In Another “Ethisphere”

Schneider, Rockwell, and others make unique list

A number of big name companies were given the distinct honor of being deemed “ethical” businesses in this year’s edition of the Ethisphere Institute’s World’s Most Ethical Companies awards.

The 124 recipients this year—the Insitute’s tenth—spanned 19 countries and a spectrum of categories including energy and utilities, engineering and design, construction and building materials, and renewable energy. Here are some of the highlights.

Schneider Electric was recognized for the seventh consecutive year. The multinational electric company is aiming for continued growth in areas like energy storage and sustainability, the Industrial IoT, and software systems. “We are particularly proud of being honored for the seventh year by Ethisphere Institute, and moreover to be among the only two companies recognized in our category,” said a spokesperson from Schneider. “It proves that Schneider Electric considers very thoroughly ethical challenges and addresses them with impact and efficiency, in line with our corporate values. In so doing, our customers may be sure that our ethical standards are the highest possible and that we care for the planet and society.”

As noted, Schneider was one of only two companies honored in the “Diversified Machinery” category, along with Rockwell Automation, the Milwaukee-based company which just released a new line of servomotors and is riding a wave of economic momentum in 2017.

The Oil & Gas/Renewables combination category featured companies Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, which operates the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (and will maintain it using some pretty cool inspector robots this summer) and PKN ORLEN S.A., a Polish oil refiner and petrol retailer.

3M and Timken Steel Company both were awarded a spot in the Industrial Manufacturing category, while AES and NextEra occupied an Energy category featuring a number of international companies.

GE was omnipresent as ever, appearing in the “Conglomerate” category, which somehow falls perfectly in line with everything they’ve always done.

TE Connectivity was also honored. The Swiss-based company designs and manufactures semiconductors and sensory electronic equipment.

Kennametal, the Latrobe, PA-based producer of metalworking tools and mining/construction components, was awarded in the Machine Tools & Accessories category.

Through its World’s Most Ethical Company list, the Ethisphere Institute publicly honors companies that have demonstrated ethical leadership in their industries, using ethical conduct as a profit driver and a “competitive differentiator”.


“Over the last eleven years we have seen the shift in societal expectations, constant redefinition of laws and regulations and the geo-political climate,” said Ethisphere’s Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich.

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