SOURCE: EthicsPoint

EthicsPoint

September 23, 2010 10:11 ET

EthicsPoint Honors 2010 Best Ethics and Compliance Portals

Custom Portals Showcase Best Practices in Business Ethics, Compliance Communications

ANAHEIM, CA--(Marketwire - September 23, 2010) -  In conjunction with the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association (ECOA) Annual Conference, EthicsPoint, a recognized innovator in helping organizations raise visibility and mitigate operational risk, today announced the winners of the third annual Best Ethics and Compliance Portals contest. Entries were judged based on the overall clarity of message, quality of the user experience and effective integration with an overall governance, risk and compliance (GRC) program strategy.

In alphabetical order, the eight portals selected as the EthicsPoint 2010 Best Ethics and Compliance Portals are:

Customized portals often serve as the first point-of-contact in a company's overall GRC efforts. They provide a single resource for employees, partners, customers, shareholders, suppliers and other stakeholders seeking information about the organization's code of conduct as well as updates to policies and procedures, to file or follow-up on past reports or simply a venue to ask questions.

"Employees want to know that their leadership is mindful of ethics and compliance and cares about what they have to say on the subject," said David Childers, president and CEO, EthicsPoint. "By creating an immediately available dedicated web-page that is easy-to-use and understand -- often in multiple languages and including relevant information about company codes of conduct and FAQs -- these organizations showcase how serious they are about providing multiple avenues for employees to seek and share information that the organization values but may not get another way."

Winning Perspectives on a Sustainable Compliance Environment

  • "We are honored to receive this recognition. Engaging employees as partners with the Ethics Office is a key strategy for Best Buy, and our web presence is a key part of that process.
    - Kathleen Edmond, chief ethics officer, Best Buy Co., Inc.

  • "Each Bon Secours employee and all of our partners and collaborators play an important role in advancing the mission and values of Bon Secours, and we want to hear from them. We take all inquiries and reports of potential misconduct seriously and follow up in a way that preserves confidentiality. We greatly appreciate this acknowledgement of our work."
    - Jeff Oak, vice president & corporate responsibility officer, Bon Secours Health System

  • "Because our success is so closely related to our reputation, it's up to all of us to protect that reputation. Acting with integrity is about more than our organization's image and reputation, or avoiding legal issues. It's about sustaining a place where we all are proud to be part of the team."
    - Pat Halberstadt, chief professional officer, Boys & Girls Club of Garden Grove

  • "The California ISO operates the power grid for most of the state as well as an energy market that handles billions of dollars in transactions every year. We take ethical behavior and compliance very seriously and it's gratifying to be recognized for our efforts."
    - Nancy Saracino, vice president, general counsel and chief administrative officer, California ISO

  • "We are very pleased to be honored for our leadership in corporate ethics compliance. Chesapeake is committed to providing a great place to work, and we believe that being honest and trustworthy in our dealings with each other and with people in the community helps us achieve that goal."
    - Tony Blasier, Director, corporate security & ethics, Chesapeake Energy Corporation

  • "As we embark on Kraft Foods' new global growth strategy to deliver top-tier shareholder returns, our core values like 'Inspire Trust' need to be embedded in everything we do. Part of creating a performance-driven, values-led company is making sure we have the right ethics and compliance tools and technology in place. EthicsPoint, with its well-integrated HelpLine, WebLine and case management tools, plays a pivotal role in helping us deliver our company-wide ethics and compliance programming."
    - Bob Herst, vice president and chief compliance officer, Kraft Foods

To view the 2010 winning portals and learn more about best practices for integrating a portal into a broader corporate reporting program, visit www.ethicspoint.com/hotline/service/customer-portals.aspx. Winning portal screen shots will also be shown in EthicsPoint's booth (#210) at the ECOA Annual Ethics and Compliance Conference beginning on September 23rd.

About EthicsPoint
EthicsPoint is a recognized innovator in helping organizations raise visibility and mitigate operational risk. We help our clients protect their culture and reputation by facilitating the gathering of data that identifies current risks, managing the intake and evaluation process and enabling them to proactively mitigate future adverse events. More than 2,300 organizations use our products and services to align their business processes with their code of conduct, increasing awareness of potential organizational risks -- a critical component of their overall governance, risk and compliance efforts. For more information, please visit www.ethicspoint.com.

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Contact Information

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    Simmi Singh Corcoran
    EthicsPoint PR
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