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Most Ethical Retail Companies in the World 2013-2007 - Starbucks, Target, Gap

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Most Ethical Retail Companies in the World 2013-2007 - Starbucks, Target, Gap
© Starbucks Corporation reprinted with permission from news.starbucks.com
Updated April 16, 2014
What are the most ethical retail companies in the world in 2013? According to the annual report from the Ethisphere Institute, there are 17 retail companies that deserved to be included on the 2013 “World’s Most Ethical Companies” list and three U.S. retailers that have been conducting business in an exemplary ethical manner since the annual report on ethics was first released in 2007.

Creating some kind of quantifiable measurements which determines whether a company is ethical or not is tricky business. But the Ethisphere Institute used a committee comprised of attorneys, professors, government officials, organization leaders, and, of course, Ethisphere members to do create just such a ethics measuring methodology. The Ethisphere Institute think tank believes that company ethics can, and should, be measured in seven categories:
  • Corporate Citizenship and Responsibility
  • Corporate Governance
  • Innovation that Contributes to the Public Well Being
  • Industry leadership
  • Executive Leadership and Tone from the Top
  • Legal, Regulatory and Reputation Track Record
  • Internal Systems and Ethics/Compliance Program
Of the 41 U.S. retail chains that have been recognized for being a “world’s most ethical” company since the Ethisphere annual report was first released in 2007, only three of the largest U.S. retail chains have been recognized every year. The Gap, Target, and Starbucks have been judged to not only have exemplary ethical standards and policies, but also consistently high ethical practices every year between 2007 and 2013.

What follows is a complete list of all international retail companies and companies with retailing as a significant part of their business which have been recognized as a “World’s Most Ethical Retail Company” between 2007 and 2013. The list is arranged alphabetically, and the dates below each company name indicates each year that the company was recognized for its ethical business.

Adidas
2011

AEON (Japan)
2007

Aldi Group (Germany)
2007

Aveda
2008

Best Buy
2012
2011
2010
2009

BMW (Germany)
2009
2008

Costco
2012
2007

Dell
2009

eBay
2013
2012

Ford Motor Company
2013
2012
2011
2010

Gap
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007

Google
2010
2009
2008
2007

Hennes & Mauritz (H&M, Sweden)
2013
2011
2007

Honda (Japan)
2008

IKEA (Sweden)
2010
2009
2008
2007

Kesko (Finland)
2012
2011

Marks and Spencer (UK)
2013
2012
2009
2008
2007 McDonald's
2009
2008
2007

Microsoft
2013
2012
2011

Nike
2010
2009
2008
2007

OfficeMax
2013
2012

Otto GmbH & Co (Germany)
2007

Patagonia
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007

Petco
2013
2012

Petro-Canada (Canada)
2008

SONAE (Portugal)
2013
2012
2011

Safeway
2013
2012
2009

Sherwin-Williams
2013

Starbucks
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007

T-Mobile
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009

Target
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007

Ten Thousand Villages
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008

The Co-operative Group (UK)
2013
2012
2011

Timberland
2012
2011
2008
2007

Toyota
2009
2007

Trader Joe's
2010
2009
2008

Volvo
2007

Wegmans
2012
2011
2010
2007

Wesfarmers (Australia)
2007

Whole Foods Market
2013
2012
2011
2010
2007

Zappos
2011
2010
2009

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