100 Best Corporate Citizens 2018” Roster -– Published by CR Magazine

The “100 Best Corporate Citizens 2018” Roster -– Published by CR Magazine

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.)

Top Companies:
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”.

3BL Media LLC is the global leader in disseminating CR and sustainability content. Its brands include Triple Pundit; CSR Wire; 3BL Wire; 3BL Report Alert; Justmeans, 3BL Studio, and others. Corporate clients utilize the platforms for their sustainability, CR and related content distribution, communications and campaigns.

G&A Institute has collaborated with 3BL Media and Corporate Responsibility Magazine on a long-term basis.  3BL content is carried on G&A’s news and opinion web platforms.

The details for the “100 Most are in the Top Story:

Top Stories

Corporate Responsibility Magazine Announces 2018 100 Best Corporate Citizens
(Wednesday - May 09, 2018) Associated Profiles : CSRwire Source: CSR Wire -- Corporate Responsibility Magazine (CR Magazine) announced today its 19th annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens list, recognizing the standout environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of...  


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(Tuesday - May 01, 2018) Source: Sustainable Brands - As we approach the 2020 deadline for many corporate sustainability pledges, plus the commitments made in the New York Declaration on Forests, sustainable business practices are front and center in the minds of decision-makers... 

AICPA offers guidance on achieving UN sustainability goals
(Tuesday - May 01, 2018) Source: Accounting Today - The Association of International CPAs has released a guide to how management accountants can help their organizations fulfill the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals...

Jeff Bezos’ Sustainability Catch-22
(Tuesday - May 01, 2018) Source: Triple Pundit - The conclusion I have reached lately that he is not only one of the richest persons in the world, but also the most important one when it comes to sustainability. In other words, he is the person with the most influence on the... 

Sustainability of apparel: Is a level playing field possible across fibres?
(Tuesday - May 01, 2018) Source: Ecotextile - Lately not a day goes by without yet another report on the environmental harm caused by apparel and textiles, along with a host of recommendations for changes by industry, policymakers and shoppers. Consistent across most of... 

Millennials are investing in sustainability, and it's paying off
(Tuesday - May 01, 2018) Source: Daily Journal - So this age group might not be the first that comes to mind when you hear the word “investing.” If they aren’t buying homes or cars, then why would they be shelling out for stock? 

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Oregon will issue its first sustainability bonds  
(Monday - May 07, 2018) Source: Bond Buyer - Oregon plans to issue its first sustainability bonds with a $40 million sale that will help fund affordable housing projects across the state...

$80M Allocated for Sustainability Projects
(Monday - May 07, 2018) Source: Growing Produce - USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently announced the availability of up to $80 million in funding for integrated projects to increase sustainable production of food and agricultural products. Funding is...

2 economic concepts every sustainability professional should know
(Wednesday - May 09, 2018) Source: GreenBiz - As sustainability scientists, we are faced on a daily basis with complex, multi-dimensional problems that challenge our own analytical skills and our organizations' decision-making processes. In the typical corporate... 

Corporate Sustainability Focus Continues to Trend Upward
(Wednesday - May 09, 2018) Source: JDSupre - Public company focus on environmental, social, and governance issues has been trending upward for years, largely at the insistence of investors, employee, regulators, and other company stakeholders. A recent report entitled... 

Balancing Green: A Practical Guide to Corporate Sustainability
(Wednesday - May 09, 2018) 
Source: Forbes - Yossi Sheffi, Director of the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics, has done it again. He recently published a must-read book on sustainability. Balancing Green: When to Embrace Sustainability in a Business (and When Not To)... 

Why Nonprofit Sustainability Means Doing Business Differently
(Thursday - May 10, 2018) Source: Forbes - If organizations are to provide quality service and meet growing community needs on decreasing resources, stakeholders (funders, clients, boards and staff) need to chart a new course by turning current service delivery on its head...

World Business Leaders to Share New Sustainable Vision in June
(Thursday - May 10, 2018) Associated Profiles : CSRwire Source: CSR Wire -- Ethical Corporation is delighted to confirm that the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment UK Government and CEOs from; United Nations Global Compact, Allianz, L’Oréal...  

Reducing meat consumption to reduce CO2 emissions: a sustainable challenge  
(Thursday - May 10, 2018) Associated Profiles : Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Source: EURACTIV - The international study compares the carbon dioxide emissions in 130 countries according to their eating habits, by using the data of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Not only does it points out...

High impact vineyard practices can promote sustainability
(Thursday - May 10, 2018) Source: Western Farm Press - Vintners and growers of wine grapes are being alerted to sustainability practices that will give them the greatest bang for their buck...

HP Inc. Survey Reveals Sustainability Tops List of Incentives for Office Workers
(Friday - May 11, 2018) Source: CSRWire - In a new survey from HP Inc. focusing on more than 3,000 office employees in Mexico, U.S. and Brazil, sustainability rises to the top as the most important employer offering. 

Our Focus This Week on A Range of ESG Topics & Issues – More Things For You to Think About 

WORLDVIEW: Sustainable investing delivers market-beating returns
(Wednesday - May 02, 2018) Associated Profiles: MSCI Group (NYSE: MDX)  Source: biznews.com - Since its inception, it has returned 13.5% a year, compared to the MSCI World’s 7.3%. These market-beating returns are a powerful argument in favour of the sustainable investing strategy. And Generation isn’t the only..

6 Reasons Retail Brands Should Invest in Corporate Social Responsibility
(Wednesday - May 02, 2018) Source: Multi Channel Merchant - A recent Cone Communications survey found that 87% of consumers are apt to purchase a product if the company supports something they care about. A recent Nielsen study showed that about three-fourths of Millennials are willing...  

Clean200 List From As You Sow And Corporate Knights Outperforms Dirty Energy Corporations By Nearly Double
(Monday - May 07, 2018) Associated Profiles: Corporate Knights Source:PRNewswire-USNewswire - As You Sow and Corporate Knights released the fourth update of the Carbon Clean 200tm (Clean200tm), a list of the 200 largest publicly traded companies in the world... 

California to require solar panels on most new homes
(Monday - May 07, 2018) Source: Engaget.com - he state's Energy Commission is expected to approve new energy standards that would require solar panels on the roofs of nearly all new homes, condos and apartment buildings from 2020 onward. There will be exemptions for homes... 

Scientists say new study shows pig health hurt by GMO feed
(Friday - May 11, 2018) Associated Profiles : CropLife International Source: Chicago Tribune - CropLife International, a global federation representing the plant science industry, said more than 150 scientific studies have been done on animals fed biotech crops and to date, there is no scientific evidence of any... 



Headlines for You From the Corporate Sector - Both Positive & Negative 

Why Ford Will Probably Be Fine Without Sedans
(Tuesday - May 01, 2018) Source: Forbes 

Executive Compensation at Penney’s, Abercrombie
(Wednesday - May 02, 2018) Source: WWD

Goodyear wins Honda Supplier Sustainability Award
(Thursday - May 10, 2018) Source: Cleveland.com 

News & Opinion: Asset Managers, Sovereign Wealth Funds, Pension Funds

Dan Walters: The dimensions of California’s pension crisis
(Monday - April 30, 2018) Associated Profiles : California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) Source: Napa Valley Register - The California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), the nation’s largest pension trust fund, and other state and local systems are desperately trying to close those shortfalls, or at least reduce them, mostly by... 

Abu Dhabi sovereign fund eyes renewables as returns improve in 2017
(Monday - April 30, 2018) Associated Profiles : Abu Dhabi Investment Authority  Source: Gulf Business - Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), the world’s third-biggest sovereign wealth fund, said it may invest more in renewable energy, as climate change fears prompt fund managers even in the oil-rich Middle East to look... 

Warren Buffett defends doing business with gun manufacturers after questioner claims it's at odds with everything he stands for (RGR, SWHC)
(Monday - May 07, 2018) Associated Profiles : Business & Human Rights Resource Centre 
Source: Yahoo Finance - Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway's CEO, said on Saturday that his personal views on gun control do not reflect the company's thinking. "I do not believe in imposing my political opinions on the activities of our businesses,"... 

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