[T]he World’s Most Ethical (“WME”) Companies prove a clear correlation between ethical business practices and improved financial performance. WME companies, if indexed together, have routinely and significantly outpaced the S&P 500 every year since the recognition was developed in 2007. On average, the WME companies outperformed the S&P 500 by 7.3 percent each year. The 2011 World’s Most Ethical Companies have already surpassed the S&P 500 year to date.
The methodology for the World’s Most Ethical Companies includes reviewing codes of ethics, litigation and regulatory infraction histories; evaluating the investment in innovation and sustainable business practices; looking at activities designed to improve corporate citizenship; and studying nominations from senior executives, industry peers, suppliers and customers.Ethisphere Announces 2011 World’s Most Ethical Companies. (2011, March 15). Business Wire. Retrieved May 8, 2014 from: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20110315006776/en/Ethisphere-Announces-2011-World%E2%80%99s-Ethical-Companies#.U2wqGYFSb7A