Columbia Gas of Massachusetts’ Parent Company Named as a World’s Most Ethical Companies

Mar 07, 2016

Westborough, MA – For the fifth consecutive year NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI), the parent company of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, has been designated as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute. NiSource is the only company in this year’s gas utility category.

NiSource listed as one of the worlds most ethical companies for 2016

According to Ethisphere, the World’s Most Ethical Companies designation recognizescompanies that work tirelessly to make trust part of their corporate DNA.  In doing so, they shape future industry standards by introducing tomorrow’s best practices today.  

“This designation demonstrates our commitment to delivering service integrity and having a workforce that embodies ethical business standards,” said Steve Bryant, president of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts.  “Our commitment to doing the right thing crosses every aspect of our day-to-day business interactions – shaping the way we are viewed as a business, as an employer and as a team.” 

NiSource is one of 131 companies from 21 countries and five continents honored for leadership in promoting ethical business standards as measured by five key categories: ethics and compliance program; corporate citizenship and responsibility; culture of ethics; governance and leadership; and innovation and reputation.  

"Companies rely on Ethisphere to continually raise and measure the standards of corporate behavior.

Those that demonstrate leadership in areas like citizenship, integrity and transparency create more value for their investors, communities, customers and employees, thus solidifying a sustainable business advantage," explained Ethisphere’s Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich. "Congratulations to everyone at NiSource for being recognized as a World's Most Ethical Company." 

The NiSource Code of Business Conduct is the foundation of the NiSource Ethics and Compliance Program. It is designed to provide guidance on how to apply the company’s core values and principles to maintain high standards of business conduct. NiSource’s Code of Business Conduct is available at  

Learn more about Columbia Gas of Massachusetts and NiSource’s commitment to ethics and compliance, and sustainability priorities in the 2014 Sustainability Report available at The 2015 report will be published later this year.  

For more information on World’s Most Ethical Companies selection methodology and to view the complete list of the 2016 World’s Most Ethical Companies, visit This year marks the 10th anniversary of Ethisphere and the World’s Most Ethical Companies designation.