Ethisphere Magazine, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, has named Booz Allen one of 2020’s World’s Most Ethical Companies. The firm joins a diverse and prestigious group of organizations that includes Accenture, Intel, IBM, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Salesforce, USAA, and more.
“At Booz Allen, we are committed to making the future work for everyone,” said Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer Nancy Laben. “Our ethics and professional integrity have guided us for more than 100 years, and today we are more committed than ever to living our values out loud. This recognition is a testament to Booz Allen’s people and their willingness to act with integrity and courage every single day.”
Ethics as a core business value
The World’s Most Ethical Companies assessment process includes more than 200 data points on culture, environmental and social practices, ethics and compliance activities, governance, diversity and initiatives to support a strong value chain. The process serves as an operating framework to capture and codify the leading practices of organizations across industries and around the globe.
Booz Allen models strong principles and performance in areas such as:
Diversity and Inclusion: The firm has a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion and the role it plays in creating a more equitable, innovative, and effective professional environment. Booz Allen has industry-leading diverse representation at the Board of Directors and leadership team levels, and recently launched Unstoppable, an intersectional movement for all employees—women, multicultural, disabilities, LGBTQ, military vets, and allies — to celebrate the company’s diverse workforce, foster understanding and inclusion, and spark meaningful conversation.
Ethics and Compliance: Dating back to its founding partners Edwin Booz and Jim Allen, Booz Allen has believed that the values of corporate and individual citizenship make communities better for all. The firm continues this tradition of integrity by continually emphasizing to employees the role that ethics and compliance play in all business decisions.
Ethics and AI: Booz Allen has become an outspoken leader in the ethics of new technologies, especially the emerging dialogue around ethics and artificial intelligence (AI). Modzy™, the firm’s enterprise AI software product, builds ethical and governance considerations into the platform to help organizations defend against bias and adversarial use. Booz Allen employees are trained to recognize and prevent bias in our solutions.
Ethisphere previously profiled Booz Allen’s holistic PowerUP wellness program, which emphasizes emotional, physical and mental wellness for employees, citing the program as “a model for leaders and companies seeking to transform their own culture.”
“In today’s digital era, ethics has grown from the way we conduct ourselves to part of our core business value,” said Laben. “As we look ahead, we’re more confident than ever in our ability to raise the bar for ethical standards in our industry and beyond.”
Source: Green Justice