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The Nature Conservancy Again Named One of World's Most Ethical Companies®

Ethisphere Institute recognizes the Conservancy for second year in a row

HONOLULU, HI  | April 08, 2014

For the second year in a row The Nature Conservancy has been named a one of the World's Most Ethical Companies® by the Ethisphere Institute, an independent center of research promoting best practices in corporate ethics and governance. The institute annually recognizes organizations that continue to raise the bar on ethical leadership and corporate behavior.

"We are honored to be awarded this important distinction for the second year in a row," said Charlotte Young, chief ethics and compliance officer. "At The Nature Conservancy we value above all else the highest ethical conduct of our employees, Board members, Chapter trustees and other volunteers. This is a testament to the dedication of our teams around the world and commitment to our organizational principles."

Suzanne Case, the Conservancy’s Hawaiʻi executive director, said, “The Honorable Judge Thomas Kaulukukui told me our core value of ‘Integrity Beyond Reproach’ was setting a very high bar. But it’s a guiding principle we ask our employees, Board members, Chapter trustees and other volunteers to follow. We are extremely proud to be part of an organization known for its ethics.”

The Conservancy is guided by five organizational values: integrity beyond reproach; one Conservancy; respect for people, communities and cultures; commitment to diversity; and tangible lasting results. These values are reflected in the Conservancy’s policies and standard operating procedures.

“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. “The Nature Conservancy joins an exclusive community committed to driving performance through leading business practices. We congratulate everyone at The Nature Conservancy for this extraordinary achievement.”

The World's Most Ethical Company assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient™ framework, which has been developed over years of effort 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 Quotient framework 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

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:


The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at

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