Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business

April 3, 2014Business Meeting

In January 2014, Trust Across America-Trust Around the World (TAA-TWA), global leaders in organizational trust, has selected 2014′s Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business. These experts can collectively transform the way organizations do business.

According to Barbara Kimmel, Executive Director, “The release of this fourth annual list coincides with the first anniversary of Trust Across America’s Campaign for Trust™, a collaborative initiative to reverse the cycle of mistrust.” More on the Campaign here.

This year’s recipients hail from around the globe and once again include leaders from the public and private sectors as well as authors, consultants, researchers and academics. Each honoree has made an extensive and positive contribution to building trust in organizations and many have joined Trust Across America’s Alliance of Trustworthy Business Experts (ATBE), a vetted program of global experts who are collaboratively combating the world’s trust crisis. More on the Experts here.

The full list of Honorees along the Purpose and Methodolgy can be found at Trust Across America. TAA-TAW publicized and received hundreds of nominations from around the world. The list was narrowed through an extensive vetting and independent judging process.

According to Barbara Kimmel, “The honorees are inspiring organizations to look more closely at their higher purpose…to create greater value for, and trust from, all of their stakeholders. They understand that trust is an asset that can leverage real business gains. We congratulate all of our honorees whose work is shining a spotlight on the importance of trust and providing a roadmap for others to follow.”

Trust Across America-Trust Around the World is a program of Next Decade, Inc., an award-winning communications firm that has been unraveling and simplifying complex subjects for over 20 years. TAA-TAW provides a framework for organizations to improve trustworthy practices, as well as showcasing individuals and organizations that are exhibiting high levels of trust and integrity.

Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business 2014
While there are many “top” lists and awards, none specifically address trustworthy business – perhaps because the word “trust” presents a definitional challenge. For five years Trust Across America has been working with a growing team of experts to study, define and quantify organizational trust.

During the course of our research, we have met with and spoken to hundreds of experts, across a variety of professional disciplines who, when their efforts are combined, help create trustworthy organizations. As our understanding of trust deepens, so does our pool of exceptional candidates. Many of the honorees are well-known CEOs and leadership experts, while others are quietly working behind the scenes as teachers and researchers. We intend to shine the spotlight on both groups, to redirect the focus from the “scandal of the day” to the trustworthy leaders and organizations of the day.

What a remarkable year for the 4th Annual Top Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business, published by Trust Across America – Trust Around the World. This year we took a bold step by requesting a small nomination entry fee and limiting the number of applications to 250. This eliminated “ballot stuffing” and enabled us to pay a stipend to a panel of judges who assisted us in selecting our final list of honorees.

After the close of our ten-week nomination period in mid-November, 2013, our team of judges independently reviewed a roster of current honorees and new nominations. The naming or exclusion from the 2014 list required the vote of at least two judges.

The results have been tabulated and we believe the 2014 honoree selection is undoubtedly our highest quality and best yet. We hope you agree.

In the tradition we began last year, we dedicate our 2014 Top Thought Leaders to Nelson Mandela who became the first black president of South Africa in 1994, serving until 1999. A symbol of global peacemaking, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

Barbara Kimmel, Executive Director
Trust Across America-Trust Around the World
(908) 879-6625 or email-
Twitter: @BarbaraKimmel

Reprinted with permission from Green Money Journal.
Click here to read the original article.

Photo Credit: Flickr/thetaxhaven