ManpowerGroup, Rockwell and Johnson Controls named most ethical in the world

Special to The Freeman

March 20, 2014

MILWAUKEE – Three Milwaukee companies – Manpower Group, Rockwell Automation and Johnson Controls – were recognized Thursday as some of the most ethical in the world by Ethisphere Institute, an independent center of research promoting best practices in corporate ethics and compliance.

ManpowerGroup was given the recognition under the “Business Services” category, while Rockwell Automation was in the “Electronics” category and Johnson Controls was in the “Industrial Manufacturing” category.

According to the announcement, the World's Most Ethical Company designation “recognizes companies that truly go beyond making statements about doing business ethically and translate those words into action. World's Most Ethical Company honorees not only promote ethical business standards and practices internally, they embed the theory of conscious capitalism into everything they do, every employee they hire, and every partner they bring into their network to ensure they deliver long-term value to key stakeholders including customers, suppliers, regulators, and investors.”

This year’s 144 honorees represent 41 industries and include 21 first-time honorees, according to the announcement.

“In today's complex global economy, it can be increasingly challenging for companies to meet performance expectations, while addressing the varying regulatory, compliance and sustainability needs across geographies and cultures,” said Tim Erblich, CEO of the Ethisphere Institute, in a statement. “Global economic and social challenges from anti-corruption to security and privacy are accelerating the need for companies and organizations to embrace ethics and governance as critical business imperatives. Failure to establish the highest ethical business standards and practices throughout an organization can result in unacceptable consequences that include both human impacts and operational risks.”

The full list of the 2014 World's Most Ethical Companies can be found at