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Forbes & Ethisphere Joint Conference to Recognize The 2008 World's Most Ethical Companies

Joining keynote speaker Dave Steiner, CEO of Waste Management, at the Ethisphere and Forbes joint conference, "Driving Profit Through Ethical Leadership," is an elite roster of CEOs and other top executives from world-renowned companies, in addition to a number of leading field experts.

Congregating for the day-long conference on Tuesday, June 3rd at the Rainbow Room in New York City, panelists will discuss ethical culture and leadership, comment on their own experiences and challenges, offer advice on preparing for ethical dilemmas and demonstrate how these issues ultimately affect both internal and external stakeholders. Panelists will also speak about the new generations of employees and consumers and the need for values-based leadership and supply chain sustainability.

"As major world events take place and affect our lives - from rising fuel costs to rice shortages - consumers are demonstrating a greater preference for products and services that are ethically produced," said Alex Brigham, executive director of Ethisphere Institute. "We are pleased to have guest speakers from forward-thinking, ethical corporations who exhibit a great interest in and esteem for ethical leadership."

Panel speakers participating at the Driving Profit Through Ethical Leadership conference include:
o    Tim Albinson, CEO, Aravo Solutions, Inc
o    Alan Boeckmann, Chairman & CEO, Fluor Corporation
o    Alex Brigham, Executive Director, Ethisphere Institute
o    John Compton, CEO, PepsiCo Americas Foods, PepsiCo
o    Pascale Helene Dubois, Sanctions Evaluation & Suspension Officer, The World Bank Group
o    Robert A. Eckert, Chairman & CEO, Mattel Inc.
o    Steve Forbes, Chairman & CEO, Forbes, Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Magazine
o    David Frishkorn, Director, Business Ethics & Compliance Office, Xerox Corp.
o    Wendy A. Hallgren, Vice President, Corporate Compliance, Fluor Corporation
o    Lisa Hayles, Senior Client Relationship Manager, Ethical Investment Research Services (EIRIS)
o    Andrew Hinton, Associate General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Google
o    Asuncion Cummings Hostin, Esq., Managing Director, Business Intelligence and Investigations, Kroll
o    Joe Keefe, President & CEO, PAX World Management Corp.
o    Peter D. Kinder, President, KLD Research & Analytics, Inc.
o    Michael Lawrence, EVP, Corporate Responsibility & Prevention and Management, Cone
o    Erin Lewin, VP & Assistant General Counsel, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, Avnet
o    Mindy Lubber, President, Ceres
o    Jay Martin, Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer & Senior Deputy General Counsel, Baker Hughes Incorporated
o    Jerry Moskowitz, Managing Director, FTSE Americas, FTSE
o    Neil Nyberg, Vice President and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, Kellogg Company
o    Gloria Santona, EVP General Counsel & Secretary, McDonald's Corporation
o    Leonard Shen, SVP, Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer, American Express
o    David Steiner, CEO, Waste Management
o    Noel Tichy, Professor of Management & Organizations, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Coauthor, Judgment: How Winning Leaders Make Great Calls
o    Andrew Weissmann, Partner, Jenner & Block LLP

The panels will be moderated by Forbes editors, including assistant managing editor Bruce Upbin, who has been with Forbes since 1995 and oversees technology and health coverage as well as special sections on innovation and creativity, and assistant managing editor, Melanie Wells, who has been with Forbes since 1999 and oversees coverage of entrepreneurs, marketing and workplace issues. Additionally, Sharie A. Brown, chair of White Collar Defense & Corporate Compliance Practice with Foley & Lardner, will also act as moderator.

The conference will culminate with recognizing Ethisphere's The 2008 World's Most Ethical Companies at the dinner event. Last year's roster of The World's Most Ethical Companies included Starbucks, Avaya, Kellogg's, Nike, Sun Microsystems, IKEA, PepsiCo and Novartis, among others.

For more information or to register for the Driving Profit through Ethical Leadership conference, visit http://forbesconferences.com/?page=event&eventID=124.

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About Ethisphere Institute
The research-based Ethisphere Institute and associated membership group, the Ethisphere Council, are supported by more than 100 institutions and corporations, including the Practising Law Institute, the National Association of Corporate Directors, the Global Reporting Initiative, Corpedia, Deutsche Telekom, Time Warner, Avaya and Kraft. The Institute is dedicated to the research, creation, and sharing of best practices in ethics, compliance, and corporate governance among its membership companies. It also focuses on the development and advancement of individuals on its membership council through increased efficiency, innovation, tools, mentoring, advice, and unique career opportunities. Ethisphere Magazine is the quarterly publication of the Institute. More information on membership can be found at http://www.ethisphere.com.

The Ethisphere Institute publishes the globally-recognized annual World Most Ethical Companies Ranking™ as well as the Government Contractor Ethics Program Ranking™ and the upcoming Global Anti-Corruption Quotient.


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