When we announce the list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies honorees, I am always reminded of its significance.
First, it’s a rigorous process to gain this recognition – one that we hope is valuable and informative, shining a light on what’s going well, offering a way to benchmark against other companies, and learn how to continually improve.
Second, this moment offers a time to acknowledge what is behind this honor: the individuals and leaders diligently working to build a world-class program and advance an environment that is defined by integrity.
Finally, it is an affirmation of the leadership of companies in contributing to the greater good. This aligns with a broader societal imperative. Investors, such as State Street, Vanguard and others are writing to CEOs about the importance of culture; The Business Roundtable’s shift in the purpose of a corporation highlights the importance of broader stakeholders and sustainability; and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officers are increasingly taking a seat at the Board.
We will be celebrating the World’s Most Ethical Companies honorees at a Gala dinner on Tuesday, March 31 at Cipriani in New York.
At the Gala we will hear from Richard K. Davis President & CEO of Make-A-Wish, an organization dedicated to granting life-changing wishes to children diagnosed with critical illnesses. Their work is a game changer for so many families and the impact is undeniable. This year Ethisphere partnered with Make-A-Wish to support the inspirational work that they do.
Employees and communities are putting their greatest trust in companies today – to do the right thing and lead the way with integrity.
Congratulations once again to the 2020 World’s Most Ethical Companies.