IBM and Hewlett Packard top Business Ethics Magazine’s list of “100 Best Corporate Citizens,” which ranks public companies according to their treatment of employees, customers, communities and stockholders.
IBM – which gives cash rewards to employees for innovative environmental ideas – ranked number one on the magazine’s list of socially responsible corporations.
For its focused educational support of four minority communities to boost math and science skills, Hewlett Packard ranked second on the list.
Intel – which offers its employees eight weeks of sabbatical for every seven years of employment – ranks third among the most socially responsible corporations on the list.
Proctor & Gamble made the list for easing employees into retirement with reduced time schedules, while Herman Miller was recognized for paying social workers to visit the elderly relatives of employees.
Polaroid was honored for its policy of allowing employees themselves determine corporate charitable priorities.
Business Ethics, whose mission is to bring greater social responsibility into business, will publish the list in its March/April edition.