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The assembly line at John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline. Deere has once again been ranked among the world's Most Ethical Companies.

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Deere & Co. has again been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute, which on Monday announced its annual ranking of companies that achieve highly ethical business practices.

The Moline-based Deere has earned the recognition for all 12 years the Institute has completed the research and is one of only a dozen companies to hold that distinction. In 2018, the institute recognized 135 honorees, which spanned 23 countries and 57 industries.

"Our record of success is anchored by an unwavering commitment to ethical behavior and doing the right things in the right way," Sam Allen, Deere's chairman and CEO, said in a news release.  "We have a responsibility to uphold the standards of honor and integrity that have defined Deere over its history."

The Ethisphere Institute assesses company performance across five categories: ethics and compliance; corporate citizenship and responsibility; culture of ethics; governance and leadership; innovation and reputation.

"Global corporations operating with a common rule of law are now society’s strongest force to improve the human condition," said Timothy Erblich, Ethisphere’s CEO. "The World’s Most Ethical Companies, in particular, continued to show exemplary leadership."

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