Ethisphere Kicks Off the Inaugural Middle East Ethics and Compliance Summit in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, UAE – September 20, 2016 – Ethisphere, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, along with Parsons, kicked off the inaugural Middle East Ethics and Compliance Summit in Abu Dhabi, UAE today. The Summit provides a unique opportunity for leading executives from the regional business community to connect in the interest of advancing corporate integrity and performance.

More than 100 companies are participating including company leaders from:

  • Dubai Mercantile Exchange
  • Emirates Global Aluminium
  • Etihad Airways
  • GE
  • Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Mubadala Development Company
  • SABIC – Saudi Basic Industries Corporation
  • Saudi Aramco
  • Tata Steel India
  • The Boeing Company

“We are thrilled to be a part of the important conversation on corporate integrity in the region,” explained Timothy Erblich, Chief Executive Officer of Ethisphere. “Special recognition to Parsons and the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA) community acting as the driving force behind leading companies coming together to share best practices. It’s no accident that senior executives from more than 100 companies and organizations are investing their time and expertise to come together and collaborate in a critical jurisdiction to the world economy.”

“Ethical practices fuel business success and company reputation,” said Ty Francis, Executive Vice President and Group Publisher of Ethisphere. “This Summit will share best-in-class practices from seasoned executives with global experience.”

Chuck Harrington, CEO of Parsons Corporation added, “Leadership teams must be unwavering, transparent, and proactive with their compliance efforts, therefore, this Summit is an important way for industry to come together and share best practices. Because our executive management team leads compliance efforts from the top down, Parsons has been recognized by Ethisphere as a “World’s Most Ethical Company” for 7 consecutive years, and we look forward to being among the organizations participating in the Middle East Ethics and Compliance Summit.”

Featured speakers among the leading faculty include:

  • Chuck Harrington, Chairman and CEO of Parsons Corporation
  • Iohann Le Frapper, Vice-Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce Commission on Corporate Responsibility & Anti-Corruption
  • Alan Robertson, CEO, Middle East & North Africa of JLL
  • Noura Benfarhat, Lead Executive Counsel – Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, GE Oil & Gas
  • Clyde “Sonny” Ellis, General Counsel of Parsons Corporation
  • Gary Adams, President, Middle East Africa of Parsons Corporation
  • Shahzad Khan, Senior Executive Management, Group Head of Corporate Governance & Compliance, Mubadala Development Company

The Summit will address topics such as anti-corruption and enforcement, corporate governance and board engagement, conflicts of interest, third-party integrity, and building ethical company culture. In the spirit of connecting leadership to facilitate a sharing of best practices on company conduct throughout the Middle East and the region’s global market of influence, attendees will include C-suite leaders, General Counsels, Chief Compliance Officers and other professionals representing a spectrum of regional and global companies.

In addition to Parsons Corporation, Summit sponsors include Boeing, Convercent, CRI Group, FTI Consulting, JLL, Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, and the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council. For more information, visit

Finally, Ethisphere will host the 9th Annual Global Ethics Summit in New York on March 15 & 16, 2017. For more information, visit

About Ethisphere

The Ethisphere® Institute is the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices that fuel corporate character, marketplace trust and business success. Ethisphere has deep expertise in measuring and defining core ethics standards using data-driven insights that help companies enhance corporate character. Ethisphere honors superior achievement through its World’s Most Ethical Companies® recognition program, provides a community of industry experts with the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA) and showcases trends and best practices in ethics with the Ethisphere Magazine. Ethisphere is also the leading provider of independent verification of corporate ethics and compliance programs that include: Ethics Inside® Certification and Compliance Leader Verification™. More information about Ethisphere can be found at: Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn. 

About Parsons

Parsons, celebrating more than 70 years of growth in the engineering, construction, technical, and professional services industries, is a leader in many diversified markets with a focus on infrastructure, industrial, federal, and construction. Parsons delivers design/design-build, program/construction management, and other professional services packaged in innovative alternative delivery methods to federal, regional, and local government agencies, as well as to private industrial customers worldwide. For more about Parsons, please visit, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.


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Ethisphere Announces the 2017 Ethics Quotient® Survey and World’s Most Ethical Companies® Program

Companies Cite Multiple Advantages by Participating in the Process, Regardless of Program Maturity

New York, NY – September 8, 2016– Ethisphere, the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, announced today the kick-off of the 2017 World’s Most Ethical Companies program. The program, now entering its eleventh year, is designed to recognize organizations that understand the value that permeates throughout an entire community of employees, customers, investors and the public at large when words about ethics, compliance and good governance are translated into action.

Compare Leading Practices and Outcomes
Recent statements by the U.S. Department of Justice indicate that there is an increased expectation that the right data will not only be gathered as part of effective programs but also that the data will be measured and monitored. Those who participate in the Ethisphere process obtain their scores relative to those eventually honored, as well as an independent and confidential scorecard that highlights areas of both strength and weakness. And because comparisons are provided against similar companies and industries, data is far more relevant and actionable.

As part of its mission to promote ethical corporate behavior and help companies move their programs forward, Ethisphere has analyzed aggregate data from 2016 and published three infographics that compare World’s Most Ethical Company honorees to others and identifies developing trends for leading companies. “Actionable Insights from the 2016 World’s Most Ethical Companies” offers a clear view into how leading companies address their ethics, compliance and governance challenges and demonstrates for all companies how they would benefit by participating in this confidential process, whether or not the outcome is the World’s Most Ethical Company designation. The infographics can be downloaded here.

Additionally, Ethisphere’s longstanding belief that there is a correlation between ‘ethics’ and ‘the bottom line’ has been confirmed in a recent independent analysis. When publicly-traded companies named as 2016 World’s Most Ethical Companies are compared to the S&P 500 over the 2015 calendar year, World’s Most Ethical Companies demonstrated an ethics premium of 3.3% (see the comparison).

Insights into the Process and How Companies Gain by Participating
Ethisphere will host a webcast for those interested in learning more about the EQ and World’s Most Ethical Company process, the methodology behind the EQ and why participating in the process provides meaningful feedback to companies. This webcast is scheduled for Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 1:00 PM ET. Raphael Richmond, Global Director, Corporate Compliance, Ford Motor Company, is the guest speaker. Register here.

“Each year the bar is raised a bit higher and we respond by evolving our programs along with the survey,” explained Tom Tropp, Corporate Vice President Ethics & Sustainability, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

“There is great value in participating in this process whether or not the company is eventually named as a World’s Most Ethical Company,” said Katherine A. Lawler, Senior Vice President, Inclusion and Employee Relations, U.S. Bank. She added, “For example, the process provides a holistic assessment of where we stand in our program, we can compare ourselves against a gold standard of leading companies both in the US and in our industry and we become aware of areas that we can change or enhance. Additionally, by pulling our internal team together to work on the project, we forge and deepen relationships that allow us to mature our program going forward.”

Timeline and Results
Companies wishing to participate complete a brief form naming who should receive a custom link to the EQ. The completed survey along with documentation supporting the self-reported answers is due to Ethisphere before December 1, 2016. Ethisphere analysts score the surveys and conduct needed legal and reputational reviews.

In April, 2017, all participants receive a scorecard comparing their overall EQ and scores on a set of key questions and 5 categories to those of the honorees. Honorees will be announced on March 13, 2017 and celebrated at a gala dinner in New York City on March 14, 2017.

To start the process, visit:

More information is available at

About Ethisphere
The Ethisphere® Institute is the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices that fuel corporate character, marketplace trust and business success. Ethisphere has deep expertise in measuring and defining core ethics standards using data-driven insights that help companies enhance corporate character. More information about Ethisphere can be found at:


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