Cruise lines earn prestigious recognition from the Ethisphere Institute

Seattle, Wash., March 12, 2015 — For the fourth consecutive year, Holland America Line, together with sister line Seabourn, was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute, the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. The company secured its spot on the 2015 list by implementing and promoting the highest ethical business standards and practices both internally and in the community.

Named in the Lodging, Leisure & Recreation category, Holland America Line and Seabourn are among 132 total honorees representing more than 50 industry sectors from around the world. Kelly Clark, chief ethics officer and senior vice president, safety, environmental and regulatory services, accepted the 2015 World’s Most Ethical Companies award at the Ethisphere Institute’s annual Gala Dinner March 9 in New York City.

“Holland America Line and Seabourn both work diligently to fulfill our own ethics goals, and we are proud to be listed once again among the World’s Most Ethical Companies,” said Clark. “We are honored that Ethisphere Institute recognized our efforts for the fourth consecutive year, and we will continue to raise the bar and ensure that ethical practices remain at the core of our business.”

“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 Holland America Line and Seabourn for this extraordinary achievement.”

In selecting the World’s Most Ethical Company honorees, Ethisphere organized its criteria for 2015 into five core categories: ethics and compliance program (35 percent), corporate citizenship and responsibility (20 percent), culture of ethics (20 percent), governance (15 percent) and leadership, innovation and reputation (10 percent).

This is the ninth year Ethisphere has published the World’s Most Ethical Companies list. Ethisphere reviewed hundreds of companies utilizing the proprietary methodology through in-depth research and multistep analysis, naming the companies that surpassed their industry peers to this year’s World’s Most Ethical Companies list. The 2015 list features companies in more than 50 industry sectors, including 31 headquartered outside of the United States.

Read about the methodology and view the complete list of the 2015 World’s Most Ethical Companies at http://ethisphere.com/worlds-most-ethical/wme-honorees.

For information about Holland America Line, visit www.hollandamerica.com, contact a travel professional, or call 877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425). For more information on Seabourn’s cruise vacations, contact a travel professional, call Seabourn at 800-929-9391 or visit www.seabourn.com.

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