Nike, Intel among the 'Best Corporate Citizens'

Both Intel and Nike made the list of the top 10 best corporate citizens released this week.

Both Intel and Nike made the list of the top 10 best corporate citizens released this week.

"Corporate Responsibility Magazine" unveiled its 13th annual list of the 100 best corporate citizens this week, ranking both Intel Corp. and Nike Inc. in the top 10.

Intel was ranked No. 4 and Nike was ranked No. 9. The list is restricted to publicly traded companies.

The magazine scores companies based on their environmental, climate change, human rights, employee relations, corporate governance, philanthropy and financial records. Intel and Nike were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 respectively for their employee relations records. Intel also scored high for its care of the environment.

Officials behind the report say there's a growing trend toward transparency among public companies, which are more likely to be disclosing their practices among the factors — made up of more than 320 data points — that the magazine tracks in their ranking. In addition, all companies on the list appear to upping their game.

“The shrinking differential between number one and number 100 is exciting,” said Dirk Olin, Editor-in-Chief of CR Magazine. "What’s doubly exciting is that this new standard of disclosure has achieved acceptance not because some regulator imposed it but because the business case for it has become manifest."

Other Northwest-linked companies on the list include IBM Corp, which employs more than 1,000 people in Oregon and ranked No. 2 on the list. Seattle-based companies Microsoft Corp. came in at No. 3 and Starbucks Corp. at No. 24. Xerox Corp., which has 2,200 employees in Oregon, ranked No. 32. Boeing Corp., which operates a Gresham plant with about 1,600 employees, ranked No. 6.

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