Intel, Microsoft make annual World's Most Ethical companies list

By on March 21, 2012, 6:30 PM

Adobe, Intel and Microsoft have all been recognized in Ethisphere Institute’s sixth annual World’s Most Ethical (WME) companies list. This year’s list includes a record 145 companies spanning over three dozen different industries with 23 businesses that have made the list all six years.

Intel and Hitachi were the only two honorees in the Computer Hardware category. Six Computer Software companies received the award including Adobe, Microsoft and Symantec. Other tech-related companies in various categories include eBay, Texas Instruments and Xerox.

The WME rating system scores potential honorees based on five different core categories. 25 percent of the score represents ethics and compliance programs as outlined by the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Reputation, leadership and innovation account for 20 percent of the ranking, governance represents 10 percent, corporate citizenship and responsibility is 25 of the overall score and culture of ethics make up the remaining 20 percent.

Any organization, public or private, large or small, for profit or not can participate. To do so, a representative for said company must fill out a questionnaire based on the five core categories listed above. Once submitted, the WME selection committee will then verify information provided in the application and make their selection based on that.

Winners were invited to the WME Honoree Dinner held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York on March 15. Former US Secretary of State Madeline Albright made the keynote speech.

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MrAnderson said:

I'm more interested in those that make the World's most Unethical ... hardy har har... no... I'm serious.

howzz1854 said:

i find that funny.. consider Intel just got slapped with billions of fine for unethical business practice in Europe and US for unfair practice of subsidizing PC manufacturer to sell exclusive intel chips.

Ranger12 Ranger12 said:

Howzz wasn't that a couple years ago?

Guest said:

the microsoft windows has an old bug that is so rare that it has never been patched, plus it is relatively easy to fix. when you get the unauthorized error you have to reinstall windows, inconvenient yes, but easy. as for windows being a copy of mac's os lololololol what a *****! apple took freeBSD and slapped their logos on it.

as for ethical, apple hasnt innovated crap, but they sure can sue. and their eula's will eventually lead to lawsuits and their down fall. you cant keep screwing consumers, consumers will bite back......harder too

backo said:

Yes, it was.

mevans336 mevans336 said:

Hrm, the guest posts here have no method to filter or eliminate them.

Royalgok said:

I know who definitely wouldn't have made this list: Apple.. And Google for that matter

mevans336 mevans336 said:

royalgok said:

I know who definitely wouldn't have made this list: Apple.. And Google for that matter

Why not?

Guest said:

Pretty much any company that buys from foxconn will not even be considered on the ethical list; or at least one might think so. I wonder just how many companies out there in the hardware production (of any type) sector that abuse their employees. Yet if we take a look at Microsoft, Adobe, or Intel; I wonder if they at all buy from such companies.

Guest said:

Apple is not on the list; makes A LOT of sense.

H3llion H3llion, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Hitachi? Haha, they have yet to return my drive after 3 weeks from RMA that broke down within 5 months.

Guest said:

Intel ? Rigggghhhhht.

Guest said:

Why shouldn't they be on the list? They have been doing some great work for past few months/years in new types of technologies.

AMD Fanboy?


Guest said:

This is a sad day where 2 of the most ruthless and unethical companies make it as ethical what is this world coming to. Last time I used windows was in 2003 where they pissed me off. I installed a video card and the windows system disabled my computer telling me that the software I bought for $400 was pirated. I still have the box for it with the serial on the side. That is the day I swore I never use their products again. They screw with people who pay high price for their security risk reden software while giving away free in Africa to niggers that run scams on computers all day long like nigeria. The company is one of the most unethical. Also last time I checked microsoft windows is a total copy of mac os. Didn't Steve Jobs hire microsoft to write the os for mac and microsoft ends up being their biggest competitor having copied all the concepts. And this company who almost destroyed Apple with coming out at the time a cheaper version of Windows for a more popular platform without apples permitting it. Apple at the time probably didn't have the money to fight it. Like today where all trying to copy and use their ideas. Look at all these mobile devices with pop up keyboards and finger gestures. All using apples innovations. Wow this world is really screwed up. Microsoft Windows is the most insecure pieses of crap ware out there. All the doors are open the file system is a joke. Anyone has access to any file. And they call this ethical. Wow.

I have never seen anyone this jelly before LOL

Guest said:

Microsoft and Ethical in the same phrase? wow.....

hitech0101 said:

How does intel who has been found for guilty for unethical issues against AMD have any credibilty to make this list?

Camikazi said:

hitech0101 said:

How does intel who has been found for guilty for unethical issues against AMD have any credibilty to make this list?

Well this is annual and I don't think Intel or Microsoft has done anything bad in 2011 so yea they can be there. Remember annual means previous years do not matter.

Guest said:

About one month early for april fools.......

Microsoft/ethical = oxymoron

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