Us Companies Dominate Most Ethical List

03.22.10 |

The Ethisphere Institute has released its annual list of the world's 100 most ethical companies. More than three-thousand businesses were evaluated on seven factors: reputation, executive leadership, compliance, corporate citizenship, innovation, corporate governance and industry leadership. American firms dominate the Ethisphere Institute's 2010 rankings. Among the U.S. companies getting the nod from the New York-based think tank are Google, Target, Starbucks, Xerox, American Express and General Electric. Making the ethics list for the first time is Ford Motor Company, which was the only major U.S. automaker to weather the global economic crisis without filing for bankruptcy and seeking a government bailout. Rival Japanese automaker Toyota was not so lucky, as the recent safety recalls of millions of vehicles helped bump it off the Ethisphere list. Wall Street banks failed to make the list for the second year in a row.

 The Ethisphere Institute only looked at companies with at least 100 employees and more than 50-thousand dollars in annual revenue for its 2010 list.