BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Kellogg Co. Tuesday was recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as one of the 2019 World’s Most Ethical Companies.
Kellogg has been recognized by Ethisphere for 11 years. The company will be listed under the Food Processing & Distribution category.
In 2019, 128 honorees were recognized spanning 21 countries and 50 industries. The thirteenth class of honorees profoundly illustrate how companies continue to be the driving force for improving communities, building capable and empowered workforces, and fostering corporate cultures focused on ethics and a strong sense of purpose
“At Kellogg, we are proud to live our founder’s values, and are committed to operating with integrity. We are honored to receive this award for an 11th time. This recognition underscores our ongoing commitment to ethical business standards,” said Steve Cahillane, chairman and chief executive officer, Kellogg Co. “Our commitment to our K Values and our Global Code of Ethics are core to our success as we Deploy for Growth and work to win in the marketplace.”
“Today, employees, investors and stakeholders are putting their greatest trust in companies to take leadership on societal issues. Companies that take the long view with a purpose-based strategy are proven to not only outperform but last,” said Ethisphere’s chief executive officer, Timothy Erblich. “I congratulate everyone at Kellogg for earning this recognition.”
Ethics & Performance
Ethisphere’s annual practice of tracking how the stock prices of publicly traded honorees compare to the Large Cap Index found that listed 2019 World’s Most Ethical Companies outperformed the large cap sector over five years by 14.4% and over three years by 10.5%.
“Kellogg maintains an unwavering commitment to ethics and living our founder’s values every day, in all that we do. Our employees create and promote a workplace environment where compliance and ethical business conduct are expected and encouraged through our K Values,” said Gary Pilnick, vice chairman, corporate development and Chief Legal Officer. “We’re committed to living our K Values and operating with integrity. It’s very meaningful that we’ve been recognized by Ethisphere for an 11th time.”
Methodology & Scoring
The World’s Most Ethical Companies assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient (EQ) framework, which offers a quantitative way to assess a company’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized manner. 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.
Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (35%), culture of ethics (20%), corporate citizenship and responsibility (20 percent), governance (15 percent) and leadership and reputation (10%). All companies that participate in the assessment process receive their scores, providing them with valuable insights into how they stack up against leading organizations.
The full list of the 2019 World’s Most Ethical Companies can be found at: https://worldsmostethicalcompanies.com/honorees.