Survey: Aramark among world's most ethical companies

Aramark headquarters in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke / Associated Press)

Philadelphia-based foodservice operator Aramark is one of 144 firms named as the World's Most Ethical Companies in the eighth annual survey conducted by The Ethisphere Institute, a New York-based management consulting firm.

Ethisphere uses a "series of multiple choice questions that capture a company's performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way," according to its web site. The aim is to quantify and promote best practices in corporate ethics with the hope of encouraging other firms to behave ethically.

Among the dozen members of a an advisory panel for the survey was Thomas Donaldson, a professor of legal studies and business ethics at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.

This isn't Aramark's first time winning the accolade. The company, which has its national headquarters in a 32-story tower at 12th and Market streets, was similarly applauded by the survey in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

"As a global leader committed to enriching and nourishing lives, we take great pride in the way we conduct our business," said Eric Foss, president and CEO of Aramark. "This honor reflects our commitment to service excellence by all of our teams globally, who hold themselves accountable to operating in accordance with the highest ethical standards each and every day."

Other national and international firms with Philly-area offices but based elsewhere were named to this year's list, including Accenture, CBRE, Paychex, The Nature Conservancy and Waste Management.

"Company honorees not only promote ethical business standards and practices internally, they embed the theory of 'conscious capitalism' into everything they do, every employee they hire, and every partner they bring into their network to ensure they deliver long-term value to key stakeholders including customers, suppliers, regulators, and investors," according to a statement from Ethisphere.

Here's the complete list:

Company Name Country Industry
3M Company USA industrial manufacturing
ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd SWITZERLAND energy, oil and gas
Accenture USA business services
Adobe Systems Incorporated USA computer software
AECOM USA engineering and design
AES Corporation USA energy and utilities: electric
Aflac Incorporated USA insurance: health
All Good Organics NEW ZEALAND food and beverage products manufacturing
Alyeska Pipeline Service Company USA energy, oil and gas
Applied Materials, Inc. USA electronics
Aramark USA food service
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. USA insurance: brokerage
Atlas Copco AB SWEDEN industrial manufacturing
Autoridad del Canal de Panama USA transportation and logistics
Avnet, Inc. USA electronics
Banco do Brasil S.A. BRAZIL banking
Baptist Health South Florida USA healthcare services
BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina USA insurance: health
Blue Shield of California USA insurance: health
Capgemini FRANCE business services
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield USA insurance: health
CBRE USA real estate
Cementos Progreso GUATEMALA industrial manufacturing
CH2M Hill USA engineering and design
Cisco Systems, Inc. USA telecommunication equipment
Cleveland Clinic USA healthcare services
Colgate-Palmolive Company USA consumer products manufacturing
CRH plc IRELAND construction
Cummins Inc. USA Automotive
CUNA Mutual Group USA financial services
Deere & Company USA industrial manufacturing
Dell Inc. USA computer hardware
Dun & Bradstreet, Inc. (D&B) USA business services
Eastman Chemical Company USA chemicals
Eaton USA industrial manufacturing
eBay Inc. USA retail
Ecolab USA chemicals
Elbit Systems of America
aerospace & defense
Encana Corporation CANADA energy, oil and gas
Energias de Portugal, S.A. (EDP) PORTUGAL energy and utilities: electric
ENMAX Corporation CANADA energy and utilities: electric
Ethical Fruit Company Ltd UNITED KINGDOM agriculture
Express Scripts Holding Company USA healthcare services
Fluor Corporation USA engineering and design
Ford Motor Company USA automotive
Gap Inc. USA apparel
Gemological Institute of America (GIA) USA professional, scientific and technical services
General Electric Company USA industrial manufacturing
Google, Inc. USA computer services
Granite Construction Inc. USA construction
H. B. Fuller USA chemicals
Hasbro, Inc. USA consumer products manufacturing
Henkel AG & Co. KGaA GERMANY consumer products manufacturing
Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M) SWEDEN apparel
Henry Schein, Inc. USA healthcare products
Hitachi Data Systems USA computer hardware
Holland America Line USA leisure and hospitality
Holland America Line-Seabourn
leisure and hospitality
Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) USA healthcare services
Iberdrola, S.A. SPAIN energy and utilities: electric
IHCC (International Hospitals Construction Company) SAUDI ARABIA construction
illycaffè spa ITALY food and beverage products manufacturing
Ingredion Incorporated USA food and beverage products manufacturing
ING U.S. USA financial services
Intel Corporation USA computer hardware
International Paper USA forestry, paper and packaging
Johnson Controls USA industrial manufacturing
Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated USA real estate
Juniper Networks, Inc. USA telecommunications equipment
Kao Corporation JAPAN consumer products manufacturing
Kellogg Company USA food and beverage products manufacturing
Kennametal Inc. USA industrial manufacturing
Kimberly-Clark Corporation USA consumer products manufacturing
Knights of Columbus USA insurance: life
L'ORÉAL FRANCE health and beauty
Levi Strauss & Co. USA apparel
ManpowerGroup USA business services
Marks and Spencer UNITED KINGDOM retail
Marriott International, Inc. USA leisure and hospitality
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company USA Insurance: Life
Mattel, Inc. USA consumer products manufacturing
Microsoft Corporation USA computer software
Milliken & Company USA industrial manufacturing
National Australia Bank AUSTRALIA banking
National Grid USA energy and utilities: electric
Natura Cosméticos BRAZIL consumer products manufacturing
NextEra Energy, Inc. USA energy and utilities: electric
NiSource, Inc. USA energy and utilites: natural gas
Noblis, Inc. USA professional, scientific and technical services
Northern Trust Corporation USA financial services
Northumbrian Water Group UNITED KINGDOM energy and utlities: water
Novation, LLC USA healthcare services
Old National Bancorp USA banking
Parsons Corporation USA engineering and design
Paychex, Inc. USA business services
PepsiCo, Inc. USA food and beverage products manufacturing
Petco Animal Supplies, Inc. USA retail
PKN ORLEN S.A. POLAND energy, oil and gas
Premier, Inc USA healthcare services
Premier Farnell plc UNITED KINGDOM electronics
Realogy Holdings Corp. USA real estate
Rockwell Automation, Inc. USA electronics
Rockwell Collins USA aerospace & defense
Safeway Inc. USA retail, inc. USA computer software
Saltchuk Resources, Inc. USA transportation and logistics
SCA, Svenska Cellulosa AB SWEDEN consumer products manufacturing
Schneider Electric SA FRANCE industrial manufacturing
Sempra Energy USA energy and utilites: natural g
Sharp HealthCare USA healthcare services
Shiseido Company, Limited JAPAN health and beauty
SingTel SINGAPORE telecommunications services
Sompo Japan Insurance Inc. JAPAN insurance: property and casualty
Sonae PORTUGAL retail
Spectra Energy Corp. USA energy, oil and gas
Starbucks Coffee Company USA retail
Swiss Re SWITZERLAND insurance: re-insurance
Symantec USA computer software
TATA Power Company INDIA energy, oil and gas
Teachers Mutual Bank AUSTRALIA banking
Ten Thousand Villages USA retail
Teradata Corporation USA computer software
Texas Instruments Incorporated USA electronics
The Aerospace Corporation USA aerospace and defense
The Hartford Financial Services Group USA insurance: general
The Nature Conservancy USA environmental services
The Rezidor Hotel Group BELGIUM leisure and hospitality
The Timken Company USA industrial manufacturing
Thomson Reuters USA professional, scientific and technical services
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans USA financial services
Time Warner Inc. USA media
T-Mobile USA, Inc. USA telecommunications services
Unibail-Rodamco SE FRANCE real estate
University Hospitals USA healthcare services
UPS USA transportation and logistics
Visa Inc. USA financial services
Waste Management USA environmental services
Westpac Banking Corporation AUSTRALIA banking
Weyerhaeuser Company USA forestry, paper and packaging
William E. Connor & Associates Ltd. HONG KONG consumer products manufacturing
Wipro Limited INDIA computer software
Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation USA insurance: health
Xerox Corporation USA business services
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