Northumbrian Water Group has been recognised globally as the most ethical water company in the world, for the seventh consecutive year.

The organisation is the only company in the Water & Sewerage Utility category to be added to this year’s World’s Most Ethical Company® list.

It is one of only four in the UK and 124 companies worldwide recognised in the 2017 list by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices.

Being a seventh year honouree underscores Northumbrian Water Group’s commitment to leading ethical business standards and practices.

The accolade honours those companies that recognise their role in society to influence and drive positive change, consider the impact of their actions on their employees, customers and community and use their values and culture on which to underpin the decisions they make every day.

Heidi Mottram, Chief Executive Officer of Northumbrian Water Group, said: “Being recognised as a global leader is a significant honour and one we are immensely proud of. Our service touches the entire community and this award is a testament to everyone in our organisation who delivers that service in an ethical way, every day.

“We take our commitment to the environment extremely seriously and invest in ensuring we minimise the impact of our activities and deliver sustained support to our communities. Last year alone we supported over 1,200 organisations through volunteering and other activities.

“The public put their trust and confidence in us to be a good corporate citizen and to protect our precious resources for future generations. This is a privilege and one we will continue to fulfil.”
The designation recognises those companies who align principle with action, work tirelessly to make trust part of their corporate DNA, and in doing so, shape future industry standards by introducing tomorrow’s best practices today.

Ethisphere’s Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich added; “Over the last eleven years we have seen the shift in societal expectations, constant redefinition of laws and regulations and the geo-political climate. We have also seen how companies honored as the World’s Most Ethical respond to these challenges. They invest in their local communities around the world, embrace strategies of diversity and inclusion, and focus on long term-ism as a sustainable business advantage.

“Congratulations to everyone at Northumbrian Water Group for being recognised as a 2017 World’s Most Ethical Company.”

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About Northumbrian Water Group

Northumbrian Water Limited supplies 2.7 million customer in the North East with both water and sewerage services, trading as Northumbrian Water, and 1.8 million customers in the South East with water services, trading as Essex & Suffolk Water.

In the most recent survey by the Consumer Council for Water, Northumbrian Water was named the UK’s most trusted water company by its customers.

About the Ethisphere Institute

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 the publication of Ethisphere Magazine. More information about Ethisphere can be found at: