Sustainable Business Network Hosts Texas Instruments Ethics Talk
On July 24, more than 80 risk and compliance officers, human resources professionals
and UD alumni, faculty and staff members gathered on the Texas Instruments (TI) campus
in Dallas for the Satish and Yasmin Gupta College of Business Sustainable Business
Network (SBN) summer networking event. In his talk titled Ethics: Beyond Words and
Slogans, TI Vice President and Director of Ethics David Solomon spoke about the challenges
and successes TI has faced in striving to promote an ethical culture across its organization.
"A true commitment to ethics comes from the top," Solomon told the attendees, who
hailed from a variety of local companies that included AT&T, Bell Helicopter, Cucina
Antiqua, Fidelity Investments, PepsiCo, Oncor and Sabre. TI's leaders establish the
tone at the top by communicating to the entire company their own commitment to doing
business the right way.
Part of Solomon's job is to travel to TI sites around the world, speaking with employees
and leaders to help them understand the importance of ethical behavior and the company's code
In 2015, for the ninth year in a row, Ethisphere Magazine named TI one of the worlds
most ethical companies; additionally, for the 12th consecutive year, Fortune ranked
TI second in industry on its Worlds Most Admired Companies list. Solomon believes
these accolades to be a direct result of ethics being such a high priority for everyone
in the company. TI has always had an open-door policy, reinforced by 13 mostly anonymous
channels through which employees can communicate concerns about ethics or compliance.
TI unabashedly carries its message of ethical business practices around the world,
sometimes into countries or cultures where employees might be reluctant to report
a compliance issue. Sharing this commitment far and wide also helps to recruit quality
"They want to work for a good company," said Solomon.
The SBN is an open forum for building relationships, exchanging best practices and fostering
dialogue around issues of corporate social responsibility, sustainability and eco-innovation,
and corporate governance. It hosts quarterly events and panel discussions on relevant
topics led by recognized industry experts.