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Every year the research-based Ethisphere Institute, an international think-tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability, publishes the World's Most Ethical Companies Ranking. Ethisphere provides the only third-party verifications of compliance programs and ethical cultures that include: Ethics Inside Certification, Compliance Leader Verification and Anti-Corruption Program Verification.
Through in-depth research and a multi-step analysis, Ethisphere reviewed nominations from companies in more than 100 countries and 36 industries. The methodology for the World’s Most Ethical Companies includes reviewing codes of ethics, litigation and regulatory infraction histories; evaluating the investment in innovation and sustainable business practices; looking at activities designed to improve corporate citizenship; and studying nominations from senior executives, industry peers, suppliers and customers.
“Not only did more companies apply for the World's Most Ethical Companies recognition this year than any year in the past, but we are also seeing more companies be proactive and create new initiatives that expand ethics programs and cultures across entire industries”, said Alex Brigham, Executive Director of Ethisphere. “We are excited to see the 2013 World's Most Ethical Companies take these leadership positions, and embrace the correlation between ethical behaviour and improved financial performance.”
The Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the fastest growing hotel companies worldwide and a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, remains one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies: The US-think tank Ethisphere has awarded Rezidor for the fourth consecutive year for real and sustained ethical leadership.
“We are extremely proud that we have been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies since 2010. Receiving this award for the fourth year in a row underlines our long term commitment to Responsible Business. A strong ethics programme is a key component to a successful business model, and we continue to scrutinize our ethical standards to keep up with an ever-changing regulatory environment”, said Wolfgang M. Neumann, President & CEO of Rezidor.
Marriott International has been also been named one of the 2013 World's Most Ethical Companies, for the sixth consecutive year.
"Operating our business with integrity has been a pillar of our culture since Marriott's founding more than 85 years ago," said Ed Ryan, Marriott International's Executive Vice President and General Counsel. "We are proud of this recognition and remain committed to constantly evaluating our efforts and looking for new ways to ensure our worldwide business operations are conducted in an ethical and socially responsible manner."
Out of a record number of nominations for the award, American Express has also secured a spot on the list by implementing business practices and initiatives that raise the bar for ethical standards within the industry.
More information on the Ethisphere Institute, including ranking projects and membership, can be found at www.ethisphere.com.