MILWAUKEE, March 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN), the world leader in innovative workforce solutions, was today named one of the World's Most Ethical ("WME") Companies by the Ethisphere Institute for the third consecutive year. The 2013 WME companies are those that truly embrace ethical business practices and demonstrate industry leadership, forcing peers to follow suit or fall behind. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110330/CG73938LOGO-a) "The World's Most Ethical distinction recognizes how ManpowerGroup unleashes human potential, delivers innovative workforce solutions, and has the most trusted brand in the industry," said Jeffrey A. Joerres, ManpowerGroup Chairman and CEO. "This continued recognition means a great deal to our nearly 30,000 colleagues around the world. It confirms that responsible and ethical behavior is part of our corporate DNA, and what we have always seen as a commitment to our stakeholders," A record number of nominations and applications this year made the 2013 list – the most competitive in the seven-year history of the World's Most Ethical Companies. ManpowerGroup is the only company in the staffing services industry sector that has earned recognition for three consecutive years. "Not only did more companies apply than any year in the past, which demonstrates that ethical activity is an important part of many of these companies' business models, but we are also seeing more companies be proactive and create new initiatives that expand ethics programs and cultures across entire industries, such as industry-based ethics associations and other activities," saidAlex Brigham, Executive Director of Ethisphere. "We are excited to see the 2013 World's Most Ethical Companies take these leadership positions, and embrace the correlation between ethical behavior and improved financial performance." 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.