North Texas Companies Honored for Ethical Standards

Yesterday, two North Texas companies were given an elite status as “The 2015 World’s Most Ethical Companies” according to Ethisphere. The North Texas Commission is both proud and honored to have both Fluor and Texas Instruments as Chairman Level Investors of our organization. The full list includes 132 companies and spans 21 countries and 50 industries.



Fluor Corporation

Donning the Fortune 500 at number 109, Irving-based Fluor has pioneered the engineering sector since its inception in 1912. Their projects span the globe and are considered some of the world’s toughest designs and builds. Notable Flour projects include the Dow Gulfstream Petrochemical program in Freeport, Texas; the Dominion Bear Garden power generating station in New Canton, Va.; the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure high speed rail line in The Netherlands; the Codelco Gaby mine copper facilities and plant in Northern Chile; and many more. With a global footprint and a diverse selection of services, it’s easy to see how Fluor is one of only 15 to be named as “The World’s Most Ethical Companies” every year since the list began in 2007.



Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments (TI) continues to make headlines year over year for its ingenuity and creativity in current and new technologies. Although they humbly began in the oil fields of Texas, TI has grown into a global powerhouse for innovation with 31,000 employees worldwide serving 35 countries. Listed at 227 on the Fortune 500, TI has earned their status with a hefty resume of groundbreaking inventions including the first semiconductor, the handheld calculator, the microchip and DPI projection systems. Ethical practices have always been a priority for TI, and they began printing Ethics in the Business of TI in 1961. TI has been listed as one of “The 2015 World’s Most Ethical Companies” for the past eight years.


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The Selection Process

With economic downturn and corporate scandal filling the headlines of the early 2000’s, it became alarmingly evident that companies needed more recognition for their ethical business practices. Beginning in 2007, Ethisphere has released a list of “The World’s Most Ethical Companies” using a proprietary rating system they call the corporate Ethics Quotient (EQ). The framework of EQ is comprised of a series of multiple-choice questions that capture a company’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way. The EQ framework and methodology was determined, vetted and refined by the expert advice and insights gleaned from Ethisphere’s network of thought leaders and from the World’s Most Ethical Companies Methodology Advisory Panel.

The EQ framework consists of five core categories. The categories and associated weighting for each are defined below. For full details on the process and scoring, please CLICK HERE.



Dallas Startup Week!

Grab your android, hail an Uber, and head to downtown Dallas for Startup Week. If you don’t 100 percent understand that sentence, no worries, I’m here to help.

From March 2-6, Dallas will play host to its biggest startup event to date, Startup Week. Put on by UpGlobal, Startup Week is a conference and celebration of startups and entrepreneurs. The week-long affair will play host to over 100 events, meetups, speakers and happy hours all targeted to help entrepreneurs learn, connect and advance their ideas. North Texas has played host to numerous Startup weekends but this is the first time the week-long version has come to the region and it’s already gaining huge attention. Ten thousand people from seemingly all sectors are expected to participate in some way in the conference.

To help you navigate all the events and opportunities Startup Week is split into several “Tracks” that have a unifying theme. Tracks include everything from tech, food, fashion, real-estate, finance and social enterprise.

Even though the event is based in Dallas, they haven’t ignored the critical value that our regional setting plays. All Thursday afternoon you can participate in the “City Fair” where representatives from around the region will boast as to why one should launch their company in their city limits. I will be Represtentin’ Denton for a portion of the afternoon. If you have any interest in making sure your city has a strong presence in the City Fair visit this link to sign up!

This celebration of startups and innovation is a great showcase for the vibrant entrepreneurial eco-system in the North Texas Region that is rapidly growing. If you want to learn more about Startup Week visit or you can always check them out on Twitter and Facebook.

InterLink’s 28th Annual Regional Occupation Survey

interlink14For nearly 30 years, North Central Texas InterLink has been instrumental in guiding the region’s public schools and colleges on fulfilling workforce needs. InterLink’s success is largely attributed to the feedback and guidance shared through the annual North Central Texas Regional Occupation survey.

This survey reaches every industry sector and all feedback is carefully considered. The responses to the survey result in a report that is used by North Central Texas secondary and post-secondary educators to implement and develop programs that will skill the workforce based upon the demand shown through the survey. The greater the response, the stronger the future workforce.

Please share this link with the hiring authority at your organization and encourage them to participate. Be assured that the results of the survey are confidential and are reported in aggregate. InterLink does not release the names of survey participants.

If you are a member of a business or trade association, chamber of commerce, advisory committee, or any other organization whose members are in the 16 county Dallas/Fort Worth Region, please send this email to them and encourage them to participate with the survey by forwarding it to their constituents.

The survey closes March 18, 2015. All participants receive a copy of the final survey report. Please CLICK HERE for the survey.

Most Diverse Zip in the US: 75038

It probably doesn’t come as a surprise to North Texas residents that as the population in the Dallas-Fort Worth area has grown, so too has the diversity. But how many people would believe that the Metroplex – not New York, Los Angeles, or Miami – is home to the most diverse zip code in the country?  A study conducted by the residential real estate site Trulia revealed that Irving’s 75038 zip code is leading the way as the country’s most diverse neighborhood.

The 75038 zip code, which is just east of DFW Airport and near Highway 114,is home to almost an exactly even split of white, black, Hispanic and Asian residents.  According to Trulia, 26 percent of the residents are Asian, 25 percent are black, 23 percent are Hispanic, and 23 percent are white. The 11428 zip code in New York’s Queens Village neighborhood checked in at number two, while the 94130 zip code in San Francisco’s Treasure Island is third.

Trulia notes that along with being diverse, the neighborhoods that made their list also have several other traits in common. Most of the neighborhoods are in areas that are neither dense nor central to the metropolitan area they are a part of. The neighborhoods are also relatively unknown to people who aren’t familiar with the area.

Diversity also has an impact on population growth and home prices. Trulia says they found that from October 2011 to October 2012 neighborhoods that are more diverse have higher population growth and stronger growth in home prices. As a result, as home prices continue to rise these neighborhoods could become less diverse over time. This could lead to Trulia’s list looking quite different by the time the next census is released in 2020.