Paychex, Inc., the HR software and services company that provides the power of simplicity for increasingly complex workplaces, is one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for 2021. The designation comes from Ethisphere, a global leader in defining and advancing ethical business practices standards. Paychex has received the honor 13 times in all, with ten consecutive wins going back to 2012.
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The company’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic is rooted in its values – ensuring continued workforce safety and agility and supporting the business community and Paychex clients as they navigate the current and post-pandemic landscape.
Corporate social responsibility at Paychex is evolving to address issues most important to the company’s clients, employees, communities, and investors. Continuous improvement remains a top priority, focusing on investments in the following areas:
1. Building a culture with an authentic commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
2. Attracting and retaining employees who live the company values of integrity and innovation
3. Advancing environmental stewardship for sustainability and climate-related issues
“Our commitment to ethical business practices is foundational, and it has been for the 50 years we’ve been in business,” said Martin Mucci, Paychex president and CEO. “During the past year, our employees, our clients, and our business were challenged beyond anything we’ve ever experienced. But our values-based culture helped us meet those challenges head-on. We kept our employees safe and engaged, provided our clients with the HR resources and support they needed to address the myriad of challenges presented by the pandemic, and responded with agility to keep our company strong for investors.”
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Chief ethics officer Stephanie Schaeffer says Paychex has embarked on several initiatives over the past year to strengthen its position as a leader in corporate social responsibility. “We continue to drive our CSR program forward, with a focus on climate-related issues on the sustainability front; and diversity, equity, and inclusion on the people side. This responsibility is something we take incredibly seriously. Not only because it’s important to our employees, clients, and investors, but because it’s the right thing to do.”
“While addressing the tough challenges of 2020, we saw companies lead – above all other institutions – on earning the trust of stakeholders through resilience and a commitment to ethics and integrity,” said Ethisphere CEO, Timothy Erblich. “The World’s Most Ethical Companies honorees continue to demonstrate an unwavering commitment to the highest values and positively impacting the communities they serve. Congratulations to everyone at Paychex for earning the World’s Most Ethical Companies designation.”
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