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Solae Named as One of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" for 2012

March 16, 2012 - ST. LOUIS, MO

As evidence of an ongoing commitment to business ethics, Solae, LLC, a joint venture between DuPont and Bunge and a world leader in soy ingredients, has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the 2012 World's Most Ethical (WME) Companies. This is the third consecutive year Solae has been honored by Ethisphere for this prestigious award. Solae is one of only four food and beverage manufacturing companies on the list out of the more than 140 companies worldwide to have received the honor in 2012.

"It is a significant honor for Solae to be recognized as one of the 'World's Most Ethical Companies' for the third consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute. Highest ethical behavior is one of our four core values, and it is critical to the success of our company and our customers," said Cornel Fuerer, vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer, Solae. "As the world's leader in soy-based ingredients, we strive to provide solutions to help feed a growing global population with nutritious, sustainable and affordable ingredients. It is our responsibility to ensure that our ingredients are safe and of high-quality. To achieve this, integrity must be at the core of everything we do."

Out of a record number of nominations for the award, Solae secured a hard-earned spot on the list by implementing upright business practices and initiatives that are instrumental to the company's success, benefit the community and raise the bar for ethical standards within the food industry.

"Each year the competition for World's Most Ethical Companies intensifies as the number of nominations submitted for consideration grows," said Alex Brigham, Executive Director of Ethisphere. "This year's winners know that a strong ethics program is a key component to a successful business model, and they continue to scrutinize their ethical standards to keep up with an ever-changing regulatory environment."

Through in-depth research and a multi-step analysis, Ethisphere reviewed nominations from companies in more than 100 countries and 36 industries. The methodology for the World's Most Ethical Companies includes reviewing codes of ethics, litigation and regulatory infraction histories; evaluating the investment in innovation and sustainable business practices; looking at activities designed to improve corporate citizenship; and studying nominations from senior executives, industry peers, suppliers and customers.

In 2011, Solae also earned the Ethics Inside™ Certification from Ethisphere, which is awarded exclusively to companies that have implemented adequate standards, systems and programs to reasonably prevent compliance failures and ethical breakdowns, and also can demonstrate the existence of a superior employee and leadership culture that promotes ethical business practices. Solae is one of only twelve companies to receive both Ethics Inside™ Certification and World's Most Ethical recognition.

Read about the methodology and view the complete list of the 2012 World's Most Ethical Companies at The World's Most Ethical Companies will also be featured in the Q1 issue of the quarterly magazine Ethisphere.

The research-based Ethisphere® Institute is a leading international think-tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability. Ethisphere Magazine, which publishes the globally recognized World's Most Ethical Companies Ranking™, is the quarterly publication of the Institute. Ethisphere provides the only third-party verifications of compliance programs and ethical cultures that include: Ethics Inside® Certification, Compliance Leader Verification™ and Anti-Corruption Program Verification™. The Institute's premier membership group, the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance™, is a business ethics forum that includes more than 100 leading corporations, universities and institutions that collectively leverage their experience, expertise and innovative ways to address emerging compliance challenges. More information on the Ethisphere Institute, including ranking projects and membership, can be found at

Solae, LLC is a world leader in developing soy-based ingredients for nutritious, great-tasting products. Solae provides solutions that deliver a unique combination of functional, nutritional, economical and sustainable benefits to our customers. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, the company was formed through a joint venture between DuPont (NYSE: DD) and Bunge (NYSE: BG) in 2003. Solae is a recipient of the 2011-2012 Ethisphere's Ethics Inside Certification and was recognized as one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" in 2010, 2011 and 2012. For more information, visit, or follow the company on Twitter at, Facebook at, and LinkedIn at

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