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Sourcing Firm William E. Connor Named a 2014 World’s Most Ethical Company

Global sourcing partner William E. Connor & Associates (Connor) has been recognized as a 2014 World’s Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute, an independent research center that promotes best practices in corporate ethics and governance.

The award recognizes organizations that exemplify ethical leadership and corporate behavior. This will be the third time Connor receives the award and, globally, it is still the only sourcing company to achieve the status.

Connor’s Chairman and CEO, William E. (Chip) Connor said, “This business was built 65 years ago on a philosophy of industry-leading commitment to ethics, integrity and long-term relationships, all of which are still firmly rooted in Connor’s culture today. It is these principles that have contributed to the accomplishment of becoming a World’s Most Ethical Company honoree for the third year running. We have been experiencing increased interest from clients based on their desire to be ethically compliant, which makes me very proud of what we have achieved as a business.”

The company was founded in Tokyo in 1949 and is now headquartered in Hong Kong. Connor employs more than 1,400 associates across twenty countries, representing the procurement requirements of globally recognized retailers and brands.

Ethisphere’s CEO Timothy Erblich, said, “The entire community of World’s Most Ethical Companies believe that customers, employees, investors and regulators place a high premium on trust and that ethics and good governance are key in earning it.” He added, “Connor joins an exclusive community committed to driving performance through leading business practices. We congratulate everyone at Connor for this extraordinary achievement.”

The full list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies 2014 can be found here.