The Industrial Evolution 

America’s most transparent large-cap companies—sector by sector.


Welcome to the first set of “Industry Sector Best Corporate Citizens” lists. 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.


For the “Industry Sector Best Corporate Citizens” lists, we identify the industry sectors with high representation among the Russell 1000, our starting universe for our database. We then narrow those to 10 and apply the same review process to the companies on those sector lists as we do for the “100 Best Corporate Citizens List.”

The methodology collects 324 data elements in seven categories: climate change, employee relations, environment, financial, governance, human rights, and philanthropy. Data in each category takes one of two forms, true/false or numerical. “True” counts as a positive value; “False” as zero value. Numerical values are compared with all other companies’ numerical answers in order to generate a ranking. Nonreporters in these numerical cases rank worse than worst numerical respondent in any group.


We then tally total scores from the collected data elements for the seven categories and apply weights to each category to account for different relative values:


Climate change: 16.5%
Employee relations: 19.5%
Environment: 19.5%
Financial: 12.5%
Governance: 7.0%
Human Rightts: 16.0%
Philanthropy: 9.0%


Those total scores are rank ordered, highest to lowest, to generate our industry sector rankings. The entire process, including the weightings, is overseen by the by our methodology committee, whose members include CR practitioners in consultation with academics, NGO representatives, investors, and regulators.


Which would mean little if it weren’t transparent. But it is. For details on the weightings, the data collection process, and analysis, please visit and click on the “100 Best Corporate Citizens” tab on the left menu. 


— The Editors


CR Sector: Financials/Insurance/Real Estate
1. JPMorgan Chase & Co.
2. State Street Corp.
3. The Bank of New York Mellon Corp.
4. Citigroup Inc
5. US Bancorp
6. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
7. The Travelers Companies Inc.
8. Wells Fargo & Co.
9. Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.
10. American Express Co.



CR Sector: Information Technology
1. International Business Machines Corp.
2. Hewlett-Packard Co.
3. Intel Corp.
4. Microsoft Corporation
5. Texas Instruments Inc.
6. EMC Corp.
7. Cisco Systems, Inc.
8. Dell Inc. * YELLOW CARD INFRACTION (see below)
9. Xerox Corp
10. Lexmark International, Inc.



CR Sector: Materials
1. E.I. DuPont De Nemours & Co
2. Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc.
3. Newmont Mining Corp.
4. Dow Chemical Co.
5. Sonoco Products Co.
6. Mosaic Company
7. Lubrizol Corp.
8. International Paper Co.
9. Weyerhaeuser Co.
10. Sigma-Aldrich Corp.



CR Sector: Customer Items
1. Mattel, Inc.
2. Nike, Inc.
3. Gap, Inc.
4. Phillips-Van Heusen Corp.
5. Target Corp
6. Staples, Inc.
7. Whirlpool Corp.
8. TJX Companies, Inc.
9. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
10. Limited Brands, Inc.



CR Sector: Media & Entertainment
1. Starbucks Corp.
2. McGraw-Hill Cos., Inc.
3. Walt Disney Co.
4. Carnival Corp.
5. Darden Restaurants, Inc.
6. Marriott International, Inc.
7. Yum! Brands Inc.
8. Time Warner Inc
9. McDonald`s Corp
10. Time Warner Cable Inc



CR Sector: Business Services
1. Accenture plc
2. Computer Sciences Corp.
3. Manpower Inc.
4. Interpublic Group Of Cos., Inc.
5. MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc.
6. Stericycle Inc.
7. Waste Management, Inc.
8. SAIC Inc
9. Omnicom Group, Inc.
10. Compuware Corp.



CR Sector: Consumer Staples
1. Campbell Soup Co.
2. Kimberly-Clark Corp.
3. General Mills, Inc.
4. Coca-Cola Co
5. Avon Products, Inc.
6. Pepsico Inc.
7. Sara Lee Corp.
8. Hormel Foods Corp.
9. H.J. Heinz Co.
10. Procter & Gamble Co.



CR Sector: Utilities
1. Pinnacle West Capital Corp.
2. Consolidated Edison, Inc.
3. Spectra Energy Corp
4. PG&E Corp.
5. Southern Company
6. Exelon Corp.
7. Wisconsin Energy Corp.
8. Entergy Corp. Energy
9. Sempra Energy
10. Dominion Resources Inc



CR Sector: Energy
1. Chevron Corp.
2. Occidental Petroleum Corp. * YELLOW CARD INFRACTION (see below)
3. Hess Corporation
4. Marathon Oil Corporation
5. Sunoco, Inc.
6. ConocoPhillips
7. EOG Resources, Inc.
8. Schlumberger Ltd.
9. Noble Energy Inc
10. Devon Energy Corp.



CR Sector: Healthcare
1. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.
2. Johnson & Johnson * YELLOW CARD INFRACTION (see below)
3. Abbott Laboratories
4. Merck & Co., Inc
5. Baxter International Inc.
6. Life Technologies Corp
7. Medtronic, Inc.
8. Mckesson Corporation
9. Amgen Inc.
10. Eli Lilly & Co




Dell Inc.
In July 2010, Dell agreed to pay $100 million to settle fraud charges from the SEC, ending a case dating back to 2005. Dell did not disclose to its investors 'large exclusivity payments' that Intel made to Dell in exchange for Dell's agreement not use chips made by rival chipmaker AMD. The payments were so large that they made up 76% of Dell's operating income in the first quarter of 2007, and double-digit percentages of its earnings in several other quarters



Occidental Petroleum Corp.
Occidental is involved in a major human rights and environmental contamination lawsuit regarding the pollution of indigenous land and the Amazon River. The indigenous plaintiffs filed suit in 2007 accusing Occidental of knowingly dumping an estimated 850,000 barrels of toxic wastewater per day into the rainforest inhabited by the Achuar people of northern Peru. In December 2010, and appeals court ruled that the case be heard in Los Angeles.


Johnson & Johnson
In 2010, lawmakers and drug safety regulators began an investigation in regards to how Johnson & Johnson may have planned a recall. The recall involved many of the company's children brand drugs as well as Motrin and other brands. A subsequent investigation revealed that the company's McNeil Consumer Healthcare division hired and subcontracted WIS International to buy the company's products from store shelves and did not notify consumers of potential problems. An email from an executive at WIS indicated that the companies were planning secret recall of children's Tylenol and Motrin.



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