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Equipment manufacturers recognized as 2024 World's Most Ethical Companies

By Stephen Elliott

March 10, 2024

Deere & Co.World's Most Ethical Companies, Moline, Ill.; Lincoln Electric Co., Cleveland; Oshkosh Corp., Oshkosh, Wis., and Polaris, Medina, Minn., are among the companies recognized by Ethisphere as the 2024 World’s Most Ethical Companies®. The four companies are among 136 honorees spanning 20 countries and 44 industries.

The World’s Most Ethical Companies assessment is grounded in Ethisphere’s proprietary Ethics Quotient®, an extensive questionnaire that requires companies to provide over 240 different proof points on culture; environmental, social and governance practices; ethics and compliance; diversity, equity, and inclusion; initiatives that support a strong value chain.

That data undergoes qualitative analysis by its panel of experts who spend thousands of hours vetting and evaluating each year’s group of applications. The process serves as an operating framework to capture and codify best-in-class practices from organizations across industries and from around the world.

“We are honored to be recognized for operating our business responsibly, sustainably and ethically,” said Ignacio Cortina, executive vice president and chief legal officer for Oshkosh Corp. “I’m truly proud of our 17,000 team members who make this recognition possible.”

“It’s always inspiring to recognize the World’s Most Ethical Companies. Through the rigorous review process, we see the dedication of these organizations to continually improving their ethics, compliance, and governance practices to the benefit of all stakeholders,” said Erica Salmon Byrne, Ethisphere’s chief strategy officer and executive chair.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to once again be recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. It’s a reflection of our deep-rooted commitment to operating with integrity, which drives everything we do globally,” said Felecia Pryor, chief people officer, John Deere.

“We are honored to be recognized by Ethisphere for the sixth time for how we actively nurture a culture where integrity and ethics are the foundation of everything we do,” said Steven Hedlund, president and CEO, Lincoln Electric Co.

“We believe every employee’s actions and decisions make a difference. As an organization, we remain committed to educating employees and helping them understand the resources and tools available to support them,” said Ash Mishra, Polaris global head of ethics & compliance.