Now in its 19th year, the well known CR Magazine “100 Best Corporate Citizens 2018” list was just unveiled; this effort recognizes the ESG performance of public companies in the United States. (The publication is now titled Corporate Responsibility Magazine, published by 3BL Media LLC.)
Microsoft (MSFT) earned top ranking (#1), followed by Accenture, Owens Corning, Intel, and Hasbro (#5). The next five ranked companies are (#6) Altria Group, Cisco Systems, Ecolab, Johnson & Johnson, and NVIDIA Corp (at #10). The biggest gainers for the year were Becton, Dickenson; IBM; Owens Corning; and Biogen. The complete list is available in our Top Story.
Assembling the list does not rely on responding to a survey, publisher Dave Armon explains. Each year the rankings measure the success of the “Brands Taking Stands” movement by celebrating the most successful, most transparent companies that report on their responsible practices. “We congratulate the company on the 2018 list for their commitment to corporate responsibility,” he said in announcing the rankings.
The list examines 260 data points of performance measures and disclosure, harvested from publicly-available information for every company in the Russell 1000® Index, in seven categories (environmental, climate change, employee relations, human rights, corporate governance, financial, and philanthropy & community support). The underlying research is conducted by ISS Corporate Solutions (Institutional Shareholder Services).
The inaugural list was published in 1999 by the former Business Ethics Magazine, which segued into CR Magazine.
Coming up soon, CR Magazine in collaboration with the 3BL Association (formerly the Corporate Responsibility Association), presents the well known annual COMMIT!Forum conference, now re-branded as the 2018 3BL Forum by its new owners. This year’s event is at MGM National Harbor near Washington DC, October 23-25; the theme is “Brands Taking Stands – The Long View”.
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