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Adidas, General Mills Drop Off ‘Most Ethical’ List; Kellogg’s, Hasbro, Alcoa Join

Starbucks, Patagonia and General Electric are among the 23 companies that have been named for six years running to Ethisphere’s Most Ethical Companies list, while Adidas and General Mills are among the major brands to have dropped off the list.

Swedish electronics manufacturer Electrolux joined the list this year, as did Intel, Hasbro, Kimberly-Clark, L’Oreal, Honeywell, Time Warner, Alcoa, Tata Steel, Marks & Spencer, CostCo, PetCo and Kellogg’s.

The 2012 list includes a record 145 companies, up from 110 in 2011. This year 43 of the companies listed are from outside the U.S.

The list honors companies that exhibit leadership in ethics and compliance. Ethisphere’s selection process is based on a questionnaire and due diligence research that consider companies’ ethics and compliance programs; reputation and legal compliance record; governance; culture of ethics; and corporate citizenship and responsibility.

Companies dropping off the list this year include aerospace company Indra Systemes, automotive company Denso and industrial equipment maker Caterpillar.

Last year, Adidas was named in the apparel category along with 2012 repeat firms Gap, Patagonia and Timberland. Throughout 2011 Adidas and fellow sportswear brands Nike and Puma were targeted by Greenpeace for their use of a Chinese textile manufacturer that the environmental group said had a questionable pollution record. All three firms have committed to eradicating hazardous chemicals from their supply chain by 2020 as a result of the campaign.

General Mills – manufacturer of food brands Cheerios and Yoplait – is another noticeable absentee from the 2012 list. PepsiCo, Solae and Stonyfield, the other firms named in the 2011 food and beverage category, all made the 2012 list, along with new addition The Kellogg Company.

Ethisphere’s full list of World’s Most Ethical companies 2012:

Aerospace And Defense
Rockwell Collins USA
The Aerospace Corporation USA
Ethical Fruit Company Ltd UK
Comme Il Faut Israel
Gap Inc USA
Patagonia USA
Timberland USA
Cummins Inc. USA
Ford Motor Company USA
Johnson Controls, Inc. USA
National Australia Bank Australia
Old National Bank USA
Rabobank Netherlands
Standard Chartered Bank UK
Westpac Group Australia
Business Services
Accenture Ireland
Dun & Bradstreet USA
Noblis USA
Paychex, Inc. USA
William E. Connor & Associates Ltd. Hong Kong
Ecolab, Inc. USA
The Mosaic Company USA
Pantheon Enterprises USA
Computer Hardware
Hitachi Data Systems USA
Intel Corporation USA
Computer Software
Adobe Systems USA
Microsoft USA
Salesforce.com USA
Symantec Corporation USA
Teradata Corporation USA
Wipro Ltd India
CRH plc Ireland
Granite Construction Inc USA
Consumer Electronics
Electrolux Sweden
Ricoh Japan
Texas Instruments USA
Xerox Corporation USA
Consumer Products
Colgate-Palmolive Company USA
Hasbro, Inc. USA
Henkel AG & Co. KGaA Germany
Kao Corporation Japan
Kimberly-Clark Corporation USA
Diversified Industries
General Electric Co. USA
eBay Inc. USA
Applied Materials, Inc. USA
Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. USA
Premier Farnell plc UK
Rockwell Automation USA
Energy And Utilites: Natural Gas
Encana Corporation Canada
NiSource Inc. USA
Sempra Energy USA
Spectra Energy Corp USA
Energy And Utilities: Electric
EDP Energias de Portugal Portugal
ENMAX Corporation Canada
National Grid UK/USA
Energy And Utilities: Wind
Vestas Wind Denmark
Energy And Utlities: Water
Northumbrian Water Group UK
Energy: Oil
Alyeska Pipeline Service Company USA
Statoil Norway
Engineering And Design
AECOM Technology Corp USA
Fluor Corporation USA
Parsons Corporation USA
Environmental Services
Waste Management USA
Financial Services
American Express USA
NYSE Euronext USA/Netherlands
The Hartford Financial Services Group USA
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans USA
Food And Beverage
Kellogg Company USA
PepsiCo USA
Solae, LLC USA
Stonyfield USA
Food Service
Aramark USA
Forestry, Paper And Packaging
International Paper USA
SCA Sweden
Stora Enso Finland
Weyerhaeuser Company USA
Health And Beauty
L’ORÉAL France
Natura Cosmeticos Brazil
Shiseido Co Japan
Healthcare Services
Baptist Health South Florida USA
Hospital Corporation of America USA
Novation USA
Premier Inc USA
University Hospitals USA
Industrial Manufacturing
Deere & Company USA
Eaton Corporation USA
Honeywell International Inc. USA
Kennametal Inc. USA
Milliken & Company USA
Schneider Electric France
The Timken Company USA
Insurance: Brokerage
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. USA
Insurance: Health
Aflac Inc. USA
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina USA
Blue Shield of California USA
Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation USA
Insurance: Property And Casualty
Sompo Japan Insurance Inc. Japan
The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies USA
Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc. Japan
Insurance: Reinsurance
Swiss Re Switzerland
Leisure And Hospitality
Holland America Line USA
Kimpton Hotels USA
Marriott International, Inc. USA
The Rezidor Hotel Group Belgium
Seabourn USA
Thomson Reuters US/UK
Time Warner Inc. USA
Medical Devices
Becton Dickinson USA
Coloplast Denmark
Henry Schein, Inc. USA
Royal Philips Netherlands
Metals And Mining
Alcoa USA
Tata Steel Ltd India
Umicore Belgium
Pharmaceuticals And Biotechnology
Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation USA
Professional, Scientific And Technical Services
Concurrent Technologies Corporation USA
SRA International, Inc. USA
Real Estate
British Land plc UK
Jones Lang LaSalle Inc USA
Realogy Corporation USA
Restaurants And Cafes
Starbucks Coffee Company USA
Retail- Food Stores
Kesko Finland
Safeway Inc. USA
SONAE Portugal
The Co-operative Group UK
Wegmans USA
Whole Foods Market, Inc. USA
Costco USA
Marks and Spencer UK
Target USA
Best Buy Co., Inc. USA
OfficeMax USA
Petco USA
Ten Thousand Villages USA
Staffing Services
ManpowerGroup USA
Telecommunications Equipment
Cisco Systems USA
Juniper Networks USA
Telecommunications Services
Portugal Telecom Portugal
SingTel Singapore
T-Mobile USA, Inc. USA
Transportation And Logistics
Nippon Yusen Kabushi Kaisha Japan
Panama Canal Authority Panama


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