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The Business Ethics Leadership Alliance Grows to Over 275 Enterprise Members Who Collaborate to Demonstrate the Correlation Between Business Integrity and Long-Term Performance Globally

AARP, Hertz, CBRE, Fiat, Intuit, MODEC, Comfama, TechnipFMC, Diebold Nixdorf and more join a diverse group of globally recognized companies prioritizing ethical leadership and corporate integrity.

​​​​​Ethisphere, a global leader in defining and advancing standards of ethical business practices, announced today that 19 new companies have joined the growing ranks of the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA) community. To date, more than 275 leading companies have taken their corporate integrity programs and practices to the next level by joining BELA.

Founded by Ethisphere, BELA is a 275+ member strong globally recognized organization of leading companies collaborating together to share best practices in governance, risk management, compliance and ethics.

“The accelerated growth of BELA sends a strong message to the business community that there is a deep need for data, shared insights and collective intelligence that can support a diverse set of leaders charged with implementing effective integrity programs. BELA aligns so well with these pursuits, that it often becomes part of the working culture,” said Kevin McCormackExecutive Director for BELA. “Whether the organization is new to BELA or a long-standing member, all are rigorously pursuing ethics and compliance in a way that measurably improves business performance, amplifies leading practices and evokes pride in shared values as companies work together across geographies and industries.”

This growth in membership rewards the community with new shared insights that enable organizations to support and challenge one another as they innovate to address risks, improve business performance and place values and integrity at the center of all that they do. The complete list of new companies joining BELA include:

  • AARP
  • Baker Hughes
  • Caja de Compensación Familiar de Antioquia (COMFAMA)
  • Capital One
  • CBRE
  • Cognizant
  • CSG International (CSG)
  • Diebold Nixdorf
  • DTE Energy
  • Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines
  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
  • Hertz
  • Intuit
  • Magna International
  • Otsuka Pharmaceutical
  • TechnipFMC
  • The Doctors Company
  • Zimmer Biomet

“CSG is one of the world’s leading revenue management and digital monetization, customer experience and payment solutions providers, and a trusted partner to some of the most well-known companies around the globe,” said Lynn StangChief Compliance Officer. “We leverage more than 35 years of experience to help our clients simplify the complexity of a rapidly changing business landscape. Personal and professional integrity are the foundation of our success: we strive to achieve results for the company and our clients through ethical and legal business practices. Working with BELA and its members will provide insights to help us ensure that our ethics and compliance activities and tools continue to grow and evolve to support our unwavering commitment to do what is right.”

“Joining BELA further underscores our commitment to strengthen our culture of integrity and compliance, which is the foundation of our business,” said Jeannie HenryHertz Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer. “Every employee at Hertz has a shared responsibility to act with integrity and make ethical decisions. Having the right tools and resources will help us ensure that all employees are making the right decisions, no matter what their position is within the company.”

“AARP empowers people to choose how they live as they age, a mission we advance by exhibiting integrity and high ethical standards in all we do and everyone we work with,” said Ellen Hunt, AARP Senior Vice President, Audit, Ethics & Compliance Officer. “Joining BELA is an opportunity to ensure that our compliance, governance and ethical priorities are aligned to help us earn the trust of those we serve. We look forward to sharing what works at AARP while learning from the BELA community about the latest best practices in business ethics.”

”In keeping with our long history of enabling connected commerce, Diebold Nixdorf maintains a commitment to delivering meaningful, impactful and sustainable results to the communities we serve, which is the driving force behind what makes us a global family that provides solutions for people who rely on us,” said Lisa Radigan, Vice President and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Diebold Nixdorf. “Through networking opportunities and the resources provided by experts at Ethisphere, we expect to learn and experience new ways to continue to conduct our business the right way, with enhanced governance, ethics and compliance processes. We look forward to being part of the BELA family.”

The more than 275 BELA member companies represent 30 industries and are headquartered in 15 different countries. The BELA community of companies has become a pivotal platform of connected leadership dedicated to progressing company standards and practices across global and regional business ecosystems. Driven by a global desire to advance integrity and improve business performance, in 2017, BELA expanded to South Asia. The South Asia Chapter includes a community of select Founding member companies and “integrity partners” who have taken on a leadership role in inspiring best practices in ethics, integrity and anti-corruption efforts across India and South Asia. Applying a similar model, new chapter expansion has now reached Mexico and Latin America.

BELA Member Benefits—Request Guest Access

BELA members receive enterprise-wide access to the BELA Member hub—a premier repository of resources featuring examples of work, presentations and research from select BELA companies intended to cultivate more idea exchange and inspiration for companies to continuously improve in the area of ethics and compliance. Dozens of companies such as Dell, Lincoln Financial GroupGEAllstate, MahindraNokiaStarbucksVF CorpU.S. BankHilton, Allianz, Cummins and more have shared multi-modal examples of how they are taking specific aspects of their programs to the next level and the practical steps being taken to improve.

Ethisphere recently launched the BELA Leadership Guide, a new portfolio of interviews—exclusive to the BELA community—rich with data-driven insights and tools from AT&TBayerAccentureUnileverParsons and others. A chapter of the guide is available publicly and highlights how leading companies harness the power of innovation to address risks and progress their compliance programs.

To request guest access to the BELA member hub, click here.

In addition to these resources, members can download Ethisphere research, content, expertise and data-driven insights such as the recent World’s Most Ethical Companies Insights Report series, a special report on root cause taxonomy, “focused facts” research, presentations, exclusive podcast interviews and webinars. Companies also have the opportunity to benchmark their programs against leading practices and use data to measure, improve and build a business case.

The BELA community has access to a robust portfolio of in-person summits, forums and more than 30 peer-to-peer roundtables hosted by BELA member companies, held each year in major U.S. cities and key international markets as a platform for shared ideas and practical conversations on the most pressing challenges impacting compliance with a diverse set of leaders and stakeholders.

About BELA

Founded by Ethisphere, the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA) is a globally recognized organization of leading companies collaborating together to share best practices in governance, risk management, compliance and ethics. BELA’s membership has since grown to a large community of companies who recognize the inherent value of promoting ethical leadership and world-class compliance culture. Learn more about BELA by visiting To nominate a company to join BELA, contact Director of Member Engagement Sarah Neumann at [email protected].

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 also helps to advance business performance through data-driven assessments, benchmarking and guidance. More information about Ethisphere can be found at

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