Johnson Controls named a 2014 World's Most Ethical Company for eighth
Company recognized for its leadership in transparency in governance
MILWAUKEE, March 21, 2014
MILWAUKEE, March 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Johnson Controls, announced today
that it has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, an independent center
of research promoting best practices in corporate ethics and governance, as a
2014 World's Most Ethical Company^®.
This is the eighth time that Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial
company with established core businesses in the automotive, building, and
energy storage industries, has been honored with this award, which recognizes
organizations that continue to raise the bar on ethical leadership and
corporate behavior. World's Most Ethical Company honorees understand the
correlation between ethics, reputation and daily interactions with their
brand. Johnson Controls is one of only 17 companies to receive this award
eight years consecutively.
"Johnson Controls is pleased to be named one of the world's most ethical
companies. This recognition is a tribute to our 170,000 employees around the
world, who embrace and demonstrate our values and high standards on integrity
and ethics every day," said Jerry Okarma, vice president, secretary and
general counsel for Johnson Controls.
"The entire community of World's Most Ethical Companies believe that
customers, employees, investors and regulators place a high premium on trust
and that ethics and good governance are key in earning it," said Ethisphere's
Chief Executive Officer Timothy Erblich. "Johnson Controls joins an exclusive
community committed to driving performance through leading business practices.
We congratulate everyone at Johnson Controls for this extraordinary
The World's Most Ethical Company assessment is based upon the Ethisphere
Institute's Ethics Quotient™ framework. The Ethics Quotient framework has been
developed over years of effort to provide a means to assess an organization's
performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way. The information
collected provides a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria of core
competencies, rather than all aspects of corporate governance, risk,
sustainability, compliance and ethics. The Ethics Quotientframework and
methodology was determined, vetted and refined by the expert advice and
insights gleaned from Ethisphere's network of thought leaders and from the
World's Most Ethical Company Methodology Advisory Panel.
Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program
(25%), reputation, leadership and innovation (20%), governance (10%),
corporate citizenship and responsibility (25%) and culture of ethics (20%).
The full list of the 2014 World's Most Ethical Companies can be found at
About Johnson Controls:
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader
serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 170,000 employees create
quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational
efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced
batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for
automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885,
with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth
strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value
to shareholders and making our customers successful. In 2013, Corporate
Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #14 company in its
annual "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list. For additional information, please
About the Ethisphere Institute
The Ethisphere® Institute is an independent center of research, best practices
and thought leadership that promotes best practices in corporate ethics and
governance and enables organizations to improve compliance, mitigate risk, and
enhance relationships with employees, business partners, investors and the
broad regulatory community. Ethisphere evaluates and benchmarks compliance and
governance programs, honors superior achievement through its World's Most
Ethical Companies® recognition program and publishes Ethisphere Magazine.
Ethisphere is also the leading provider of independent verification of
corporate ethics and compliance programs that include: Ethics Inside®
Certification, Compliance Leader Verification™ and Anti-Corruption Program
Verification™. More information about Ethisphere can be found at:
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