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SCA in the world's most ethical list for fourth year running

Published 28th April, 2011 by Neil Nixon

SCA in the world's most ethical list for fourth year running

SCA has been named as one of the world’s most ethical companies for a fourth consecutive year. And the organisation is once again the only hygiene tissue manufacturer worldwide to appear in the rankings.

Jan Johansson, president and CEO of SCA, said: “SCA places a strong emphasis on corporate responsibility and we are very pleased about being named one of the world’s most ethical companies. It is recognition of all the employees’ work and how the extensive business of the SCA Group can be managed in a responsible manner.”

Only two other organisations in the forestry, paper and packaging sector were listed this year: Stora Enso which produces paper, packaging and wood products, and International Paper which specialises in office paper and consumer packaging.

The World’s Most Ethical Companies list, compiled each year by the Ethisphere Institute in New York, recognises those organisations that go beyond making statements about doing business ‘ethically’ and that actually translate their words into action.

According to the institute: “Investing in ethics is beneficial for any company, even in a recession. WME honorees demonstrate real and sustained ethical leadership within their industries, putting into real business practice the Institute’s credo of ‘Good. Smart. Business. Profit’.”

Hundreds of companies were assessed before the final list of 110 companies was compiled. Those that qualify need to demonstrate leading ethics and compliance programmes, particularly compared to those of their industry peers. There is no set number of companies that make the list each year.

The 2011 listing includes household names such as eBay, Microsoft and the Ford Motor Company. There are 36 new companies on the list, while 26 firms that appeared last year are excluded in the 2011 rankings.

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