Johnson & Johnson got the number two slot in CR Magazine’s list of top 100 Corporate Citizens in the US, which also included names such as Kimberly-Clark, Merck, P&G and Dow Chemical.
Number one on the list was global biopharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb, which scored top marks overall on account of its environmental, humanitarian, employee rights, corporate governance, financial and philanthropic ratings.
The rating is determined through the assessment of 298 factors for each company, all of which are listed on the Russell 1000 Index, and the data for the assessment criteria is gathered from publically available records.
The assessment first began in 1999, when the list appeared in Business Ethics Magazine, and has subsequently been published by CR Magazine annually since 2007.
“CR Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens is the only ranking that doesn’t rely on self-reporting,” said Elliot Clark, CEO of CR Magazine.
“Each year, we measure the most transparent companies who report on their responsible practices. We congratulate those honored on this year’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens List for their commitment to corporate responsibility.”
The cosmetic manufacturers and suppliers that made the top 100 Corporate Citizens list:
2 Johnson & Johnson
45 Dow Chemical
50 Procter & Gamble
88 Allergan (Botox maker)
Top-rated Johnson & Johnson was ranked in 17th position for the magazine’s 2013 assessment, but improvements in the company, namely involving working with the Climate Northwest Initiative and the EPA National Environmental Performance Track program, as well as its membership of the national Green Power Partnership, helped boost its rating.
Kimberly-Clark made the list for the sixth successive year and improved on its 18th position rating in 2013.
"Through an enterprise-wide approach to its people, planet and products sustainability pillars, Kimberly-Clark has earned a solid reputation as a good corporate citizen," said Lisa Morden, senior director of sustainability for Kimberly-Clark.
"We credit that track record to the thousands of K-C employees around the world who understand that a corporate commitment to stewardship is only as strong as the individual decisions our people make on the job every day."