6 N.J. companies land on CR Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens list

By Emily Bader
New Jersey | May 16, 2019 at 7:00 am

Six New Jersey-based companies were ranked among the 100 Best Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility Magazine.

The list recognizes the Top 100 environmental, social and governance transparency and performance of 1,000 of the largest public companies in the United States, it said.

“U.S. corporate leadership matters more than ever to drive progress despite government gridlock around environmental and social topics like climate change,” said Dave Armon, CEO of 3BL Media, the publisher of CR Magazine. “CR Magazine is proud to celebrate 20 years of advancing ESG transparency and performance through the 100 Best Corporate Citizens. Each year, we measure the increasingly competitive progress of brands on ESG topics. Transparency and public commitments make corporate responsibility and sustainability programs stronger. We congratulate those honored on this year’s ranking for their commitment to the triple bottom line.”

Owens Corning in Toledo, Ohio topped the list, followed by Intel, General Mills, Campbell Soup Co. and HP Inc.

Here are the six New Jersey companies, their overall rank and other notables include:

4. Campbell Soup (11 in Stakeholders and Society category; 12 in Human Rights category)
16. Johnson & Johnson (12 in Stakeholders and Society)
26. Merck & Co. Inc. (3 in Employee Relations)
64. Becton, Dickinson & Co. (6 in Environment)
73. Prudential Financial Inc. (12 in Employee Relations)
86. Mondelez International Inc. (6 in Human Rights)

To determine the ranking, CRM analyzed 134 total corporate disclosure and performance factors in seven categories: environment, climate change, employee relations, human rights, governance, stakeholders and society, and financial.

Dave Stangis of Campbell Soup said ranking No. 4 overall is a testament to the company’s employees who are committed to sustainability, transparency and the communities they serve

“This honor is a testament to the more than 20,000 Campbell employees around the world who are committed to sustainability, transparency and improving Campbell’s hometown communities,” Stangis, vice president of corporate responsibility and chief sustainability officer, said. “We are proud to be named to the 100 Best Corporate Citizens List for the 10th consecutive year and honored to be recognized in the top 5 once again.”

View the full list and methodology here.

“Companies on our 2019 ranking have something in common beyond what they disclose,” Mary Mazzoni, managing editor of CR Magazine, said. “They don’t measure success solely by gallons of water saved or tons of emissions avoided. They’re also leveraging their expertise to help make the world a better place.”

Emily Bader | ebader@roi-nj.com | emilybader