OAKLAND, Calif. — For the second consecutive year, Kaiser Permanente has been named one of the World's Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute, an independent group that monitors business ethics.
Kaiser Permanente was one of 132 honorees worldwide, and one of only 2 organizations recognized in the Integrated Healthcare System category in 2020.
The award honors organizations whose practices improve communities, build capable and empowered workforces, and foster corporate cultures focused on ethics and a strong sense of purpose.
“More than ever, consumers care not only about what organizations do, but also why and how they do it,” said Vanessa Benavides, Kaiser Permanente senior vice president and chief compliance and privacy officer. “Organizations that lead with ethics will thrive, doing well by doing good. The World’s Most Ethical Companies honor recognizes the work Kaiser Permanente does every day to ensure a culture where doing the right thing is who we are.”
This was Kaiser Permanente's second year participating in the selection process, and it was the second consecutive year it received the award. Honorees are scored based on 5 key competencies: the strength of their ethics and compliance program; corporate citizenship and responsibility; culture of ethics; governance; and leadership and reputation.
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health.