Microsoft has been selected as one of the world's most ethical companies by the Ethisphere Institute, an organization dedicated to "defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices." Microsoft is joined by Dell, Salesforce, Adobe, and many others among the honorees. In total, Ethisphere's list for 2018 includes 135 companies across 23 countries and 57 industries (via Venturebeat).
According to Ethisphere, companies were chosen for the list based on its Ethics Quotient (EQ) framework, which takes into account each company's approach to five categories: ethics and compliance program, corporate citizenship and responsibility, culture of ethics, governance, and leadership, innovation and reputation. Participating companies are then given a score, which lets them see how they compare to others organizations.
"At Microsoft, trust and integrity are core to our values and critical to our success. We're passionate about applying the power of technology to improve our world, and that starts with doing business in a way that builds and maintains trust with our customers," said Microsoft President Brad Smith. "Microsoft is honored to be named once again to the World's Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere because it reflects our passion to make a lasting impact on the world around us."
This makes the eighth year in a row that Microsoft has made Ethisphere's list. LinkedIn, which Microsoft aqcuired in 2016, is also included among 2018's honorees.