Cleveland Clinic Again Named One of World’s Most Ethical Companies

1 of Only 5 Healthcare Providers Recognized by Ethisphere Institute

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For the tenth time in the past 12 years, Cleveland Clinic has been recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies.

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.

Donald A. Sinko

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.”

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 67,554 employees worldwide are more than 4,520 salaried physicians and researchers, and 17,000 registered nurses and advanced practice providers, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic is a 6,026-bed health system that includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 18 hospitals, more than 220 outpatient facilities, and locations in southeast Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2019, there were 9.8 million total outpatient visits, 309,000 hospital admissions and observations, and 255,000 surgical cases throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at Follow us at and News and resources available at

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