Dell Named as a 2016 World’s Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute

Achievement for third consecutive year recognizes:

  • Dell’s core value of winning with integrity
  • Dell’s continued focus on accountability across all levels of the
  • Dell’s high ethical standards and commitment to conducting business
    in the best interest of customers, suppliers and partners

ROUND ROCK, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dell today announced that it has been recognized by the Ethisphere
Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of
ethical business practices as a 2016
World’s Most Ethical Company®

This year marks the tenth anniversary of Ethisphere and the World’s Most
Ethical Companies designation, which recognizes those companies who
align principle with action, work tirelessly to make trust part of their
corporate DNA, and in doing so, shape future industry standards by
introducing tomorrow’s best practices today.

Dell has been recognized for three consecutive years. Dell is one of
only four companies in the Technology category, underscoring their
commitment to leading ethical business standards and practices.

“I’m proud of our team members worldwide who act ethically and in the
best interest of our customers every day,” said Michael Dell, chairman
and CEO of Dell. “We’re thrilled for Dell to be recognized as one of the
World’s Most Ethical Companies.”

“Doing the right thing, and winning the right way is personal at Dell.
It’s the way we do business,” said Michael McLaughlin, Dell’s chief
ethics and compliance officer. “This award, and the other recognition
Dell has received, recognizes Dell’s commitment to integrity and our
promise to continue to strive to live our purpose and values in all we

“From its leadership structure and governance practices to its
environmental efforts and employee engagement, Dell takes their role as
a corporate citizen seriously,” said Ethisphere Chief Executive Officer,
Timothy Erblich. “Innovation and their long-term goals for social and
environmental change are efforts we support and encourage and align with
our goal of improving the human condition. Congratulations to everyone
at Dell for being recognized as a 2016 World’s Most Ethical Company.”

The award from the Ethisphere Institute adds to previous Dell corporate
governance recognition. The company in 2013 was presented the Principled
Performance Award by OCEG, an industry-leading, non-profit think tank
dedicated to assisting companies in achieving their governance, risk and
compliance objectives, and in 2014, Dell received an innovation award
from TRACE for Dell’s innovative third-party program.

Dell is committed to a culture of integrating ethics and compliance into
daily decision-making. Dell believes acting ethically in all we do is
good business and important to our customers, suppliers and strategic
partners. As a result, critical programs have been developed to address
key risks across the enterprise. These programs operate under the
oversight of the Dell Global Risk and Compliance Council (GRCC), which
includes members of the Dell Executive Leadership Team and strategic
functional heads such as Ethics, Audit and Accounting. This Council
ensures both top-level leadership support and appropriate resources are
available for Dell’s risk and compliance programs, and that ethical
decision-making informs strategic decision-making at the company.

Methodology & Scoring

The World’s Most Ethical Company assessment is based upon the Ethisphere
Institute’s Ethics
™ (EQ) framework developed over years of research and vetted
and refined by the expert advice from Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical
Company Methodology
Advisory Panel
. The EQ offers a quantitative way to assess a
company’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way.
The information collected provides a comprehensive sampling of
definitive criteria of core competencies, rather than all aspects of
corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics.

Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance
program (35%), corporate citizenship and responsibility (20%), culture
of ethics (20%), governance (15%) and leadership, innovation and
reputation (10%) and provided to all companies who participate in the


The full list of the 2016 World’s Most Ethical Companies can be found at

Best practices and insights from the 2016 honorees will be released in
the form of a whitepaper and infographics over the next few months (download
the 2015 insights
). Organizations interested in how they compare to
the World’s Most Ethical Companies are invited to participate in the Ethics

About Dell

Dell Inc. listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and
services that give them the power to do more. For more information,

About the Ethisphere Institute

The Ethisphere® Institute is the global leader in defining and advancing
the standards of ethical business practices that fuel corporate
character, marketplace trust and business success. Ethisphere has deep
expertise in measuring and defining core ethics standards using
data-driven insights that help companies enhance corporate character.
Ethisphere honors superior achievement through its World’s Most Ethical
Companies® recognition program, provides a community of
industry experts with the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA) and
showcases trends and best practices in ethics with the publication of Ethisphere
magazine. More information about Ethisphere can be found at:


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