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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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