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2016 World's Most Ethical Includes Baldrige Recipients

Among honorees from 21 countries, 5 continents, and 45 industries, several Baldrige Award-winning organizations (as well as other organizations on Baldrige journeys) made the Ethisphere Institute’s 2016 "The World's Most Ethical Companies" list of just over 100 organizations.

Ethisphere Institute is identified as "a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, recognizing companies that go beyond making statements about doing business 'ethically' and translate words into actions by promoting ethical business standards internally and exceeding legal compliance minimums through best practices."

Among the honorees are

Others on the list with a connection to a Baldrige Award recipient include 3M Company (3M Dental Products Division was a Baldrige Award recipient in 1997) and Hospital Corporation of America (2014 Baldrige Award recipient St. David’s HealthCare (SDH)—one of the largest hospital systems in Texas—is a unique partnership between St. David’s Foundation, Hospital Corporation of America, and Georgetown Health Foundation).

According to its website, Ethisphere uses a proprietary rating system called the corporate Ethics Quotient, which is comprised of multiple-choice questions that represent a company's ethical performance. Organizations are invited to apply, with the majority being corporate and large in size.

Within the Baldrige Excellence Framework (versions of which all of the organizations noted above had fully implemented at the time of their Baldrige Award wins), ethics is part of a Core Value and Concept present in all high-performing organizations. In addition, within Category 1 Leadership, considerations are given for how an organization fulfills its ethical responsibilities and promotes ethical behavior, and in Category 5 Workforce, considerations are offered for how workforce and leader development supports ethics and ethical business practices. Further, in item 7.4 Leadership and Governance Results, results for ethical behavior, including stakeholder trust in senior leaders and governance, and breaches of ethical behavior, are considered.

How would your organization rate among the world's most ethical?

About the author

Dawn Bailey

Dawn Bailey is a writer/editor for the Baldrige Program and involved in all aspects of communications, from leading the Baldrige Executive Fellows program to managing the direction of case studies...

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How many of the 102 Baldrige recipients applied? The statistic that would verify the effectiveness of our process to evaluate and recognize ethical behavior is the percent of ethical awards among Baldrige recipients that applied. Just these 7? That's my bet.
One doesn't need Baldrige award to be ethical. So, being ethical is a combination of legal and strong sustainable leadership will to stick to a set value base. I am impressed how sustainable some of the earliest winners have been.

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