thisphere Institute, a leading business ethics think-tank, announced their sixth annual World’s Most Ethical (WME) Companies list, and Thomson Reuters was recognized as one of the 2012 WMEs for the fourth consecutive year. The WME honorees were honored at an awards dinner on March 15 in New York where former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright served as the keynote speaker.

“Our Trust Principles are an integral part of the way we do business,” said Deirdre Stanley, executive vice president and general counsel, Thomson Reuters. “Being named one of Ethisphere’s 2012 World’s Most Ethical Companies for the fourth consecutive year shows that we consistently strive to make a positive impact on society and we are honored to be included.”

“A strong ethical foundation is a competitive advantage, and Thomson Reuters recognizes the important role corporate responsibility plays in improving its bottom line,” said Alex Brigham, executive director of the Ethisphere Institute. “As more and more organizations strive for this honor each year, the inclusion of Thomson Reuters as a World’s Most Ethical Company for 2012 demonstrates its industry-leading commitment to ethics and dedication to integrity.”

Out of a record number of nominations for the award, Thomson Reuters secured a hard-earned spot on the list by implementing and maintaining upright business practices and initiatives that are instrumental to the company’s success, benefit the community and raise the bar for ethical standards within the industry.

Read about the methodology and view the complete list of the 2012 World’s Most Ethical Companies and view the announcement of Thomson Reuters being named a WME.

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