The CSR field includes many ratings and rankings, each with its own methodology and purpose, and all of them worthy. But the annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens list produced by CR Magazine is singular in its transparency, in-depth research, and integrity.
To arrive at its ranking, the 100 Best Corporate Citizens list analyzes 260 ESG data points of disclosure and performance measures from every Russell 1000 company in seven categories: environment, climate change, employee relations, human rights, governance, finance, and philanthropy and community support.
Companies are evaluated using publicly available records from their websites, annual reports, shareholder calls, media interviews, NGOs and government documents, not from private self-reports to analysts. Research is conducted by third-party accreditor ISS Corporate Solutions and there is no fee for companies to be assessed.
"CR Magazine is proud to present the only ESG ranking list that doesn't rely on self-reporting," said CR Magazine Publisher Dave Armon. "Each year, the 100 Best Corporate Citizens ranking measures the success of the Brands Taking Stands movement by celebrating the most successful, most transparent companies that report on their responsible practices."
“The 100 Best ranking demonstrates that a company is dedicating resources towards its corporate responsibility and sustainability efforts,” explains Jen Boynton, Editor of CR Magazine. “Public disclosure allows its stakeholders to gain greater insights into a company’s business practices.”
The 100 Best Corporate Citizens List was first published in 1999 in Business Ethics Magazine, and has been managed by CR Magazine since 2007.
CR Magazine will announce the 19th annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens list on May 7 at noon ET, recognizing the standout environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of public companies across the United States. The 2018 ranking will be revealed during a Facebook Live broadcast on the 3BL Media - TriplePundit Facebook page. CR Magazine Publisher Armon and Editor Boynton will host the event.