It’s clear that just as regulatory oversight has never been more complex, public expectations about transparency, corporate culture and business behavior are part of everyday conversation. These factors, among others, have led to an expansion in the field of ethics and compliance. Leading practices of prior years have become today’s standards and new best practices continually redefine the profession.

This whitepaper is based upon responses to the 2015 Ethics Quotient survey, and compares results of those honored as 2015 World’s Most Ethical Companies to the other companies in the data set. To help identify developing trends, we’ve also compared data from World’s Most Ethical Company honorees over the past several years. These two approaches offer a robust analysis far different from other surveys and permits readers to gain a clearer understanding of how leading companies are moving their programs and practices forward.