March 14, 2023

Named among World’s Most Ethical Companies for 5th time

Organizations that receive this recognition improve communities, build capable and empowered workforces, and foster corporate cultures focused on ethics.

Every employee at Kaiser Permanente has a hand in earning this recognition.

Kaiser Permanente is again one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies, according to Ethisphere, an independent group that monitors business ethics.

This is the fifth year in a row Kaiser Permanente has received the distinction. In fact, Kaiser Permanente has received the honor every year the organization has participated in the selection process.

Kaiser Permanente is one of 135 honorees in 19 countries. In addition, Kaiser Permanente is one of only 2 organizations recognized in the Integrated Healthcare System category for 2023.

“Achieving this designation for a 5th consecutive year is an outstanding achievement. Being named one of the World's Most Ethical Companies™ underscores that all of our employees, physicians, and dentists share the belief that ethics and compliance is everyone's responsibility” said Shakeya A. McDow, interim senior vice president and chief compliance and privacy officer for Kaiser Permanente. 

“At Kaiser Permanente we strive to create a consistent environment where everyone's voice is respected, and we act in alignment with our shared values. Our commitment to maintaining a strong ethical culture is a competitive differentiator and enables us to achieve our mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve.”

Best-in-class practices

Companies that receive the World’s Most Ethical Company designation work to improve their communities. They also foster and grow empowered employees while modeling a workplace where ethics and a strong sense of purpose lead the way.

“Ethics matters. Organizations that commit to business integrity through robust programs and practices not only elevate standards and expectations for all, but also have better long-term performance,” said Ethisphere CEO Erica Salmon Byrne. “We continue to be inspired by the World’s Most Ethical Companies honorees and their dedication to making real impact for their stakeholders and displaying exemplary values-based leadership. Congratulations to Kaiser Permanente for earning a place in the World’s Most Ethical Companies community.”

Honorees are scored based on an evaluation of their:


Ethics and compliance program




Culture of ethics




Corporate citizenship and responsibility




Leadership and reputation

“I want to thank all of our 240,000 employees and physicians,” McDow said. “Despite the unprecedented challenges health care has faced the past 3 years, they continue to uphold high ethical standards when it comes to caring for our patients and each other.”