Good Corporate Citizenship

Some of you may find this list interesting, from the Business Ethics website. It is a list of the 100 best corporate citizens. A short write up of each company can be found here. Note that many companies on the list are financially successful and have provided shareholders with good returns. While profit should always be the number one goal of any company, reports like this show that profit and corporate responsibility are not mutually exclusive. As Americans become wealthier, we have the time, energy, and resources to worry more about these issues (as opposed to worrying about where our next meal will come from), and as a result socially responsible corporate policies can actually be a source of competitive advantage. Many consumers look for socially responsible businesses to patronize or invest in, and many high quality employees want to work for a place with good social policies.