CR Magazine’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list evaluates the companies in the Russell 1000 index based on publicly available information in seven categories: environment, climate change, employee relations, human rights, governance, finance, and philanthropy. Today, their 16th year list was revealed and Microsoft was ranked No.1 in it.
Why Microsoft was ranked No.1 among hundreds of corporations? It is a combination so many things. Read about it below.
Microsoft makes the top of the list because it’s quite transparent and accountable as far as corporate policies go, says Clark. Especially in the realm of employee relations, the company is ahead of its peers, he says. Microsoft was one of the first to offer flextime and job sharing, family benefits, and bereavement leave. “This is a company that invests in their employee relations very heavily,” says Clark. Just last month Microsoft announced it would require many of its 2,000 vendors to give 15 days a year of paid days off for sick leave and vacation time. Clark adds that the company has a strong record on human rights and on the environment, making sure its server rooms are as energy efficient as possible. Telecommuting reduces the company’s carbon footprint. On the philanthropic front, it’s a big supporter of STEM education through programs like YouthSpark, which runs code camps and tech competitions for elementary through high schoolers. It also has a huge corporate giving program, matching employee gifts of up to $15,000, and when employees volunteer at a nonprofit, it gives $25 an hour to that organization.