GIA Designated a 2014 World’s Most Ethical Company
Ethisphere Institute announces honoreesCARLSBAD, Calif. – March 20, 2014 – The Ethisphere® Institute has named GIA (Gemological Institute of America) as a 2014 World’s Most Ethical Company®. This is the second year in a row the 83-year old nonprofit Institute has received the designation, which recognizes its continued efforts to build and maintain a superior ethics and compliance program. GIA’s mission is to ensure the public trust in gems and jewelry through research discoveries, education, laboratory services and instrument development.
“We’re honored to be recognized by the Ethisphere Institute for the second consecutive year. This designation is truly a testament to the tremendous dedication of GIA staff to conduct every aspect of our global activities with the utmost integrity and according to the best principles of ethical business practice. Everything we do revolves around GIA’s public-benefit mission, and our compliance program is always a priority,” said Susan Jacques, GIA’s president and CEO.
“The entire community of World’s Most Ethical Companies believe that customers, employees, investors and regulators place a high premium on trust and that ethics and good governance are key in earning it,” said Ethisphere’s Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich. “GIA joins an exclusive community committed to driving performance through leading business practices. We congratulate everyone at GIA for this extraordinary achievement.”
To be included in the annual list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies, organizations must demonstrate an active role in promoting ethical business practices internally and exceeding legal compliance standards. The Ethisphere Institute is an independent research center dedicated to promoting best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability.
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