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Blue Shield of California Named One of the World’s Most Ethical Companies

Nonprofit health plan wins the honor for the eighth time

Blue Shield of California has been recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2020 by the Ethisphere Institute, the global leader in defining and advancing the standard of ethical business practices. This is the eighth time that Blue Shield of California has received this designation. In 2020, 132 honorees were recognized, spanning 21 countries and 51 industries.

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“We are delighted to receive this distinction again, a testament to the fact that ethical behavior and personal integrity are part of our D.N.A. at Blue Shield of California,” said Hope Scott, vice president, deputy general counsel, chief risk & compliance officer. “We promote ethical leadership and a commitment to compliance with the spirit and the letter of the law at every level, ensuring that all 7,000 of our employees understand our values system and are empowered to do the right thing.”

“We are extremely proud of this accomplishment because it reflects who we are as a company -- the values we uphold and the leadership qualities that propel our organization,” said Mary O’Hara, chief human resources officer at Blue Shield of California. “We lead with integrity in every aspect of our work; it’s fundamental to fulfilling of our mission to create a healthcare system that’s worthy of our family and friends and sustainably affordable.”

Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies assessment considers more than 200 questions on culture, environmental and social practices, ethics and compliance activities, governance, diversity and initiatives to support a strong value chain. The process serves as an operating framework to capture and codify the leading practices of organizations across industries and around the globe. The full list of the 2020 World's Most Ethical Companies can be found at

Note: an earlier version of this announcement said this is the eighth consecutive time Blue Shield has received the honor. It is the eighth time overall.