Recognizing Corporate ESG Leadership

The 100 Best Corporate Citizens ranking began as a way to assess the largest publicly traded companies in the United States based on fundamental environmental, social and governance (ESG) transparency.

Since its launch in 1999, the ranking has become increasingly competitive as companies strengthen their ESG disclosures and elevate their performance. At the same time, 3BL Media has continuously modernized its ranking methodology to keep pace with stakeholder expectations and the rapidly evolving ESG landscape.

The 100 Best Corporate Citizens ranking serves as a valuable benchmark for companies working to improve their ESG transparency and performance. As the global community embarks on a decisive new decade, our hope is that companies step up efforts to achieve the transformational targets laid out in the Paris Agreement and UN Sustainable Development Goals and address social and racial inequities exposed during the pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement.


3BL Media develops the 100 Best Corporate Citizens ranking in partnership with Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) ESG. Once 3BL Media establishes its methodology, ISS ESG researches relevant data and processes the ranking. All data and information considered for the ranking must be publicly available through corporate websites, financial filings, policies, reports and reputable third-party sources, including CDP, GRI and the U.S. EPA. Companies may verify data and information that was collected by ISS ESG at no cost.

The 2021 methodology considers 146 ESG factors across eight pillars (Climate Change; Employees; Environment; ESG Performance; Financial; Governance; Human Rights; Stakeholders and Society) and addresses key issues exposed during the pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement.

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We welcome feedback on the methodology – please complete the contact form at the bottom of this website.

Photo courtesy of HP
Photo courtesy of HP

2020 Takeaways

Owens Corning topped the ranking for the second consecutive year and is the first company to do so since Microsoft in 2015 and 2016. Read our press release, here.

Companies from 22 industries were in the top 100 (see FAQs for industry details). The Capital Goods and Materials industries had the most companies in the top 100, nine each. The Food & Beverage and Software & Services industries had the second most companies in the top 100, eight each. No companies from the Food & Staples Retailing or Media & Entertainment industries made the top 100.

Sixteen companies were new to the top 100 (compared to 27 companies in 2019): Advanced Micro Devices, Alcoa, Archer Daniels Midland, CMS Energy, Entergy, Estée Lauder, Hershey, Hilton, Linde, Mastercard, Micron Technology, Molson Coors, Republic Services, Stanley Black & Decker, Target and Ventas. 

Six companies returned to the top 100 after dropping off in 2019: DXC Technology, Eversource Energy, JPMorgan Chase, Qualcomm, VF and Wells Fargo.

The top five most improved companies from 2019 to 2020 were: Advanced Micro Devices (ranked 317 in 2019), Eversource Energy (ranked 217 in 2019), Linde (ranked 301 in 2019), Mastercard (ranked 219 in 2019) and Target (ranked 243 in 2019).

Since 2009, only 22 companies have made the ranking each year: 3M, Abbott, Accenture, Baxter, Bristol Myers-Squibb, Cisco, Colgate-Palmolive, Eaton, General Mills, Hess, Hormel, IBM, Johnson Controls, Kimberly-Clark, Intel, Microsoft, Nike, PepsiCo, Texas Instruments, Gap, Weyerhaeuser, Xerox.

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