“We are delighted to recognize WSP’s robust ethics and compliance program. The company’s dedication to business integrity is exemplified in its exceptional tone from leadership, solid compliance controls, a strong ethics culture, and in other best practices, such as having an independent ethics and compliance function overseen by the board,” stated Erica Salmon Byrne, Executive Vice President, Ethisphere.
“Ethisphere’s Compliance Leader Verification award demonstrates our commitment to acting with integrity in all that we do and recognizes our efforts to build a best-in-class ethics and compliance program,” said Alexandre L’Heureux, WSP’s President and CEO. “I want to thank all our employees for their contributions in creating a culture based on respect, integrity and trust.”
“The certification is proof of the quality of our ethics and compliance program and our culture of placing the highest ethical standards at the heart of our strategy. We take great pride in receiving this certification and will continue to build on the quality of our program,” stated Julianna Fox, WSP’s Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer.
The Compliance Leader Verification process involves a rigorous review of an ethics and compliance program and corporate culture. It includes completing the Ethics Quotient® (EQ), a questionnaire covering the elements of an effective program; benchmarking program practices against the World’s Most Ethical Companies®; and extensive document review and interviews with executives and stakeholders. WSP also chose to conduct an Ethical Culture survey to assess employee perceptions across eight pillars of an ethical culture.
WSP’s performance was evaluated on six key areas: program resources and structure; perceptions of ethical culture; written standards; training and communication; risk assessment, monitoring and auditing; and enforcement, discipline, and incentives.
More information about Compliance Leader Verification is available here.
The Ethisphere® Institute is the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices that fuel corporate character, marketplace trust, and business success. Ethisphere has deep expertise in measuring and defining core ethics standards using data-driven insights that help companies enhance corporate character. Ethisphere honors superior achievement through its World’s Most Ethical Companies® recognition program, provides a community of industry experts with the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA), and showcases trends and best practices in ethics with Ethisphere Magazine. Ethisphere also helps to advance business performance through data-driven assessments, benchmarking, and guidance.