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Sharp HealthCare named to Ethisphere's 'World's Most Ethical Companies' list

Joins Cleveland Clinic, Microsoft, Ford and other renowned companies

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Sharp HealthCare has been recognized as one of the 2013 World's Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute, the leading business ethics think-tank. The seventh annual list highlights companies that outperform industry peers when it comes to ethical behavior.

"Sharp considers ethical behavior one of our very top priorities, because doing what's right not only serves our employees and associates – in the situation of health care, it can literally save lives," said Paul Belton, VP, Corporate Compliance for Sharp HealthCare. "Sharp joins a group of renowned companies – including Cleveland Clinic, Microsoft Corporation, Ford Motor Company and others – in receiving this year's honor."

The 2013 WME companies are those that truly embrace ethical business practice and demonstrate industry leadership, forcing peers to follow suit or fall behind. Sharp HealthCare is the only San Diego company named to the list.

"Not only did more companies apply for the World's Most Ethical Companies recognition this year than any year in the past, which demonstrates that ethical activity is an important part of many of these companies' business models, but we are also seeing more companies be proactive and create new initiatives that expand ethics programs and cultures across entire industries, such as industry-based ethics associations and other activities," said Alex Brigham, executive director of Ethisphere.

A record number of nominations and applications this year is evidence of both the World's Most Ethical Companies' growing recognition by various stakeholder groups and companies' desire to be recognized for their integrity standards and ethical cultures. The 2013 list is the largest list since the award's inception in 2007.

Through in-depth research and a multistep analysis, Ethisphere reviewed nominations from companies in more than 100 countries and 36 industries. The methodology for the World's Most Ethical Companies 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.

Read about the methodology and view the complete list of the 2013 World's Most Ethical Companies at http://ethisphere.com/wme. The World's Most Ethical Companies list will also be featured in the 2013 Quarter 1 issue of Ethisphere Magazine.

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