Microsoft has been included in the World’s Most Ethical Companies list for the 4th year running. The survey was carried out by the Ethisphere Institute, an independent center of research promoting best practices in corporate ethics and compliance. The World’s Most Ethical Company award recognizes Leading Companies that Place Ethical Business Practices and Standards as a Central Element of their Growth and Performance Objectives.
Microsoft was awarded under the “COMPUTER SOFTWARE” category along with Adobe Systems, Symantec, Terdata Corportation, Wipro Limited and salesforce.com, inc. Microsoft’s competitor, Google, also made it to the list under “COMPUTER SERVICES” category. The lists included 144 honorees representing 41 industries and had 21 first-time honorees. Interestingly, the list was mostly dominated by the companies from the US.
Talking on the recognition, Dan Bross, Senior Director, Corporate Citizenship, Microsoft, mentioned on the blog,
Ethical and responsible business practices are the bedrock of our corporate governance practices. These practices are designed to promote the interests of shareholders, maintain checks and balances, strengthen accountability and foster responsible decision making.
Dan further quoted,
We work diligently to meet our responsibility to serve the needs of the communities in which we live and work, and to manage our business with the utmost integrity. At Microsoft, we are committed to applying our technology, ingenuity and collaborative spirit to help solve critical social and environmental challenges and create fulfilling opportunities for people around the world.
The World’s Most Ethical Companies lists assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient™ framework. The Ethics Quotient framework has been developed over years of effort to provide a means to assess an organization’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way. Rather than measuring all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics, Ethisphere collects a comprehensive sampling of definitive date in core competencies.
Click here to view the full list of the 2014 World’s Most Ethical Companies.