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  • Award recognizes Dell’s commitment to engage ethically with customers, suppliers and partners worldwide

Dell today was recognized as a 2014 World’s Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute, an independent center of research promoting best practices in corporate ethics and governance.

The EI award designation is given to companies “that continue to raise the bar on ethical leadership and corporate behavior.” The Institute’s award is based on a company’s understanding of the correlation between ethics, reputation and daily interactions with its customers and others. Dell is one of only 10 companies in the technology sector honored this year.

“The entire community of World’s Most Ethical Companies believe that customers, employees, investors and regulators place a high premium on trust and that ethics and good governance are key in earning it,” said Timothy Erblich, Ethisphere’s Chief Executive Officer. “Dell joins an exclusive community committed to driving performance through leading business practices. We congratulate everyone at Dell for this extraordinary achievement.”

“I’m proud of our team members worldwide,” said Michael Dell, Chairman and CEO of Dell. “ We’re committed to engaging ethically with all our stakeholders and to winning with integrity.”

The World's Most Ethical Company assessment is based on a framework developed by the Ethisphere Institute to assess an organization’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way. The information it collects provides a comprehensive sampling of core competencies in corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics.

The EI framework and methodology was determined and refined by expert advice and insights from Ethisphere’s network of thought leaders and from the World’s Most Ethical Company Methodology Advisory Panel.

The institute’s scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (25 percent), reputation, leadership and innovation (20 percent), governance (10 percent), corporate citizenship and responsibility (25 percent) and culture of ethics (20 percent).

The award from the Ethisphere Institute adds to previous Dell corporate governance recognition. The company in 2013 was presented the Principled Performance Award by OCEG, an industry-leading, non-profit think tank dedicated to assisting companies in achieving their governance, risk and compliance objectives.

Dell is committed to a culture of integrating ethics and compliance into daily decision-making. Dell believes acting ethically in all we do is good business and important to our customers, suppliers and strategic partners. As a result, critical programs have been developed to address key risks across the enterprise. These programs operate under the oversight of the Dell Global Risk and Compliance Council (GRCC), which includes members of the Dell Executive Leadership Team and strategic functional heads such as Ethics, Audit and Accounting. This Council ensures both top-level leadership support and appropriate resources are available for Dell’s risk and compliance programs, and that ethical decision making informs strategic decision-making at the company.

“Doing the right thing, and winning the right way is personal at Dell. It’s the way we do business,” said Michael McLaughlin, Dell’s Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer. “This award, and the other recognition Dell has received, recognizes Dell’s commitment to integrity and our promise to continue to strive to live our purpose and values in all we do.”

About Dell
Dell Inc. listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. Dell’s culture of a higher standard of integrity is based on the understanding that integrating ethics and compliance into daily decision-making is also good business and important to its customers, suppliers and strategic partners. For more information, visit www.dell.com.

Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others.

About the Ethisphere Institute
The Ethisphere® Institute is an independent center of research, best practices and thought leadership that promotes best practices in corporate ethics and governance and enables organizations to improve compliance, mitigate risk, and enhance relationships with employees, business partners, investors and the broad regulatory community. Ethisphere evaluates and benchmarks compliance and governance programs, honors superior achievement through its World’s Most Ethical Companies recognition program, and publishes Ethisphere Magazine. Ethisphere is also the leading provider of independent verification of corporate ethics and compliance programs that include: Ethics Inside® Certification, Compliance Leader Verification™ and Anti-Corruption Program Verification. More information about Ethisphere can be found at: www.ethisphere.com.

Ethisphere Media Contact:
Clea Nabozny

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