Ethisphere and ACC Foundation to Launch Joint DEI Maturity Assessment

As diversity, equity, and inclusion becomes an increasingly important aspect of the larger Environmental Social, and Governance (ESG) movement, Ethisphere and ACC Foundation are delivering a unique resource for in-house counsel to assess maturity of their own DEI programs, and to define steps for improvement.

Scottsdale, AZ, March 30, 2022 – Ethisphere, the global leader in advancing ethical business practices, has partnered with the Association of Corporate Counsel’s foundation to integrate its diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) maturity model into Ethisphere’s assessment platform. The solution will offer an efficient way for legal teams to understand where they currently stand with DEI, benchmark against peers, and leverage resources and guidance to map improvements.

Ethisphere Maturity Assessments deliver various assessments, advice, reporting, benchmarking, and other proprietary tools to help companies embed a cycle of measurement and improvement into areas of key corporate risk, such as compliance and social and governance programs. This collaboration with ACC Foundation — and in particular, the measurement of diversity, equity, and inclusion, aligns with Ethisphere’s broader commitment to DEI, including the Ethisphere Equity and Social Justice Initiative.

ACC Foundation’s DEI Maturity Model is a qualitative descriptive model that defines what it means for a target company to be in an early, intermediate, or advanced stage of maturity across three categories and 13 sub-categories. The foundation is now working with Ethisphere to develop a quantitative maturity scale of the model using the Ethisphere Maturity Assessments platform, which will allow legal departments to easily benchmark their practices to peers and will highlight potential areas of improvement.

Access to the ACC Foundation DEI maturity assessment will be free to anyone, but ACC members and members of the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA) — an Ethisphere membership organization —will receive additional benchmarking analyses that include target scores, “red-flag” scores, and links to an advice library that includes additional observations, recommendations, and resources based on the Respondents’ maturity score.

This new assessment is scheduled to go live in late spring 2022. A session specifically devoted to the ACC Foundation DEI Maturity Model and assessment platform will be featured within the Ethisphere Solutions session series at this year’s Global Ethics Summit, Ethisphere’s annual event that showcases the best-in-class thought leadership in the ethics and compliance space. To learn more and register for the session, click here.

“Advancing DEI within your organization needs to be measurable if it is to be meaningful,” said Erica Salmon Byrne. Ethisphere President and BELA Chair. “By using the ACC Foundation’s DEI Maturity Model as the foundation for expanding our own assessment services, we are empowering organizations to set benchmarks and measure their progress against them when it comes to making a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace.”

This is a major development for organizations seeking to quantify their DEI programs — which are becoming an increasingly important component of ESG reporting. DEI initiatives have been a particular challenge for corporate counsel, who often lack the tools to effectively measure the results of their own DEI programs.

“We are delighted to partner with Ethisphere to provide this innovative framework by which organizations can efficiently and effectively elevate their DEI agendas from words to action,” said ACC CEO and Foundation President Veta T. Richardson. “The more we can do to provide leaders with simple tools to assess their DEI agendas and expand them to become repeatable, scalable action plans with real results and expectations attached to them, the more progress we will make to create a truly equitable, diverse, and inclusive business environment.”


About Ethisphere
Ethisphere® 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 and measure and improve culture. Ethisphere honors superior achievement through its World’s Most Ethical Companies recognition program and provides a community of industry experts with the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA).

About the ACC Foundation
The ACC Foundation – a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization – supports the efforts of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) to advance diversity and pro bono efforts within the in-house community. The ACC Foundation partners with corporations, law firms, legal service providers, and bar associations to assist in the furtherance of these goals.

Ethisphere Announces Global Ethics Summit Roster of Speakers Including Leaders from the DOJ, SEC, Department of Commerce, Google, Mayo Clinic, NBA, GE, Samsung, and Others

Ethisphere’s flagship event will provide ethics, compliance, and governance leaders with latest insights on emerging issues, regulatory trends, and best practices for advancing business integrity.

PHOENIX, AZ, March 28 2022 – Ethisphere, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, today announced the impressive line-up of regulators, senior ethics and compliance leaders, and experts featured at the upcoming 13th Annual Global Ethics Summit, which will take place virtually, from April 12-14, 2022.

Distinguished speakers and topics include a multi-agency perspective on investigations and enforcement from the following panelists:

  • Matthew Axelrod, Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement, Bureau of Information and Security, S. Department of Commerce
  • Andrew Gentin, Acting Chief, Corporate Enforcement, Compliance & Policy (CECP) Unit, Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section
  • Charles Cain, Chief, FCPA Unit, SEC Division of Enforcement

Additional keynotes will cover important topics, from ways to apply social and data science to people challenges; and fostering psychological safety to promote inclusion. Speakers include:

  • Andrea Jones-Rooy, Ph.D., Visiting Associate Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies, NYU Center for Data Science
  • Timothy R. Clark, Leader Factor and bestselling author of The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety: Defining the Path to Inclusion and Innovation

Additional sessions covering digital compliance, ESG, mental health, diversity, equity and inclusion, training and other topics. Presenters will include:

  • Jeannine D’Amico Lemker, Director & Associate General Counsel, Compliance Programs, Meta
  • Therese Lee, Director, Ethics & Business Integrity, Google
  • Kimberly Evans, Executive Vice President, Head of Corporate Sustainability, Inclusion and Social Impact, Northern Trust
  • Nuala O’Connor, Senior Vice President and Chief Counsel, Digital Citizenship, Walmart
  • Jon Iwata, Founding Executive Director, The Data & Trust Alliance
  • Neuman (Larry) Leverett, General Counsel, Global Service, Johnson Controls
  • Inderpreet Sawhney, Group General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, Infosys
  • Francisco Hernandez, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, DuPont

To learn more and to register, visit

The Global Ethics Summit is the premier place for companies and delegates to learn, develop, and share ideas that elevate the field of business ethics and compliance. This year, the Summit will feature 80+ speakers from more than 55 organizations. In 40+ keynotes, ‘programs in practice’ sessions, peer-to-peer roundtables, and workshops, participants will have the opportunity to learn about leading approaches to the complex topics ranging from digital compliance, ESG, behavioral science and diversity, equity, and inclusion, to investigations and enforcement, among other subjects.

This is Ethisphere’s second virtual Summit, assembling hundreds of companies and more than 1,500 participants from around the globe. Sessions will also be available on-demand until July 2022.

The event is hosted by Ethisphere’s Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA), an organization of 380+ members focused on collaborating on the best ways to advance business integrity. Members of the BELA community–and the Summit’s Advisory Committee–contributed to identifying the most impactful topics and presenters for this year’s Summit.

“Business has had to rise to a new level of responsibility and transparency while facing ongoing global disruption. Swift decisions on complicated issues are now made daily, supported by new standards, data analysis, and program innovations. The Global Ethics Summit provides these leaders with opportunities to gain trusted insights into how peer companies are addressing shared challenges and making more confident decisions,” said Kevin McCormack, Executive Vice President, and Executive Director, Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA). “It’s more important than ever that business come together to forge solutions that will benefit all stakeholders. The Global Ethics Summit provides the forum, the community, and connections to empower leaders to drive positive, and important, changes.”

“During my tenure I’ve seen a tremendous evolution of Ethics and Compliance programs. E&C professionals have become trusted partners, continually pushing the bar forward and embedding transparency and fairness in everything we do, said Callie Pappas, Vice President, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, Deputy General Counsel, Schnitzer Steel. “Today’s responsible companies know that integrity doesn’t just happen, and increasingly look to us to provide guidance and help make sure that it does.”

“As the demands on Ethics & Compliance departments continue to increase, the Global Ethics Summit provides a

valuable vehicle for the exchanging of ideas from practitioners on how to drive measurable change,” said H Jordan  Weitz, Senior Director, Compliance Risk Intelligence Group, Carnival Corporation.

“Emerging privacy and whistleblowing rules across the world have growing implications for how organizations handle their internal investigations. The time to center privacy  compliance in your next investigation is now. This conversation can no longer wait,”  said Alja Poler De Zwart, Partner, Morrison & Foerster.


“As respected sources like the recent 2022 Edelman Trust Barometer shows, consumers across the globe turn to the business community as their most trusted source to create change in our world. There cannot be a forum better than the Global Ethics Summit to highlight this responsibility for ethical business leaders to gather together, exchange ideas, and solidify the faith that our stakeholders place on us,” said Ritu Jain, Executive Leader, Global Governance and Assurance, GE.

Last chance to register for the 2022 Global Ethics Summit: passes are available to BELA members.

Learn more about the Global Ethics Summit Advisory Committee, and agenda topics.

Follow the conversation on Twitter under the hashtag, #GlobalEthicsSummit.


About the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA)
Founded by Ethisphere, the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA) is a globally recognized organization of leading companies collaborating to share best practices in governance, risk management, compliance, and ethics. BELA’s membership has since grown to a global community of companies that recognize the inherent value of promoting ethical leadership and a world-class compliance culture. Learn more about BELA by visiting

About Ethisphere
Ethisphere 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 Ethisphere Magazine. Ethisphere also helps to advance business performance through data-driven assessments, benchmarking, and guidance. For more information, visit


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Ethisphere Announces the 2022 World’s Most Ethical Companies

136 Honoree Companies Recognized for Their Unwavering Commitment to Business Integrity as Values-based Leadership Leads to Financial Outperformance

Phoenix, AZ – March 15, 2022 – Ethisphere, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, today announced the 136 honorees representing 22 countries and 45 industries that have earned the coveted designation of World’s Most Ethical Companies® in 2022.

This is the 16th annual recognition of companies that have demonstrated a commitment to ethical business practices through programs that positively impact employees, communities, and broader stakeholders, and contribute to sustainable and profitable long-term business performance.

In 2022, 14 companies are first-time honorees, while six have been recognized 16 times – every year since the inception of the awards in 2007.

“The moment is now, and the data is clear – companies must lead on sustainability, social issues, and governance. The World’s Most Ethical Companies understand that the capitalism of today and tomorrow is one that demonstrates how we turn our ideals into action,” said Ethisphere CEO, Timothy Erblich. “Congratulations to the 2022 honorees for their dedication to advancing business integrity, for leadership on tough issues, and demonstrating that doing good is key to successful, long-term performance.”

“At TIAA, transparency, accountability, and integrity are values deeply embedded in our culture,” said Thasunda Brown Duckett, President and CEO of TIAA. “We know our clients want to work with a partner they trust, and we work hard to do right by them, our employees, and our communities. We’re honored to be named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere for the eighth straight year.”

“Recognition for the 14th time as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies is an incredible honor for which we credit our 400,000 green apron partners (employees) who show up with a common mission,” said Kevin Johnson, president and ceo, Starbucks Coffee Company. “At Starbucks, we know we have to earn the trust we have from our partners, customers, and communities each day by leading with a purpose that goes well beyond the pursuit of profit.”

“It’s a true honor to be named as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the 9th consecutive year,” said Steve James, CEO of Teachers Mutual Bank Limited. “As one of only five banks across the globe to be honored this year, this recognition reinforces our credentials as a socially responsible bank seeking to make a difference. I’m proud to lead a company that is using banking as a force for good.”

Ethisphere’s 2022 Ethics Index, the collection of publicly traded companies recognized as recipients of this year’s World’s Most Ethical Companies designation, outperformed a comparable index of large-cap companies by 24.6 percentage points over the past five calendar years.

“The outperformance, which Ethisphere refers to as the Ethics Premium, has remained consistent since we began tracking the equity performance of honoree companies. We believe this outperformance is the result of the kinds of practices that lead a company to be on our list – practices that demonstrate investment in their people, culture, and communities. We see in this data that those practices, over time, lead to stronger financial performance,” Erblich added.

Ethisphere will host a Virtual Honoree Gala on April 12, 2022. It will feature keynote addresses by Matthew McConaughey, Academy Award®–winning actor, New York Times bestselling author, and founder of the just keep livin Foundation; and Ernie Johnson, six-time Sports Emmy Award winner, New York Times bestselling author of Unscripted: The Unpredictable Moments that Make Life Extraordinary, and founder, with his wife Cheryl DeLuca-Johnson, of the Love You Too Foundation.

Methodology & Outcomes

Grounded in Ethisphere’s proprietary Ethics Quotient®, the World’s Most Ethical Companies assessment process includes more than 200 data points on culture; environmental and social practices; ethics and compliance activities; governance; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and initiatives that support a strong value chain. The process serves as an operating framework to capture and codify the leading practices of organizations across industries and around the globe.

This year, the evaluation was updated to include questions inquiring about programmatic changes made in response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. It also included a new area around risk assessment, to better address the U.S. Department of Justice’s recent focus on effectiveness of a company’s risk assessment efforts; more detailed questions around key impact assessment processes; and a range of other updates to reflect the evolving landscape as it relates to those in ethics, compliance, and governance.

All companies that participate in the assessment process receive an Analytical Scorecard that provides insights into key trends among honoree companies, and where their programs stand compared to the class of honoree companies. Applicants also receive a three-month Associate membership to the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA).


The full list of the 2022 World’s Most Ethical Companies can be found at

Follow the conversation on Twitter: 2022 #WorldsMostEthicalCompanies.


About Ethisphere
Ethisphere® 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 and measure and improve culture. Ethisphere honors superior achievement through its World’s Most Ethical Companies recognition program and provides a community of industry experts with the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA).