February 23, 2021

Once again named among World's Most Ethical Companies

Kaiser Permanente is recognized for its critical role in influencing ethical corporate practices.

Contact: Vincent Staupe

OAKLAND, Calif. — For the third 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 1 of 135 honorees worldwide, and 1 of only 2 organizations recognized in the Integrated Healthcare System category in 2021.

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.

The vetting process also considered how organizations responded to 2020's historic pandemic and social unrest, as well as how they supported their employees, vendors, customers, and communities.

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Kaiser Permanente introduced a number of programs in 2020 reflecting a strong commitment to our people, health equity, and fighting social injustice and systemic racism. These efforts included providing COVID-19 child care grants to 55,000 of our front-line workers, co-creating a national program to help ensure the equitable distribution of scarce personal protective equipment, waiving most out-of-pocket costs associated with COVID-19 care for our members, a $60 million joint community development investment, and $40 million in grants to support businesses led by people of color.

“We all faced additional challenges and uncertainty in 2020. Having a strong ethical framework to guide our decisions and actions was and remains more important than ever,” said Vanessa Benavides, Kaiser Permanente senior vice president and chief compliance and privacy officer. “This latest World’s Most Ethical Companies honor is a testament to our employees' and physicians' resilience and commitment to doing the right thing even and especially during such extraordinary circumstances.”

Kaiser Permanente has received the award each of the 3 years that it has participated in the selection process. Honorees are scored based on 5 key competencies: the strength of their ethics and compliance program; environmental and societal impact; culture of ethics; governance; and leadership and reputation.

About Kaiser Permanente

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 12.4 million members in 8 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.