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SCA retains place in the world's most ethical list

Published 11th April, 2012 by Neil Nixon

SCA retains place in the world's most ethical list

SCA has been named as one of the most ethical companies in the world for a fifth consecutive year. And the manufacturer of Tork products is the only tissue manufacturer to have appeared on multiple occasions in the prestigious list.

"SCA's track record in ethical business practices and strong environmental performance is a business differentiator strengthening our competitive advantage," said Jan Johansson, SCA president and CEO. “Our ambitious work in this area makes us more attractive for customers, consumers and investors, and also generates considerable savings. SCA puts sustainability on top of the agenda, and we are honoured by Ethisphere's recognition of our achievements."

A record high of nearly 5000 companies were considered for inclusion by the Ethisphere Institute this year. The 2012 list comprises 145 organisations - the highest number since the award’s inception in 2007.

The 2012 listing includes household names such as Starbucks, Costco and Marks and Spencer. Only 43 companies worldwide - SCA included - have appeared in the list five times or more.

“There are more companies on the list this year as the process has become even more competitive,” said Alex Brigham, executive director of the Ethisphere Institute. “More and more companies are realising how ethics can be an important competitive advantage in the global economy. Companies that are ethical tend to realise that doing the right thing is actually good for business - and they drive and encourage a culture that emphasises that.”

The World’s Most Ethical Companies list recognises those organisations that go beyond making statements about doing business ‘ethically’ and that actually translate their words into action. SCA regularly receives recognition for its sustainable policies. Earlier this year the company was ranked best in the tissue category in WWF’s latest environmental assessment of paper producers. And in February SCA was awarded first prize in the Ecology category of the Grünes Band Sustainability Award at the 2012 Intergastra fair in Stuttgart.

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