Wisconsin companies among most ethical in the world

Special to The Freeman

March 9, 2015

MILWAUKEE — Three Wisconsin companies, Thrivent Financial, Rockwell Automation and ManpowerGroup, were named a “2015 World’s Most Ethical Company” on Monday.

All three Wisconsin businesses have been named to the list before which was created by Ethisphere Institute to recognize “organizations that have had a material impact on the way business is conducted by fostering a culture of ethics and transparency at every level of the company,” according to the announcement.

This is the seventh time Rockwell has been named to the list and the fourth time for Thrivent and the fifth time for ManpowerGroup.

“Conducting our business according to highest ethical standards is what our membership expects, and we strive to meet those expectations,” said Teresa Rasmussen, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for Thrivent, in a statement. “Being named to this prestigious list for the fourth year in a row is a wonderful acknowledgment of our commitment to business ethics.”

The World’s Most Ethical Company assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient framework developed over years of research to provide a means to assess an organization’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way.

“As a seven-time honoree, Rockwell Automation adopts leading ethical standards and practices that ensure long-term value to customers, employees, suppliers, and investors,” said Timothy Erblich, Ethisphere’s chief executive officer, in a statement. “Rockwell Automation uses ethics as a means to further define its industry leadership.”