Microsoft has taken the top spot on the annual “Just 100” list of the most responsible U.S. companies
The list is compiled by Forbes and the nonprofit Just Capital, which ranked the companies based on values that citizens want to see in corporate America.
The Redmond, Wash.-based software giant scored highly in a range of categories, notably:
- Minimizing environmental impact (#1)
- Paying workers fairly (#2)
- Treating customers well (#5)
- Committing to ethical and diverse leadership (#5)
Microsoft unseated last year’s No. 1 pick, Intel, which landed in second place for 2018. Google’s parent company Alphabet took third. Other Seattle-area companies to make the list were Amazon (#30), Zillow (#69) and Boeing (#72).
Forbes and Just Capital looked at 890 publicly traded U.S. companies for the ranking. You might see the full list here
Social responsibility appeared to help, not hurt, the financial performance of most firms. Those that made the list reported 5 percent higher return-on-equity than the average of Russell 1000 companies.