May 19, 2020

US Business Scores Big on World's Most Ethical Companies List

Business leaders
Bizclik Editor
3 min
US Business Scores Big on World's Most Ethical Companies List


Each year, the research-based Ethisphere Institute puts together a list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies, with the understanding that ethics and performance are two business values that are forever linked.

“Ethics are absolute. Business ethics are relational. And ethical leadership requires a position,” says Ethisphere. “The winners of the World’s Most Ethical Companies are the standouts. Each of these companies will have materially higher scores versus their competitors.”

Winners of the designation are chosen through a fairly simple process. Companies can submit a nomination if they feel they are worthy of the ranking and Ethisphere contacts companies that have received third-party nominations and winners of past years. Then, all nominated companies can submit an Ethics Quotient Survey. Ethisphere researches and verifies all information and conducts data analysis to determine the winners, using its definition of ethical business leadership, which includes its credo, “Good. Smart. Business. Profit.”

Although the key to ethics is putting fairness and positivity before profits, Ethisphere has proof that an investment in ethical practices can prove to be lucrative for businesses. The graph below shows how publically traded World’s Most Ethical Company honorees stack up against the S &P 500:

Overall, US companies dominate the list, but not across all industries. What’s the one category with multiple honorees and no US presence? Banking.

Here’s the full list of US-based companies that made the cut, across all industries. For Ethisphere’s complete global list, click here.

Aerospace: Rockwell Collins Inc., The Aerospace Corporation

Apparel: Gap, Patagonia, Timberland

Auctions: eBay

Automotive: Cummins, Ford Motor Company, Johnson Controls

Business Services: Dun & Bradstreet, Noblis

Chemicals: Ecolab, JM Huber

Computer Hardware: Hitachi Data Systems

Computer Software: Adobe Systems, Microsoft,, Symantec Corporation, Teradata Corporation

Construction and Engineering: Granite Construction, Parsons Corporation

Consumer Electronics: Xerox

Consumer Products: Colgate-Palmolive Company

Diversified Industries: General Electric Co.

Electronics and Semiconductors: Freescale Semiconductor, Texas Instruments

Energy and Utilities: NextEra Energy, Inc., Wisconsin Energy Corporation

Engineering and Design: AECOM Technology Corporation, CH2M Hill, Fluor Corporation

Environmental Services: Waste Management

Financial Services: American Express, NYSE Euronext, The Hartford Financial Services Group

Food and Beverage: General Mills, PepsiCo, Solae, Stonyfield Farm

Food Stores: Wegmans, Whole Foods Market

Forestry, Paper and Packaging: International Paper

Healthcare Services: Baptist Health South Florida, Hospital Corporation of America, Premier

Hotels, Travel and Hospitality: Kimpton Hotels, Marriot International, Wyndham Worldwide

Industrial Manufacturing: Caterpillar, Deere & Company, Eaton Corporation, Milliken & Company

Insurance: Aflac Incorporated, Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Co.

Internet: Zappos

Medical Devices: Becton Dickinson

Real Estate: Jones Lang LaSalle

Restaurants and Cafes: Starbucks Coffee Company

Specialty Pharma: Medicis

Specialty Retail: Best Buy Co., Target, Ten Thousand Villages

Staffing: Manpower

Telecom Hardware: Avaya Inc., Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks

Telecom Services: T-Mobile USA

Transportation and Logistics: UPS

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Jun 13, 2021

Marketing matters: from IBM to Kyndryl

Kate Birch
5 min
Former CMO for IBM Americas Maria Bartolome Winans was recently named CMO for Kyndryl. Maria talks about her new role and her leadership style

Former Chief Marketing Officer for IBM Americas, and an IBM veteran of more than 25 years, Maria Bartolome Winans was recently named CMO for Kyndryl.

Prior to joining Kyndryl as Chief Marketing Officer, Maria had a 25-year career at IBM, most recently as the tech giant’s CMO where she oversaw all marketing professionals and activities across North America, Canada and Latin America. She has held senior global marketing positions in a variety of disciplines and business units across IBM, most notably strategic initiatives in Smarter Cities and Watson Customer Engagement, as well as leading teams in services, business analytics, and mobile and industry solutions. She is known for her work with teams to leverage data, analytics and cloud technologies to build deeper engagements with customers and partners.

With a passion for marketing, business and people, and a recognized expert in data-driven marketing and brand engagement, Maria talks to Business Chief about her new role, her leadership style and what success means to her.

You've recently moved from IBM to Kyndryl, joining as CMO. Tell us about this exciting new role?

I’m Chief Marketing Officer for Kyndryl, the independent company that will be created following the separation from IBM of its Managed Infrastructure Services business, expected to occur by the end of 2021. My role is to plan, develop, and execute Kyndryl's marketing and advertising initiatives. This includes building a company culture and brand identity on which we base our marketing and advertising strategy.

We have an amazing opportunity ahead at Kyndryl to create a company brand that will stand apart in the market by leading with our people first. Once we are an independent company, each Kyndryl employee will advance the vital systems that power human progress. Our people are devoted, restless, empathetic, and anticipatory – key qualities needed as we build on existing customer relationships and cultivate new ones. Our people are at the heart of this business and I am deeply hopeful and excited for our future.

What experiences have helped prepare you for this new opportunity?

I’ve had a very rich and diverse career history at IBM that has lasted 25+ years. I started out in sales but landed explored opportunities at IBM in different roles, business units, geographies, and functions. Marketing and business are my passions and I landed on Marketing because it allowed me to utilize both my left and right brain, bringing together art and science. In college, I was no tonly a business major, but an art major. I love marketing because I can leverage my extensive knowledge of business, while also being able to think openly and creatively.

The opportunities I was given during my time at IBM and my natural curiosity have led me to the path I’m on now and there’s no better next career step than a once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity to help launch a company. The core of my role at Kyndryl is to create a culture centered on our people and growing up in my career at IBM has allowed me to see first-hand how to prioritize people and ensure they are at the heart of progress in everything Kyndryl will do.

How would you describe your leadership style?

I believe that people aren't your greatest assets, they are your only assets. My platform and background for leadership has always been grounded in authenticity to who I am and centered on diversity and inclusion. I immigrated to the US from Chile when I was 10 years old and so I know the power and beauty that comes from leaning into what makes you different from other people, and that's what I want every person in my marketing organization to feel – the value in bringing their most authentic self to work every day. The way our employees feel when they show up for themselves authentically is how they will also show up for our customers, and strong relationships drive growth.

I think this is especially true in light of a world forever changed by the pandemic. Living through such an unprecedented time has reinforced that we are all humans. We can't lead or care for one another without empathy and I think leaders everywhere have been reminded of this.

What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?

When I was growing up as an immigrant in North Carolina, I often wanted to be just like everyone else. But my mother always told me: Be unique, be memorable – you have an authentic view and experience of the world that no one else will ever have, so don't try to be anyone else but you.

What does success look like to you?

I think the concept of success is multi-faceted. From a career perspective, being in a job where you're respected and appreciated, and where you can see how your contributions are providing value by motivating your teams to be better – that's success! From a personal perspective, there is no greater accomplishment than investing in the next generation. I love mentoring younger professionals – they are the future. I want my legacy as a leader to include providing value in work culture, but also in leaving a personal impact on the lives of professionals who will carry the workforce forward. Finding a position in life with a job and company that offers me a chance at all of that is what success looks like to me.

What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?

I've always been a naturally curious person and it's easy for me to over-commit to projects that pique my interest. I've learned over years of practice how to manage that, so to my younger self I’d say… prioritize the things that are most important, and then become amazing at those things.

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