Cleveland Clinic Named One of World’s Most Ethical Companies

Healthcare system earns designation for 11th time

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Cleveland Clinic has been recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies 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 2021 list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies includes 135 honorees from 22 countries and 47 industries. Cleveland Clinic is one of just seven healthcare providers to make this year’s list. Cleveland Clinic has received this recognition for the 11th time.

Cleveland Clinic earned its first Ethisphere ranking in 2009. It has established itself as an industry leader through its strong ethics and compliance program, in addition to a variety of innovative initiatives.

“Cleveland Clinic is committed to doing what’s right – for our patients, our caregivers, the organization and the greater community,” said Donald A. Sinko, Cleveland Clinic’s Chief Integrity Officer. “Caring for every patient is a lifetime partnership built on trust. And integrity is our foundational value on which trust is built.”

This year, Cleveland Clinic celebrates its centennial – 100 years of serving and caring for others. The culture of innovation and commitment, coupled with integrity in all aspects of the organization, will continue to serve patients, employees and the community well into the future.

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. 2021 marks the 15th year that Ethisphere has honored companies with this designation.

“2020 presented tough challenges for everyone, especially healthcare providers. Through it all, Cleveland Clinic continued its commitment to ethics and integrity, earning the trust of its patients, caregivers and community,” said Ethisphere CEO, Timothy Erblich. “For more than a decade, Cleveland Clinic has been listed among the World’s Most Ethical Companies and has demonstrated the highest values while positively impacting the communities it serves.”

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, 19 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