March 30, 2010
Accenture Named One of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” For Third Consecutive Year

NEW YORK; March 30, 2010 –Accenturehas been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the third consecutive year.  Out of a record number of nominations for the award, Accenture secured a spot on the 2010 list by implementing meticulous business practices and initiatives that are instrumental to the company’s success, benefit the community and raise the bar for ethical standards.
 
"We are honored that our pledge to build a company on a solid ethical foundation has been recognized with a place on the 2010 World’s Most Ethical Companies list," said Chad Fentress, associate general counsel for compliance & regulatory matters at Accenture. “We believe high performing companies must have a deep commitment to ethics from the top as well as a sustained dedication to these same high standards from employees at every level."
 
This is the fourth year Ethisphere, a think-tank dedicated to sharing best practices in business ethics, has published the rankings, which appear in Ethisphere Magazine’s Q1 issue.
 
“Accenture’s promotion of a sound ethical environment shines within its industry and shows a clear understanding that operating under the highest standards for business behavior goes beyond goodwill and is linked to performance and profitability,” said Alex Brigham, executive director of the Ethisphere Institute. “This year’s World’s Most Ethical Companies award was more competitive than ever, because companies realize that making ethics a priority is critical amidst a tough economic environment.”
 
Through in-depth research and analysis, Ethisphere reviewed thousands of nominations from companies in more than 100 countries and 36 industries.  The methodology for the ranking includes reviewing codes of ethics, litigation and regulatory infraction histories; evaluating the investment in innovation and sustainable business practices; looking at activities designed to improve corporate citizenship; and studying nominations from senior executives, industry peers, suppliers and customers.
 
About Accenture
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 181,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries.  Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments.  The company generated net revenues of US$21.58 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2009.  Its home page is www.accenture.com.
 
 
About Ethisphere Institute
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. The Institute’s associated membership group, the Ethisphere Council, is a forum for business ethics that includes over 200 leading corporations, universities and institutions. The Ethisphere Council is dedicated to the development and advancement of individuals on its membership council through increased efficiency, innovation, tools, mentoring, advice, and unique career opportunities. Ethisphere magazine, which publishes the globally recognized World’s Most Ethical Companies Ranking™, is the quarterly publication of the Institute. More information on the Ethisphere Institute, including ranking projects and membership, can be found at www.ethisphere.com.
 
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Contacts:
 
Stacey Jones
Accenture
+1 917.452.6561
 
Caitlin Storhaug
Accenture
+1 415.537.5458