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Rockwell Automation Named One of World’s Most Ethical Companies for Fourth Time

Published 03-16-12

Submitted by Rockwell Automation

For the fourth time, the Ethisphere Institute has recognized Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) as one of the “world’s most ethical companies.”  The Ethisphere Institute is a leading international think-tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability.

In announcing its sixth annual selection of the world’s most ethical companies, Ethisphere’s 2012 list highlights organizations, including Rockwell Automation, that show leadership in promoting ethical business standards.

“Each year the competition for the world’s most ethical companies intensifies as the number of nominations submitted for consideration grows,” said Alex Brigham, executive director of Ethisphere. “This year’s winners know that a strong ethics program is a key component to a successful business model, and they continue to scrutinize their ethical standards to keep up with an ever-changing regulatory environment.”

Through in-depth research and a multi-step analysis, Ethisphere reviewed nominations from companies in more than 100 countries and 36 industries.  A record number of nominations and applications this year is evidence of both the award’s growing prominence and companies’ desire to be acknowledged for their high ethical standards.

"A defining element that sets Rockwell Automation's workplace apart from others is our culture of ethics, responsibility and accountability.  At every level of the company, our 21,000 employees worldwide have an unwavering dedication to doing the right thing,” commented Keith D. Nosbusch, Rockwell Automation chairman and CEO. “Our global commitment to responsible business practices is absolute.  For us, honesty, fairness, quality and responsiveness are guiding principles and integrity is an underlying value in every business transaction.”

In Rockwell Automation’s most recent Global Voices Employee Engagement Index, ethics-related scores were the highest of all categories and were above the available normative scores by large margins. Employees noted they clearly understand expectations for ethical behavior, they would report a violation or issue, and they knew where and how to report such behavior.

The company has earned a world class reputation for its ethical business practices.  The Ethisphere Institute has recognized Rockwell Automation on three previous occasions. Additionally, the Society of Financial Service Professionals recently honored Rockwell Automation with its 2011 Wisconsin Business Ethics Award.  The company is also a past winner of the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award and an International Torch Award Finalist.

The complete list of the Ethisphere Institute’s 2012 World’s Most Ethical Companies can be viewed at  To learn more about Rockwell Automation’s corporate responsibility practices and programs, please click here

Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Rockwell Automation employs over 21,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.

The research-based Ethisphere® Institute is a leading international think-tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability. Ethisphere Magazine, which publishes the globally recognized World’s Most Ethical Companies Ranking™, is the quarterly publication of the Institute. Ethisphere provides the only third-party verifications of compliance programs and ethical cultures that include: Ethics Inside® Certification, Compliance Leader Verification™ and Anti-Corruption Program Verification™. The Institute’s premier membership group, the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance™, is a business ethics forum that includes more than 100 leading corporations, universities and institutions that collectively leverage their experience, expertise and innovative ways to address emerging compliance challenges. More information on the Ethisphere Institute, including ranking projects and membership, can be found at

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