Microsoft has made Ethisphere’s list of the most ethical companies for the eighth year in a row. The collation contained a total of 135 organizations across 57 industries, recognizing their role to “influence and drive positive change”.
The list considered five categories in its decision:
- Ethics and compliance program: 35%
- Corporate citizenship and responsibility: 20%
- Culture of ethics: 20%
- Governance: 15%
- Leadership, innovation, and reputation: 10%
Other selected companies include Volvo, Dell, Grupo Bimbo, Adobe, Intel, LinkedIn, Nokia, and Salesforce.
“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. While negative headlines might grab attention, the companies who support the rule of law and operate with decency and fair play around the globe will always succeed in the long term,” said Ethisphere CEO, Timothy Erblich. “Congratulations to all of the 2018 honorees.”
Microsoft’s Ethical Record in 2017
In 2017, Microsoft has criticized Trump’s transgender policy reversal, joined a lawsuit against the immigration ban, and promised to cut carbon emissions by 75% by 2030. The Whitehouse also praised Microsoft’s role in preventing a North Korean cyber attack.
Even so, questions remain about the company’s practices regarding Windows 10. Though it no longer upgrades systems without user’s consent, its telemetry collection could breach data collection laws.
Even so, it’s a win for Microsoft and marks the continued improvement in its public and private perception. Glassdoor statistics show a 95% approval rating for Nadella, higher than Apple’s Tim Cook.
“At Microsoft, trust and integrity are core to our values and critical to our success. We’re passionate about applying the power of technology to improve our world, and that starts with doing business in a way that builds and maintains trust with our customers,” said Microsoft President Brad Smith in a press release. “Microsoft is honored to be named once again to the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere because it reflects our passion to make a lasting impact on the world around us.”