I look at many things through a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act lens. It’s an occupational hazard I guess.
So when looking at this year’s “Most Ethical Companies” list published by Ethisphere, I looked for FCPA violators or companies currently under FCPA scrutiny – and like prior year’s – there were quite a few.
For starters, the “Most Ethical Companies” list has become diluted. This year, Ethisphere recognized 135 companies. By comparison, when Ethisphere first released its list in 2007 there were 92 companies. But who knows, perhaps companies have become ethical.
The following 2023 “Most Ethical Companies” honorees have resolved FCPA enforcement actions: ADM, Allianz, Elbit Systems, Eli Lilly, HP, IBM, Johnson Controls, Juniper Networks, Linde, Rockwell Automation, Pfizer, and Schnitzer Steel.
The following 2023 “Most Ethical Companies” honorees are currently under FCPA scrutiny: 3M, Edwards Life Sciences, and Leidos.