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Target Corp., Trader Joe's, Dole Food Co., General Mills, Kellogg Co., PepsiCo, and Stonyfield Farm are among the companies named to the World's Most Ethical Companies list, which recognizes companies for their outstanding ethical leadership during this week's Ethisphere and Forbes joint-conference.
This is the second such list released by The Ethisphere Institute, a think tank dedicated to the research and promotion of profitable best practices in governance, business ethics, compliance, and corporate social responsibility.
Leaders from PepsiCo, Kellogg, Google and American Express, which were included on the 2008 World's Most Ethical Companies list, spoke on various panels during the conference, which included Going Green and Supply Chain Sustainability, Human Capital and the Value in Values-Based Leadership, and Looking Ahead: The Future of Ethical Leadership, among other topics.
"The process was rigorous, and we are confident that the organizations included in the 2008 ranking are the standouts in their industries, forcing their competitors to take a long, hard look at their own efforts -- and shortcomings," said Alex Brigham, executive director of The Ethisphere Institute. Brigham further commended the companies for making "a concerted effort to ensure ethical practices remain a top business priority."
The 2008 World's Most Ethical Companies advisory panel included Ethisphere editors and researchers as well as attorneys, government officials, professors, and other leaders from their respective fields who care about ethical and honest business practices.