Company recognised in 2013 list for serving public’s interest.
The Gemologial Institute of America (GIA) has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical (WME) companies by international think-tank The Ethisphere Institute.
The GIA was recognised for its "efforts to build and maintain a superior ethics and compliance program" as it educates the public about gemstones and jewellery, and was named among a record 145 honourees, including Starbucks, H&M, National Grid, Gap, eBay and L’Oreal.
Donna Baker, chief executive and president of the GIA, said: “As a public benefit organization, we strive to apply the strictest ethical standards each day and to adhere to our core principles in serving the public interest in every country and city where we operate.
"We’re honoured that the Ethisphere Institute has recognized GIA, the only organization of its kind to receive this designation, as one of the most ethical companies in the world."
Any company included in the annual WME must demonstrate an active role in promoting ethical business practices internally and exceeding legal compliance standards.
The Ethisphere Institute is a global think-tank dedicated to promoting best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability.