Stars of plastics technology Milliken and 3M are also stars of ethical business, with Milliken making the World's Most Ethical Companies list for the 11th year, and 3M for the 4th year running.
Both companies represented polymer materials science among an international list of 124 companies generated by the Ethisphere Institute, with Milliken being one of a prestigious club of 13 companies that have featured on the list ever year since it was first published.
Companies recognised by the Ethisphere Institute acknowledge their responsibilities to "drive positive change, consider the impact of their actions on their employees, investors, customers and other stakeholders, and use their values and culture as an underpinning to the decisions they make every day".
"At 3M, it’s not enough to just win in business – it matters how you do it," said Kristen Ludgate, Vice-President of Associate General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at 3M. "Customers want to do business with companies they can trust, and achieving that trust requires the help of all employees. I’m proud to say our people live 3M’s Code of Conduct every day by making ethical decisions and speaking up if they aren’t sure what to do."
As well as being a mainstay of the list, Milliken is one of just 20 privately helf companies on the 2017 list. CEO J Harold Chandler said: "How Milliken grows is equally as important as how much we grow — this is an integral belief that each Milliken associate holds and that directs their daily work. It is an honour to be annually recognised for this perspective on a successful, values-based business."