The Ethics of the Most Ethical Companies

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Forbes Magazine recently published a list of the 110 most ethical companies, based on data from The Ethisphere Institute.

Since the list was unranked, we thought it would be useful to see how these companies ranked in comparison to each other using the GoodGuide social score.

When looking at this chart, keep in mind that it doesn’t include all the companies in the world. The Ethisphere Institute evaluated an admirable 3,000 companies before identifying top performers; there are many reasons why this number isn’t higher. To highlight some of the companies not on this list, we’ve added a few from the GoodGuide database (in blue). Plus, as an added layer for comparison, we’ve displayed each company in terms of its 2010 revenue.

Some takeaways:

1. Top lists aren’t comprehensive.

2. Industry doesn’t seem to have that big of an impact on performing ethically.

3. What’s the relationship between revenue and being ethical? Does being a financially successful enterprise make it more difficult to behave ethically?

4. It’s great to celebrate, but there’s room for ethical companies to be even better.

Are lists that highlight top performing companies useful to you?

About Sheila Viswanathan

Sheila Viswanathan focuses on educating individuals on how to make healthier dietary choices. She received her doctoral degree in Nutrition and Public Health from Teachers College, Columbia University and is certified as a registered dietitian.
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