BMO Financial Group has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as one of the 2019 World's Most Ethical Companies. BMO is one of only three companies in Canada, the only bank in Canada, and one of only five banks worldwide, to have been named to the list, underscoring the bank's commitment to values-based leadership and ethical business practices. Honorees were formally recognized at a Gala Dinner held earlier this week by Ethisphere in conjunction with its 11th Annual Global Ethics Summit in New York City
Central to BMO's approach to fostering an ethical culture is its commitment to acting responsibly and being a powerful tool for promoting social good. Being a responsible bank means weighing the impact of every decision, everywhere BMO does business. Throughout the company's 202 year history, its culture has embraced building more robust communities, protecting the environment, fostering diversity and inclusion within its teams and communities, and driving social and economic well-being.
"The trust between a bank and its customers is at the core of our relationship. It is our most valuable asset, and at BMO we've been building it for more than 200 years," said Darryl White, Chief Executive Officer, BMO Financial Group. "We constantly strive to strengthen our relationships by meeting the highest standards of ethical behaviour, as we work together with our customers to achieve their financial objectives, and – with all of our stakeholders – build a more sustainable future."
According to Ethisphere, the 2019 honorees profoundly illustrate how companies continue to be the driving force for improving communities, building capable and empowered workforces, and fostering corporate cultures focused on ethics and a strong sense of purpose.
"Today, employees, investors and stakeholders are putting their greatest trust in companies to take leadership on societal issues. Companies that take the long view with a purpose-based strategy are proven to not only outperform but last," said Ethisphere's Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich. "I congratulate everyone at BMO Financial Group for earning this recognition."
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