9 health systems listed among 'world's most ethical companies' for 2021

Nine health systems were among 135 companies identified for their "unwavering commitment to business integrity" by the Ethisphere Institute, a company that defines and measures corporate ethical standards.

Ethisphere evaluates companies' ethics and compliance programs, culture of ethics, corporate citizenship, governance, leadership and reputation, the last of which includes a review of public filings and media. There is a $3,000 fee to participate. 

The nine healthcare providers for 2021:

  • Baptist Health South Florida (Miami)
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Covenant Health (Alberta, Canada)
  • HCA Healthcare (Nashville, Tenn.)
  • Kaiser Permanente (Oakland, Calif.)
  • Northwell Health (New York City) 
  • MetroHealth (Cleveland)
  • University Hospitals (Cleveland)
  • UPMC (Pittsburgh)

The 135 companies ranked as the world's most ethical for 2021 span 47 industries. The awards date to 2007. Read more about Ethisphere's evaluation process here.

Editor's note: This article was updated to include Kaiser Permanente and UPMC, which Ethisphere lists in a different category from the other seven health systems. 

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