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Ethisphere Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 World’s Most Ethical Companies® List

Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, November 8 at 11:59 pm.

New York, NY, July 13, 2017 ( – The Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, announced today that the 2018 annual Ethics Quotient® survey is now open. Ethisphere’s proprietary Ethics Quotient (EQ) survey provides an objective measurement of a company’s ethical culture, compliance programs, policies, and procedures. It is also the basis upon which companies are measured for inclusion in the annual listing of the World’s Most Ethical Companies.

Companies that are interested in initiating the process to complete the survey and potentially be listed among the 2018 World’s Most Ethical Companies can apply here. The deadline to submit the 200-question survey and supporting documentation is Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Upon submitting the application, participants will receive a confirmation email with more detailed information and next steps. Custom URLs will be delivered within 3 business days and scorecards will be sent after the 2018 honoree announcement.

“The World’s Most Ethical Companies list, now in its twelfth year, has become the most coveted industry recognition for companies that believe in the value of ethical business practices,” Ethisphere Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich, explained. “In 2017, we were pleased to honor 124 companies with this designation. Companies honored on this list continue to lead by example and help others learn how acting with integrity and public purpose is not only the right thing to do but also can help build long-term, sustainable businesses.”

According to Ethisphere’s research, financial value and ethics are inexorably tied together. The analysis, which Ethisphere refers to as the Ethics Premium, demonstrates how companies that appeared on the 2017 World’s Most Ethical Companies list outperformed the US Large Cap Index over the 2015-2016 calendar years by an average of over six percent. Moreover, the World’s Most Ethical Companies honorees believe that customers, employees, investors, and regulators place a high premium on trust – while ethics and good governance are key to earning that trust.

“This will be our twelfth year honoring excellence in corporate integrity,” said Michael Byrne, General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Thought Leadership, Ethisphere. “When selecting the World’s Most Ethical Companies, we look for companies that reach beyond regulations and put in place programs that support employees in making ethical business decisions in their work around the globe.”

Companies earning the World’s Most Ethical Companies distinction in 2018 will be honored at Ethisphere’s annual World’s Most Ethical Companies Awards Dinner in New York City on March 13, 2018. The Awards dinner is followed by the annual Global Ethics Summit, a two-day forum where experts from across the world gather, along with hundreds of attendees, for informative discussions and work sessions focusing on the latest best practices in compliance and business ethics. Registrations for the annual Global Ethics Summit are now open.

Click here to see a full list of the 2017 World’s Most Ethical Companies® honorees.

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 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


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