Milliken Named a 2016 World’s Most Ethical Company® for 10th Consecutive Year

Ethisphere® Institute honors Milliken’s 150-year commitment to ‘doing good’ through ethical practices, innovation leadership and corporate citizenship.

2016 World's Most Ethical CompaniesSpartanburg, S.C. – Milliken & Company, a global innovation company, has been recognized as a 2016 World’s Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Ethisphere and the World’s Most Ethical Companies designation, which recognizes those companies that align principle with action, work tirelessly to make trust part of their corporate DNA, and in doing so, share future industry standards by introducing tomorrow’s best practices.

Milliken is one of just 14 companies to receive this honor every year since Ethisphere’s inception in 2007 and one of 21 privately held companies to be recognized this year.

A community of innovators dedicated to finding new ways to solve problems and enhance people’s lives, Milliken makes a conscious effort to instill high ethical values throughout its daily business practices. Corporate accountability, resource preservation and a shared mission to deliver innovations that ‘do good’ for the world are a few examples of why Milliken, a storied 150-year-old company, has earned this high honor for 10 consecutive years.

“The landscape of corporate ethics is changing, driven by an increasing desire for transparent relationships with companies in the industries and local communities in which they operate,” shared Joe Salley, Milliken & Company president and CEO. “Strong ethical values and a passion for meaningful innovation unite all Milliken associates worldwide.”

“Milliken’s 150 years demonstrate what few companies can: a sustainable business advantage supported by their values and commitment to ethics and innovation,” explained Ethisphere CEO Timothy Erblich. “Milliken recognizes the correlation between ethics and performance and the value this creates for its communities, customers, and associates. Congratulations to everyone at Milliken for being recognized as a 2016 World’s Most Ethical Company and on your 150-year anniversary.”

Methodology and Scoring

The World’s Most Ethical Company assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient™ (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 percent), corporate citizenship and responsibility (20 percent), culture of ethics (20 percent), governance (15 percent) and leadership, innovation and reputation (10 percent) and provided to all companies who participate in the process.


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).

About Milliken

For 150 years, Milliken has been innovating with the purpose to explore, discover and create ways to enhance people’s lives. Our community of innovators has developed one of the larger collections of United States patents held by a private U.S. company. With expertise across a breadth of disciplines, including specialty chemical, floor covering and performance materials, we work around the world every day to add true value to people’s lives, improve health and safety, and help make this world more sustainable. For more information, visit and join us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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:

Download a PDF of the official press release.

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