For five years now, leading sourcing firm William E. Connor and Associates has been recognized as one of the world’s most ethical companies.
Ethisphere Institute, a leading U.S. business ethics think tank, gave the Hong Kong-based sourcing company—which represents retailers like TJX, Bloomingdale’s, Dillards and Harrods—the title again for 2016, making William E. Connor one of few Asia-based companies, and the only sourcing firm, to be recognized.
“Sixty-seven years ago, our founder articulated a clear and uncomplicated code of conduct: we will represent only one interest, that of our principal, and will do so transparently, ethically, and to the very best of our ability. This code remains the cornerstone of our culture today,” company CEO and chairman William E. (Chip) Connor said. “Being awarded this honor by Ethisphere doesn’t mean we don’t ever encounter issues. It means we won’t tolerate them and that we work tirelessly toward a future of ethical sourcing and manufacturing.”
The company received the honor again this year by “employing and maintaining upright business practices and initiatives” that are key to the company’s success.
Ethical standards are practices internally at William E. Connor, the company said in a statement, and each employee goes through ethics training every year. There’s also an independent whistleblower program in place that lets anyone in the company call a third-party to report an ethical breach, which Connor investigates and handles accordingly.
“William E. Connor & Associates has an unwavering focus on conducting business in an ethical manner in truly challenging geographies,” Ethisphere CEO Timothy Erblich said. “They clearly understand their role in the broader global business community and aim to ensure their client’s supply chains are sustainable and legally compliant, an effort that is sure to have a ripple effect.”
Other apparel companies that made the Most Ethical list include H&M, Levi’s, Target, Marks and Spencer, and textile mill Milliken & Co.