Which Companies are the World’s Most Ethical?
Which companies stand out as the world’s most ethical? The answer to that question depends on who you ask! Three reports posted at Ethisphere.com, MillwardBrown.com and Forbes.com reveal their perspectives and rankings.
Rankings By Industry, Country and Ethical Leadership
Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies 2011 at Ethisphere.com organizes the most ethical companies by industry and country.
The Forbes Top Brands Report at Forbes.com lets us choose how to see the rankings by clicking the term at the top of the table. You may choose to rank based on Trust, Ethical Leadership, Innovation, Revenue, Advertising Spending or Industry. It is very interesting to see the names change when you compare the revenue rankings to the ethical leadership rankings.
Ethics Impacts Brand Value
The report “Brandz™ Top 100: Most Valuable Global Brands 2011” at MillwardBrown.com includes interesting information about consumer trends and how ethical behavior impacts a company’s brand value.
Customers Increasingly Evaluate Based on Ethics
Customers shop globally now, and when they buy, they compare products more and more often based upon ethics. In addition to shopping cautiously during the recession when money is tight, there is also a trend toward thinking about how each purchase impacts the local community, the global community and the planet.
“The new ethos frowned on flaunting and encouraged awareness of how one’s purchases, whether diamonds from African mines or apparel stitched in Asian factories, impacted the environment and people all along the supply chain.” “Brandz™ Top 100: Most Valuable Global Brands 2011” MillwardBrown.com
Ethical Businesses Benefit From the New Ways Consumers Shop
I like the term “considered consumption” that Millward Brown uses to describe the change in consumer behavior.
Frugality eased last year, but consumers didn’t spend frivolously, suggesting that brands will continue to feel the impact of the recession-accelerated shift to considered – rather than conspicuous – consumption. “Brandz™ Top 100: Most Valuable Global Brands 2011” MillwardBrown.com
The Millward Brown report reminded me about these aspects of consumer behavior, which are also reasons why ethics matters in brand value:
- Customers are thinking more before buying
- They are considering more variables
- They are making responsible consumption a priority
- They value trust
- They expect ethical behavior
- They place their “vote” by purchasing from ethical companies
- Word gets around when companies are responsible and offer a great value