The 100 Best Corporate Citizens
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.
On Judging and Being Judged
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.
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:
- Climate change
- Employee relations
- Human rights
- Corporate governance
- Financial performance
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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