Insurance agents can control their own ethics, but by themselves have little influence on the ethical behaviors of the carrier community. But you can choose to partner with companies that are proven to place a strong emphasis on ethical business practices – with more than just lip service.
A baker’s dozen of insurance and financial services companies are among the 132 honorees of the 2015 “World’s Most Ethical Companies,” as announced in March by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices.
In its ninth year, the 2015 honorees represent more than 50 industries, span 21 countries and five continents. Bestowed only on organizations that demonstrate a culture of ethics and transparency at every level, the Ethisphere Institute says the list recognizes companies that truly go beyond making statements about doing business “ethically” and translate those words into action. Honorees not only promote ethical business standards and practices internally, they exceed legal compliance minimums and shape future industry standards by introducing best practices today.
To earn the recognition, companies are judged in five key categories: ethics and compliance; corporate citizenship and responsibility; culture of ethics; governance; and leadership, innovation and reputation.
“The World’s Most Ethical Companies embrace the correlation between ethical business practice and improved company performance. These companies use ethics as a means to further define their industry leadership, and understand that creating an ethical culture and earning the World’s Most Ethical Companies recognition involves more than just an outward facing message or a handful of senior executives saying the right thing,” said Ethisphere CEO Timothy Erblich.
The 13 companies making the list in the insurance and financial services industries are:
• Northern Trust
• Thrivent Financial
• Voya Financial
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• Aflac Inc.
• Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corp
• Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.