100 Best Corporate Citizens

2015 Sustainable Buyer’s Guide: Most Responsible Companies by Sector

cr industry sector The most transparent large-cap companies By The Editors This is CR Magazine’s annual set of “Industry Sector Best Corporate Citizens” lists. It serves as a buyer’s guide for establishing that your supply chain/value chain is comprised of the most responsible, sustainable and transparent companies—and this guide helps ensure you are creating shared value when strategic opportunities arise. This list is the Top 12 in 10 industry categories, and they are listed in alphabetical order. The actual order of results—the 10 individual industry winners as well as the remainder in the order each company finished—will be announced during the COMMIT!Forum. We congratulate all the companies on this list. For these compilations, we use the same methodology as the “100 Best Corporate Citizens List,” with one additional data slice. The Best Corporate Citizens database comprises publicly available data from Russell 1000 companies collected and analyzed by IW Financial, a Portland, Maine- based financial analysis firm serving the environment, social, and governance (ESG) investment community.

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The Best Corporate Citizens by Individual Category

The 12 highest-ranked companies in each of our measurement categories
By The Editors
Each year, Corporate Responsibility Magazine engages its research partners in an in-depth process to rank each Russell 1000 company according to its performance on 303 data points related to CR.
These data points are gathered from publicly available information, and thus our lists – 100 Best Corporate Citizens and 100 Best Corporate Citizens by Industry Sector: Sustainable Buyer’s Guide—measure transparency, accountability, and business success. We also run another list to recognize those companies that are improving the fastest as compared to their peers –the Most Improved Corporate Citizens. And now we announce a new list: the category winners.
The 303 data points we measure are arranged according to seven categories of business performance:
• corporate governance
• philanthropy
• human rights
• employee relations
• climate change
• environmental performance, and
• financial performance.

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The 100 Best Corporate Citizens

The 100 Best Corporate Citizens


Our 16th annual ranking of transparency, accountability and business performance
By The Editors
Corporate Responsibility Magazine is pleased to present our 16th annual list of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens. This year’s 100 Best List began with our research
team documenting 303 data points of disclosure and performance measurements for the entire Russell 1000. The data was gleaned from publicly available information and each company was ranked in seven categories:
• Environment
• Climate Change
• Employee Relations
• Human rights
• Corporate governance
• Financial performance, and
• Philanthropy.
More details on our methodology follow the List.
We offer the companies named to the 2015 100 Best List our congratulations. They delivered on their commitments to transparency and accountability in highly competitive industries.

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CEO’s Letter: The stubborn facts about the 100 Best Corporate Citizens List

CEO’s Letter: The stubborn facts about the 100 Best Corporate Citizens List
Elliot H. Clark, CEO

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”
– John Adams

In 1770, as the passions of the revolution were boiling over in the colony of Massachusetts, the Boston Massacre set off a renewed outcry by the uninformed citizens of Boston for the hanging of five British regulars. John Adams, a noted advocate for colonial rights, surprisingly took the case and demonstrated the circumstances of the firing were justifiable given the FACTS. His defense included the statement above. You see, the outcry of the uninformed, is a most dangerous situation. In today’s world, placing a microphone or a keyboard in front of someone for whom facts are not “stubborn” things can lead to the grossest misperceptions.

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Editor’s Note: On Judging and Being Judged

On Judging and Being Judged


Bill Hatton

Editorial Director


Philosophy has three fundamental branches: ontology, epistemology, and axiology. Ontological questions start, “What Is ...?” Epistemological questions ask, “How do I know?” And axiological questions ask, “How do I make judgments?”
The “fun” (i.e., complex) part is that all these questions fold over one another, each poking into the other’s category. So in the branch of axiology called aesthetics, we end up with all three categories of questions each time we ask a question. We might look at a painting in a museum and say “What’s so great about that?” We ask:

  • “What is beauty?” (ontology)
  • “How do I know?” (epistemology), and
  • “How do I judge if that painting is beautiful (or aesthetically important enough to be placed in a museum)?”

The answers to those types of questions have generated a civilization-long conversation.

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CR’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens 2014

Our 15th chronicle of transparency, accountability, and business performance
By The Editors


Corporate Responsibility Magazine is pleased to present our 15th annual list of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens.
This year’s 100 Best List began with our research team documenting 298 data points of disclosure and performance measurements for the entire Russell 1000. The data was harvested from publicly available information and each company was ranked in seven categories:

  • Environment
  • Climate change
  • Employee relations
  • Human rights
  • Corporate governance
  • Financial performance
  • Philanthropy.

More details on our methodology follow the List.


We offer the companies named to the 2014 100 Best List our congratulations—for delivering on their commitments
to transparency and accountability in highly competitive industries.

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