Corporate Responsibility magazine has honored several USCIB members, including Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, AT&T, Qualcomm and Walt Disney, among many others, in their annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens rankings. 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 Corporate Citizens list documents 260 ESG data points of disclosure and performance measures—harvested from publicly available information in seven categories: environment, climate change, employee relations, human rights, governance, finance, and philanthropy & community support.
The list ranks the Russell 1000 Index and research is conducted by ISS Corporate Solutions. There is no fee for companies to be assessed. Companies listed on the Russell 1000 are analyzed using publicly available records from their websites, annual reports, shareholder calls, media interviews, NGOs and government documents. The analysis includes 260 data points on environmental, climate change, human rights, employee relations, corporate governance, philanthropy, and financial performance. As a result, companies are rated on what information they disclose as well as how much they disclose.
To compile this ranking, data is obtained from public records and not from private self-reports to the analysts. Many rankings ask companies to fill out surveys and questionnaires about internal operations and ours relies on what is publicly available. That’s because transparency and public commitments help make a company’s sustainability program stronger.