The Nature Conservancy has been named one of the Most Ethical Companies for 2013 by the Ethisphere Institute, a leading international think-tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability.
“We are honored to be awarded this important distinction,” said Charlotte D. Young, the Conservancy’s chief ethics and compliance officer. “It’s a testament to the hard work of our teams around the world and their collective commitment to our organizational values.”
Suzanne Case, the Conservancy’s Hawaiʻi executive director, said, “ 'Integrity beyond reproach' is a core Conservancy value, and one that we hold very dear. We are extremely proud to be part of an organization known for its ethics.”
The World's Most Ethical (WME) Companies designation recognizes companies that truly go beyond making statements about doing business "ethically" and translate those words into action. Honorees not only promote ethical business standards and practices internally, they exceed legal compliance minimums and shape future industry standards by introducing best practices today.
Ethisphere, which reviewed nominations from companies located in more than 100 countries and 36 industries, reviewed codes of ethics, litigation and regulatory infraction histories and evaluated the investment in innovation and sustainable business practices to select this year’s honorees.
A total of 145 companies made the list, from aerospace to wind power, with 43 of the WME winners headquartered outside the U.S. (Read about the methodology and view the complete list of the 2013 World’s Most Ethical Companies at ethisphere.com)
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.
In addition, the Conservancy provides clear direction on how to achieve the highest legal and ethical standards. These include policies and procedures on conflicts of interest; confidential information; lobbying limitations; participation in candidate elections; reporting suspected violations of law or policy (whistleblower policy); equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, and diversity; workplace harassment prevention and reporting; and records management.
The Conservancy established an Ethics and Compliance Office in 2004, which oversees training, policy and procedure development and oversight, risk assessment, and investigations of noncompliance. A hotline is available to all employees to make anonymous reports of, or inquiries about, compliance issues. Regular compliance training is offered to every Conservancy employee, members of the board of directors, chapter trustees, and other volunteer advisors.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.