Denver — CH2M HILL was recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, an independent center of research promoting best practices in corporate ethics and governance, as a 2014 World’s Most Ethical Company. This is the sixth time that CH2M HILL has been honored with this award, which recognizes organizations that continue to raise the bar on ethical leadership and corporate behavior. World’s Most Ethical Company honorees understand the correlation between ethics, reputation and daily interactions with their brand and that the award belongs as much to their associates as it does to them.

“We’re proud to again be named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies, a recognition that reflects the hard work and daily dedication of our employees to doing the right thing,” says Jacqueline Hinman, CH2M HILL’s Chief Executive Officer. “We’re committed to the core values that guide our company, and we will use this recognition as inspiration to remain diligent.”

Chief Legal Officer Gregory Nixon says, “We think that the true measure of our organization is not just laying the groundwork for ethical conduct, but having a sound program that addresses an increasingly complex global marketplace.”

“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,” said Ethisphere’s Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich. “CH2M HILL joins an exclusive community committed to driving performance through leading business practices. We congratulate everyone at CH2M HILL for this extraordinary achievement.”

The World's Most Ethical Company assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient™ framework. The Ethics Quotient framework has been developed over years of effort to provide a means to assess an organization’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way. The information collected provides a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria of core competencies, rather than all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics. The Ethics Quotient framework and methodology was determined, vetted and refined by the expert advice and insights gleaned from Ethisphere’s network of thought leaders and from the World’s Most Ethical Company Methodology Advisory Panel.

Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (25 percent); reputation, leadership and innovation (20 percent); governance (10 percent); corporate citizenship and responsibility (25 percent); and culture of ethics (20 percent). For more information about the 2014 World’s Most Ethical Companies methodology and list, visit