ING U.S. Inc. recently announced that it has been honored as one of the world's most ethical companies by the Ethisphere Institute, an independent center of research promoting best practices in corporate ethics and governance. The designation was awarded to 144 companies globally. ING U.S., which bases its ING Financial Partners and annuity and asset sales in Des Moines, was among 16 financial services firms to receive the award. Other companies with Iowa ties receiving the award were Deere & Co. and Rockwell Collins Inc. To read a recent Business Record interview with ING U.S. CEO Rodney Martin Jr., click here.