Exemplary Ethical Business Practices – Kimberly-Clark Wins Business Ethics Award

Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB) announced today that is has been selected as the winner of a 2011 Greater Dallas Business Ethics Award. The company was celebrated for its commitment to exemplary ethical business practices because its employees understand how important it is to behave ethically and comply with the law.

CONGRATULATIONS…as a business ethics speaker and author it is important to recognize those companies that commit their actions and resources to creating a positive ethical business environment.  As a part of that…this blog will gladly publicize award winners as an additional form of recognition.

Founded in 2000, the Greater Dallas Business Ethics Award recognizes public and private companies headquartered in the Dallas region that demonstrate a commitment to ethical business practices in their everyday operations, management philosophies, and in response to crises or challenges.

Of the 28 companies nominated for this year’s award, eight finalists were named, with three of those – Kimberly-Clark, Karlee and Purdy-McGuire – taking top honors. “These winners do the right thing for their company and the clients they serve. Their work reinforces the positive, ethical values of our local business community and beyond,” said program chair Gary Morris of Morris Capital Corporation.

When presenting Kimberly-Clark’s award, Morris noted that the 139-year-old company’s founding principles were grounded in honesty and integrity. In addition, he said judges were particularly impressed with Kimberly-Clark’s use of multiple tactics to help keep its ethics and compliance relatable.

“We are honored to be recognized for our ethical business practices,” said Thomas J. Falk, chairman and chief executive officer of Kimberly-Clark. “Kimberly-Clark operates with the same high standards of integrity today as it did when the company was founded in 1872. Our employees take pride in continuing our heritage of honesty, integrity, and ‘doing the right thing’ every day.”

In accepting the award, Thomas J. Mielke, Kimberly-Clark senior vice president of Law, Government Affairs & Chief Compliance Officer, thanked the Greater Dallas Ethics Award Committee for continuing to recognize the many great
companies who make ethics a priority. “Too often these days, we hear about individuals and companies who have set ‘bad’ examples rather than recognizing and celebrating those individuals and companies that rise above the current day’s challenges to do ‘good’ things in the ‘right’ ways,” Mielke said. “Kimberly-Clark thanks you for turning the spotlight on these types of companies and honoring them for presenting good examples that inspire others.”

The Greater Dallas Business Ethics Awards is supported by several business associations and academic centers, including the Dallas Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, Financial Planning Association of Dallas/Fort Worth, Edwin L. Cox School of Business at SMU, Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU, the North Texas Ethics Association, and Success North Dallas.

Previous award winners include Atmos Energy, The Container Store, Daisy Brand, EDS, The Staubach Company, TXU and Trammell Crow Company.

Beyond the award to Kimberly-Clark…I would also like to recognize the Greater Dallas Business Ethics Association for their efforts in recognizing organizations who lead the pack when it comes to business ethics application.

About Greater Dallas Business Ethics Association
The Greater Dallas Business Ethics Association was founded in 2000 by local leaders with the Dallas Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals. The GDBEA award honors Dallas-based companies that demonstrate a measurable commitment to ethical business practices in everyday operations, management philosophies and responses to crises or challenges. Recognizing local companies that exemplify ethical business practices is important in creating awareness and understanding of the everyday application of these practices and helps foster a more stable and vibrant business environment. The purpose of the GDBEA is to hold those businesses up as examples and provide guidance and support to companies that wish to improve their ability to operate ethically and ensure ethics are an integral part of their culture.


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