Center members make the grade

Top 100 lists and ranking systems flourish in today's culture. Open a magazine, turn on the TV or surf the web and you will quickly find where your alma mater's sports team ranks, what the top TV shows were last month, who has the No. 1 song on the pop charts, and how long that great novel has been a best seller. Similarly, companies are given best, worst and everything in between status for all sorts of measures, including corporate citizenship.

Currently there is no clear consensus on "the" Top 100 list or ranking system for corporate citizenship. But there are several lists and awards that represent various areas of leading corporate citizenship practice. Two recently published lists are the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World.

When it comes to corporate citizenship, employees are significant stakeholders. Any company that is at least seven years old with more than 1,000 U.S. employees is eligible for Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For list. To make the list, however, companies must score well on an employee survey issued by the Great Place to Work Institute that measures the level of trust, pride and camaraderie within their workplace. The institute also looks at benefits and perks offered to employees by their company. Notably, benefits related to volunteering were considered a prized perk to employees. Center member Umpqua Bank was recognized for its policy of providing employees with 40 paid hours to volunteer a year. Almost a third of the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For in America are center members. (See the list below.)

Since 2005, Corporate Knights Inc., with Innovest Strategic Value Advisors Inc., has been listing The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World at the World Economic Forum in Davos. According to the Global 100 web site, these companies "have the best-developed abilities, relative to their industry peers, to manage the environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities they face." Slightly more than a quarter of the companies listed on Innovest Strategic Value Advisors' The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations are Center members. (See the list below.)

On Wednesday, March 18, the Boston College Center will present the webinar: "The Power of Lists: Corporate Citizenship Rankings, Awards and Indices." It will explore the merit of corporate citizenship lists and how corporations are responding. Lynette McIntire from UPS, Kevin Thompson from IBM and Frank Mantero from GE will share their companies' perspectives and processes for managing survey requests and award nominations. Click here to register for the webinar.

Congratulations to the following members who appear on the 2009 Fortune list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America:

Adobe Systems
Alcon Laboratories
Booz Allen Hamilton
Bright Horizons
Chesapeake Energy
Cisco Systems
Devon Energy
Erickson Retirement Communities
Ernst & Young
General Mills
JM Family Enterprises
Marriott International
National Instruments
Novo Nordisk
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe
Recreational Equipment (REI)
Texas Instruments
Umpqua Bank

Congratulations to the following members who appear on the 2009 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations:

Advanced Micro Devices
Baxter International Inc.
Coca Cola Company
Dell Inc.
Encana Corp.
FPL Group Inc.
Genzyme Corp.
Glaxosmithkline PLC
Hewlett-Packard Company
Honda Motor Company Limited
Intel Corp.
Novo Nordisk A/S
PG & E Corp.
Pinnacle West Capital Corp.
Prudential PLC
Roche Holdings Limited
Royal Bank Of Canada
State Street Corp.
Telus Corp.
The Walt Disney Company
Toyota Motor Corp.
Transcanada Corp.
Unilever PLC