The Ethisphere Institute has just released its list of the 2019 World’s Most Ethical Companies. This year marks the 13th year for the list. The 128 honorees span 21 countries and 50 industries and includes 16 first-time honorees and eight companies that have been named to the list every year since 2007. Only two hotel companies made this year’s list: Hilton and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. To determine its list, the Ethisphere Institute evaluated a company’s Ethics and Compliance Program, Culture of Ethics, Corporate Citizenship and Responsibility, Governance, and Leadership and Reputation. Each category is evaluated through a combination of answers to an Ethics Quotient questionnaire, submitted supplemental documentation, and where necessary, independent research and follow up with each candidate. Any company, public or private, for-profit or not-for-profit, U.S. or foreign-based, is eligible to participate in the process and to be considered for designation as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies.
Geoff Ballotti, President and CEO, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, in response to his company making the list, said, “In our first year as a new public company, today’s recognition as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies is continued reaffirmation of the inclusive, values-driven culture instilled in our team members by our former parent, Wyndham Worldwide. Strong ethics are the foundation of our corporate culture, with integrity being one of our company’s core values.”
Kristin Campbell, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Hilton, in response to the honor, said, “Since Hilton was founded 100 years ago, prioritizing sound ethical business decisions has allowed us to have a positive impact on billions of lives and thousands of communities across the globe. Our team navigates some of the world’s most challenging ethics questions, from data privacy and protection, to safeguarding our supply chain and communities. It’s an honor to be recognized for our integrity and values, at a time when the business environment in which we operate faces more disruption than ever.”