Ingredion, International Paper make 'most ethical companies' list

A number of Corridor employers ranked on the 2018 list

Geese huddle on a patch of ice in the Cedar River as temperates hover below 0 degrees and steam rises from the Ingredion plant in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Geese huddle on a patch of ice in the Cedar River as temperates hover below 0 degrees and steam rises from the Ingredion plant in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

Employers in the Corridor are among the “world’s most ethical,” according to an annual list released this week.

The Ethisphere Institute, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based group that measures corporate practices and ethics, put out its 2018 World’s Most Ethical Companies report Monday. The list highlighted 135 companies from 23 countries that Ethisphere said “drive positive change in the business community and societies around the world.”

While no Cedar Rapids-based companies made the 2018 list, a number of major employers in the Corridor did. They include Ingredion, International Paper, PepsiCo, NextEra Energy and Whirlpool.

Des Moines-based Principal Financial Group and Moline, Ill.-based Deere and Co, both large employers in Iowa, also made the list.

“Over the last 12 years, we have repeatedly seen that those companies who focus on transparency and authenticity are rewarded with the trust of their employees, their customers and their investors,” Ethisphere CEO Timothy Erblich said in a news release.

The Ethisphere Institute measures companies based on five categories:

l Ethics and compliance programs

l Corporate citizenship and responsibility

l Culture of ethics

l Governance

l Leadership, innovation and reputation.

Cedar Rapids-based Rockwell Collins previously made the list every year since 2010.

l Comments: (319) 398-8366; matthew.patane@thegazette.com

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