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For Fifth Year, CH2M HILL Named to Ethisphere’s “World’s Most Ethical Companies”


Award Recognizes Exceptional Ethical Leadership Actively Upheld within Various Industries

CH2M HILL, a global full-service consulting, design, construction, and operations firm, has been recognized for the fifth consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the 2013 World’s Most Ethical Companies. The seventh annual list from leading international think-tank Ethisphere Institute highlights companies that outperform industry peers when it comes to ethical behavior. The 2013 WME companies are those that truly embrace ethical business practice and demonstrate industry leadership, forcing peers to follow suit or fall behind.

“We are certainly proud to be named one of the 2013 World’s Most Ethical Companies. This is a tribute to our employees who, in today’s complex, global business environment, are making honorable choices,” says Lee McIntire, CH2M HILL Chairman and CEO.

As CH2M HILL continues to monitor and strengthen its programs, the company is proud of the progress made in 2012 in these areas:

-Expanding its ethics ambassador program in each of our office locations
-Enhancing the leadership team for ethics and compliance, including global representation and hiring a Chief Counsel for Ethics and Integrity Management
-Rolled out anti-corruption training to managers and anti-harassment and discrimination training for all employees
-Encouraging a commitment to sustainability as it pertains to company operations and the services provided to clients
-Fostering community investment and employee volunteerism

Chief Legal Officer Margaret McLean says, “CH2M HILL very much appreciates this award because it recognizes the importance we place on ethical conduct in our daily work and how we interact with our customers, partners and our supply chain. A reality of being a part of a large multinational organization is that we can never stand still and must always seek out new ways to deliver our message of doing business with integrity.”

“Not only did more companies apply for the World’s Most Ethical Companies recognition this year than any year in the past, which demonstrates that ethical activity is an important part of many of these companies’ business models, but we are also seeing more companies be proactive and create new initiatives that expand ethics programs and cultures across entire industries, such as industry-based ethics associations and other activities,” said Alex Brigham, Executive Director of Ethisphere. “We are excited to see the 2013 World’s Most Ethical Companies take these leadership positions, and embrace the correlation between ethical behavior and improved financial performance.”

A record number of nominations and applications this year is evidence of both the World’s Most Ethical Companies’ growing recognition by various stakeholder groups and companies’ desire to be recognized for their integrity standards and ethical cultures. The 2013 list is the largest list since the award’s inception in 2007.

Through in-depth research and a multi-step analysis, Ethisphere reviewed nominations from companies in more than 100 countries and 36 industries. The methodology for the World’s Most Ethical Companies includes reviewing codes of ethics, litigation and regulatory infraction histories; evaluating the investment in innovation and sustainable business practices; looking at activities designed to improve corporate citizenship; and studying nominations from senior executives, industry peers, suppliers and customers.

Read about the methodology and view the complete list of the 2013 World’s Most Ethical Companies at The World’s Most Ethical Companies list will also be featured in the 2013 Quarter 1 issue of Ethisphere Magazine.

Headquartered near Denver, Colorado, USA, employee-owned CH2M HILL is a global leader in consulting, design, design-build, operations, and program management for government, civil, industrial and energy clients. The firm’s work is concentrated in the areas of water, transportation, environmental, energy, facilities and resources. With US$7 billion in revenue and 28,000 employees, CH2M HILL is an industry-leading program management, construction management and design firm, as ranked by Engineering News-Record and named a leader in sustainable engineering and environmental services by Verdantix. The firm has been named a FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For six times. Visit us at, and Search for jobs at

About Ethisphere Institute
The research-based Ethisphere® Institute is a leading international think-tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability. Ethisphere Magazine, which publishes the globally recognized World’s Most Ethical Companies Ranking™, is the quarterly publication of the Institute. Ethisphere provides the only third-party verifications of compliance programs and ethical cultures that include: Ethics Inside® Certification, Compliance Leader Verification™ and Anti-Corruption Program Verification. More information on the Ethisphere Institute, including ranking projects and membership, can be found at


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