests of our customers, employees, communities and the environment.”

“WPS prides itself on always having high ethical standards,” said Jane Keller-Allen, WPS vice president of Internal Audit, Compliance and Risk. “We believe our employees, customers, government officials, partners, and our communities respect and trust us to always do the right thing. I am proud that we have received this award for five years in a row.”

The full list of the 2014 World’s Most Ethical Companies can be found at http://ethisphere.com/worlds-most-ethical/wme-honorees/.

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