Raymond V. Gilmartin discusses the importance of business leaders, ensuring that ethics is deeply embedded in the culture of their organizations, and that the actions of every employee reflect a true commitment to ethical behavior. He also discusses how, in today’s global economy, corporations must maintain their fundamental commitment to ethical behavior everywhere they do business. Gilmartin joined Merck as president and chief executive officer in June 1994 as the first president and CEO hired from outside the company. He was named chairman of the board in November 1994. He joined Merck after serving as chairman, president and CEO of Becton Dickinson. He is a member of President Bush’s Export Council, and serves on the boards of General Mills, Inc., the Microsoft Corporation, and on Harvard Business School’s Board of Directors of the Associates. Gilmartin earned a degree in electrical engineering from Union College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Merck is one of the world’s largest research-driven pharmaceutical companies. The company employs more than 70,000 people worldwide and is headquartered in New Jersey. This year, BusinessWeek ranked Merck number 20 out of 50 top-performing companies. Merck is widely recognized for its efforts to improve global health and access to medicines. Founded in 1976, the Center for Business Ethics is dedicated to promoting ethical business conduct in contemporary society. With a vast network of practitioners and scholars, and an expansive multimedia library, the center provides an international forum for benchmarking and research in business ethics. The Center for Business Ethics helps corporations and other organizations strengthen their ethical cultures through educational programming and consulting, and is also a strategic partner of the Ethics Officer Association, which has more than 800 members.