Cleveland Clinic is one of just five healthcare providers worldwide on the 2020 list by the Ethisphere Institute, which describes itself as “advancing the standards of ethical business practices that fuel corporate character, marketplace trust and business success.”
The 2020 list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies includes 132 organizations from 21 countries and 51 industries.
Cleveland Clinic, which earned its first Ethisphere ranking in 2009, has established itself as an industry leader through its strong ethics and compliance program and a variety of innovative initiatives that demonstrate its commitment to patients, employees and the community.
In recent years, Cleveland Clinic has instituted a $15 minimum wage and fully paid maternity/parental leave for eligible caregivers; initiated novel safety and quality strategies, including a Speak Up Award, safety checklists and system-wide daily huddles; embraced diversity and inclusion as an organizational strength; promoted environmentally friendly building and sustainability programs; and supported the community through workforce development, educational programs and a “community service time off” policy to encourage employee volunteering.
“Cleveland Clinic is committed to doing what’s right, whether it’s for our patients, our caregivers, the community or the overall organization,” said Donald A. Sinko, Cleveland Clinic’s Chief Integrity Officer. “We nurture a culture that treats patients and fellow caregivers as family, actively supports our communities and strives to provide the best healthcare anywhere.”
The World’s Most Ethical Companies assessment process includes more than 200 questions on culture, diversity, governance, environmental and social practices, and ethics and compliance activities.
“Employees and communities are putting their greatest trust in companies today – to do the right thing and lead the way with integrity,” said Ethisphere’s Chief Executive Officer Timothy Erblich. “This is a moment to acknowledge the leaders working to advance corporate cultures defined by integrity and affirm those companies contributing to broader societal imperatives and the greater good.”