Most Ethical Companies 2012 – 100+ Co.’s with a Conscience

by InvestorPlace Staff | March 21, 2012 9:45 am

Ethisphere has completed its 2012 ranking of the World’s Most Ethical Companies list[1]. Highlights include Starbucks (NASDSAQ:SBUX[2]) and General Electric (NYSE:GE[3]) among the 23 companies that have been named for six years running since Ethisphere first launched the rankings, and the elimination of General Mills (NYSE:GIS[4]) are among the from the list.

New additions include Intel (NASDAQ:INTC[5]), Hasbro (NYSE:HAS[6]), Kimberly-Clark (NYSE:KMB[7]), L’Oreal (PINK:LRLCF[8]), Honeywell (NYSE:HON[9]), Time Warner (NYSE:TWX[10]), Alcoa (NYSE:AA[11]), CostCo (NYSE:COST[12]) and Kellogg’s (NYSE:K[13]), among others.

The 2012 list includes a record 145 companies, up from 110 in 2011. Also of note is that this year 43 of the companies listed are from outside the U.S.

Here’s what Ethisphere has to say about the list:

Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies ranking provides companies a chance to be recognized for their efforts in ethics and compliance. The winners of the World’s Most Ethical Companies are the standouts. Each of these companies will have materially higher scores versus their competitors. They are the companies who force other companies to follow their leadership or fall behind. These are the companies who use ethical leadership as a profit driver. And each of these companies embody the true spirit of Ethisphere’s credo, ‘Good. Smart. Business. Profit.’

Ethisphere’s full list of World’s Most Ethical companies 2012 is:

Aerospace And Defense
Rockwell Collins     USA
The Aerospace Corporation     USA
Agriculture
Ethical Fruit Company Ltd     UK
Apparel     
Comme Il Faut     Israel
Gap Inc     USA
Patagonia     USA
Timberland     USA
Automotive
Cummins Inc.     USA
Ford Motor Company     USA
Johnson Controls, Inc.     USA
Banking
National Australia Bank     Australia
Old National Bank     USA
Rabobank     Netherlands
Standard Chartered Bank     UK
Westpac Group     Australia
Business Services
Accenture     Ireland
Dun & Bradstreet     USA
Noblis     USA
Paychex, Inc.     USA
William E. Connor & Associates Ltd.     Hong Kong
Chemicals
Ecolab, Inc.     USA
The Mosaic Company     USA
Pantheon Enterprises     USA
Computer Hardware
Hitachi Data Systems     USA
Intel Corporation     USA
Computer Software
Adobe Systems     USA
Microsoft     USA
Salesforce.com     USA
Symantec Corporation     USA
Teradata Corporation     USA
Wipro Ltd     India
Construction
CRH plc     Ireland
Granite Construction Inc     USA
Consumer Electronics
Electrolux     Sweden
Ricoh     Japan
Texas Instruments     USA
Xerox Corporation     USA
Consumer Products
Colgate-Palmolive Company     USA
Hasbro, Inc.     USA
Henkel AG & Co. KGaA     Germany
Kao Corporation     Japan
Kimberly-Clark Corporation     USA
Diversified Industries
General Electric Co.     USA
E-commerce
eBay Inc.     USA
Electronics
Applied Materials, Inc.     USA
Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.     USA
Premier Farnell plc     UK
Rockwell Automation     USA
Energy And Utilites: Natural Gas
Encana Corporation     Canada
NiSource Inc.     USA
Sempra Energy     USA
Spectra Energy Corp     USA
Energy And Utilities: Electric
EDP Energias de Portugal     Portugal
ENMAX Corporation     Canada
National Grid     UK/USA
Energy And Utilities: Wind
Vestas Wind     Denmark
Energy And Utlities: Water
Northumbrian Water Group     UK
Energy: Oil
Alyeska Pipeline Service Company     USA
Statoil     Norway
Engineering And Design
AECOM Technology Corp     USA
CH2M HILL     USA
Fluor Corporation     USA
Parsons Corporation     USA
Environmental Services
Waste Management     USA
Financial Services
American Express     USA
NYSE Euronext     USA/Netherlands
The Hartford Financial Services Group     USA
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans     USA
TSYS     USA
Food And Beverage
Kellogg Company     USA
PepsiCo     USA
Solae, LLC     USA
Stonyfield     USA
Food Service
Aramark     USA
Forestry, Paper And Packaging
International Paper     USA
SCA     Sweden
Stora Enso     Finland
Weyerhaeuser Company     USA
Health And Beauty
L’ORÉAL     France
Natura Cosmeticos     Brazil
Shiseido Co     Japan
Healthcare Services
Baptist Health South Florida     USA
Hospital Corporation of America     USA
Novation     USA
Premier Inc     USA
University Hospitals     USA
Industrial Manufacturing
Deere & Company     USA
Eaton Corporation     USA
Honeywell International Inc.     USA
Kennametal Inc.     USA
Milliken & Company     USA
Schneider Electric     France
The Timken Company     USA
Insurance: Brokerage
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.     USA
Insurance: Health
Aflac Inc.     USA
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina     USA
Blue Shield of California     USA
Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation     USA
Insurance: Property And Casualty
Sompo Japan Insurance Inc.     Japan
The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies     USA
Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc.     Japan
Insurance: Reinsurance
Swiss Re     Switzerland
Leisure And Hospitality
Holland America Line     USA
Kimpton Hotels     USA
Marriott International, Inc.     USA
The Rezidor Hotel Group     Belgium
Seabourn     USA
Media     
Thomson Reuters     US/UK
Time Warner Inc.     USA
Medical Devices
Becton Dickinson     USA
Coloplast     Denmark
Henry Schein, Inc.     USA
Royal Philips     Netherlands
Metals And Mining
Alcoa     USA
Tata Steel Ltd     India
Umicore     Belgium
Pharmaceuticals And Biotechnology
Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation     USA
Professional, Scientific And Technical Services
Concurrent Technologies Corporation     USA
SRA International, Inc.     USA
Real Estate
British Land plc     UK
Jones Lang LaSalle Inc     USA
Realogy Corporation     USA
Restaurants And Cafes
Starbucks Coffee Company     USA
Retail- Food Stores
Kesko     Finland
Safeway Inc.     USA
SONAE     Portugal
The Co-operative Group     UK
Wegmans     USA
Whole Foods Market, Inc.     USA
Retail-general
Costco     USA
Marks and Spencer     UK
Target     USA
Retail-specialty
Best Buy Co., Inc.     USA
OfficeMax     USA
Petco     USA
Ten Thousand Villages     USA
Staffing Services
ManpowerGroup     USA
Telecommunications Equipment
Cisco Systems     USA
Juniper Networks     USA
Telecommunications Services
Portugal Telecom     Portugal
SingTel     Singapore
T-Mobile USA, Inc.     USA
Transportation And Logistics
Nippon Yusen Kabushi Kaisha     Japan
Panama Canal Authority     Panama
UPS     USA

Endnotes:
  1. World’s Most Ethical Companies list: http://ethisphere.com/worlds-most-ethical-companies-rankings/
  2. SBUX: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=SBUX
  3. GE: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GE
  4. GIS: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GIS
  5. INTC: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=INTC
  6. HAS: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=HAS
  7. KMB: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=KMB
  8. LRLCF: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=LRLCF
  9. HON: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=HON
  10. TWX: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=TWX
  11. AA: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AA
  12. COST: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=COST
  13. K: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=K

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