General Electric has been named one of the 110 World’s Most Ethical Companies by The Ethisphere Institute. Three thousand companies from 36 different countries were evaluated based on performance indicators including exceptional citizenship, social responsibility, governance, innovation and leadership. This year's list now covers a larger geographic capacity, with a 17% augmentation in 2011 of companies outside the US. The top ranking organizations, including GE, exemplify the importance of transparency and avoiding procrastination when problems arise. Interesting to note: the list also shows a correlation between ethics and profitability within organizations.