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Food maker ranks among 'World's Most Ethical'

March 9, 2016
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A food maker in the region is considered one of the most ethical companies in the world.

Battle Creek-based Kellogg Company has earned a spot on the 2016 ranking of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies,” which was released this week by the Ethisphere Institute.

Kellogg ranks No. 4 in the food, beverage and agriculture category.

Kellogg is one of 131 companies across 21 countries in the ranking.

Ford Motor Company also earned a spot in the ranking in the automotive category.


Ethisphere recognizes companies that have taken leadership roles around standards of behavior and issues like corporate leadership, transparency, diversity, governance and measurable values-based leadership.

The ranking is based on Ethisphere’s Ethics Quotient framework, developed by years of research and vetted and refined by Ethisphere’s methodology advisory panel.

Information from the companies is collected Ethisphere, and scores are generated in five key categories, each making up a percentage of the total score.

Companies are rated on their 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).


Kellogg said this week that it prides itself on its commitment to “integrity, accountability, passion, humility, simplicity and a focus on success.”

Employees who demonstrate these K Values are awarded the W.K. Kellogg Values Award, one of the company’s highest honors.

Kellogg produces more than 1,600 foods and posted sales of $13.5 billion in 2015.

Through its Breakfasts for Better Days global hunger initiative, Kellogg has provided more than 1.4 billion servings of cereal and snacks to children and families in need around the world.

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