March 09, 2015

    MassMutual Named a World’s Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute

    MassMutual Named a World’s Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute

    Recognition demonstrates company’s commitment to ethical leadership

    SPRINGFIELD, MA, March 9, 2015  – Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) announced today that it has again been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as a 2015 World’s Most Ethical Company®

    This marks the second consecutive year that MassMutual has been named a World’s Most Ethical Company.  In 2014, MassMutual was the first mutual company in the life insurance industry category to be honored with this distinction.  This year, the company remains the only mutual named World’s Most Ethical in the life insurance industry category.

    “Being named a World’s Most Ethical Company again this year is an honor that reflects our culture of ethics and integrity that is core to who we are as a company,” said Roger Crandall, Chairman, President and CEO, MassMutual.  “For generations, our policyowners and customers have placed their trust in us, and we are proud of our employees and financial professionals who demonstrate these values through helping people secure their future and protect the ones they love.”

    The World’s Most Ethical Company designation recognizes those organizations that have had a material impact on the way business is conducted by fostering a culture of ethics and transparency at every level of the company and underscores its commitment to leading ethical business standards and practices. 

    “At MassMutual, this distinction validates the high value we place in our organization on ethical business standards, practices and governance,” Crandall added.

    The World's Most Ethical Company assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient™ (EQ) framework developed over years of research to provide a means to assess an organization’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way. The EQ framework and methodology is determined, vetted and refined by the expert advice and insights gleaned from Ethisphere’s network of thought leaders and from the World’s Most Ethical Company Methodology Advisory Panel.

    To determine its World’s Most Ethical Company list, Ethisphere scores companies in five different categories: ethics and compliance program (35%), corporate citizenship and responsibility (20%), culture of ethics (20%), governance (15%) and leadership, innovation and reputation (10%).

    “The World’s Most Ethical Companies embrace the correlation between ethical business practice and improved company performance. These companies use ethics as a means to further define their industry leadership and understand that creating an ethical culture and earning the World’s Most Ethical Companies recognition involves more than just an outward facing message or a handful of senior executives saying the right thing,” said Ethisphere’s Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich. “Earning this recognition involves the collective action of a global workforce from the top down. We congratulate everyone at MassMutual for this extraordinary achievement.”

    ­­The full list of the 2015 World's Most Ethical Companies can be found at

    About MassMutual

    Founded in 1851, MassMutual is a leading mutual life insurance company that is run for the benefit of its members and participating policyowners. The company has a long history of financial strength and strong performance, and although dividends are not guaranteed, MassMutual has paid dividends to eligible participating policyowners consistently since the 1860s. With whole life insurance as its foundation, MassMutual provides products to help meet the financial needs of clients, such as life insurance, disability income insurance, long term care insurance, retirement/401(k) plan services, and annuities. In addition, the company’s strong and growing network of financial professionals helps clients make good financial decisions for the long-term.

    MassMutual Financial Group is a marketing name for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and its affiliated companies and sales representatives. MassMutual is headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts and its major affiliates include: Babson Capital Management LLC; Baring Asset Management Limited; Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC; The First Mercantile Trust Company; MassMutual International LLC; MML Investors Services, LLC, Member FINRA and SIPC; OppenheimerFunds, Inc.; and The MassMutual Trust Company, FSB.

    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 and The World’s Most Ethical Companies Executive Briefing. Ethisphere is also the leading provider of independent verification of corporate ethics and compliance programs. More information about Ethisphere can be found at: