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Ethisphere, a global leader in defining and advancing ethical business practices, has once again recognized Booz Allen as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2021. Our firm joins a list of elite global companies that are establishing a new benchmark for corporate ethics and compliance. Honorees are vetted using Ethisphere’s Ethics Quotient, which evaluates key criteria such as governance, leadership and reputation, corporate citizenship and responsibility, and ethics and compliance programs.
In the 1930s, Booz Allen partner Carl Hamilton penned one of the first known codes of business ethics, committing to “subordinate one’s own personal interest to that of the firm” and to “face all firm problems objectively and dispassionately without arbitrary or prejudicial position.” Almost a century later, the firm is honored to be named one of Ethisphere’s 2021 list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the second year in a row.
“At Booz Allen, we are committed to making the future work for everyone,” said Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer Nancy Laben. “Our ethics and professional integrity have guided us for more than 100 years, and today we are more committed than ever to living our values out loud.”
Laben said, “The recognition is a testament to Booz Allen’s people and their willingness to act with integrity and courage every single day.“
“In today’s digital era, ethics has grown from the way we conduct ourselves to part of our core business value,” she said. “As we look ahead, we’re more confident than ever in our ability to raise the bar for ethical standards in our industry and beyond.”
Ethics and AI
Booz Allen has become an outspoken leader in the ethics of new technologies, especially the emerging dialogue around ethics and artificial intelligence (AI). Our firm builds ethical and governance considerations into the data platforms we build and integrate to help organizations defend against bias and adversarial use. Our employees are trained to recognize and prevent bias in our solutions.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
We believe diversity, equity and inclusion play a critical role in creating a more equitable, innovative, and effective professional environment. We are proud of the gains we have made in diversity at the Board of Directors and leadership team levels, and our Unstoppable Together movement is energizing our 27,000+ leaders and employees to extend this success throughout the firm.
Ethics and Compliance
Our founding partners, Edwin Booz and Jim Allen, believed that the values of corporate and individual citizenship—like ethics and compliance—make our communities better for all. We are proud to continue this great tradition of placing integrity at the center of all that we do by continually emphasizing to our employees the role that ethics and compliance play in all of our business decisions.
“Our culture at Booz Allen demands that employees always act with the highest levels of integrity, and our Ethics and Compliance Program helps reinforce our cultural expectations by ensuring that all our employees understand that they each play a part in driving our ethical culture and promoting our purpose and values,” said Laben. “We regularly evaluate our program, resources, and training to ensure that we are providing our employees with the tools that they need to conduct business in accordance with the high ethical standards that we have set.”
Ethisphere is a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. The organization’s World’s Most Ethical Companies list is a prestigious award that takes into consideration corporate governance, leadership and reputation, corporate citizenship and responsibility, and ethics and compliance programs. We’re thrilled to join the other elite global companies on the list.