Johnson Controls named a 2014 World's Most Ethical Company for eighth consecutive year

    Johnson Controls named a 2014 World's Most Ethical Company for eighth                                consecutive year  Company recognized for its leadership in transparency in governance  PR Newswire  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 achievement."  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 http://ethisphere.com/worlds-most-ethical/wme-honorees/.  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 visit http://www.johnsoncontrols.com.  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: www.ethisphere.com.           Fraser Engerman  CONTACT: 414-524-2733           fraser.engerman@jci.com  SOURCE Johnson Controls  Website: http://www.johnsoncontrols.com