Hewlett-Packard moved up from its number five ranking in 2009, to the number one slot, on the 2010 Top 100 Best Corporate Citizens list from Corporate Responsibility Magazine.
With a weighted average score of 17.35, computer giant HP was the clear winner. Rounding out the top five included Intel (21.04), General Mills (36.615), IBM (41.985), and Kimberly-Clark (46.035).
Intel was one of the leaders in this year’s ranking that made gains over the past year, moving up from number 13 to number 2, as did Kimberly-Clark, which climbed from number 9 to number 3.
Other big winners include Coca-Cola (which rose from number 56 in 2009 to number 8), Pepsico (from number 85 to 13), Gap (from number 24 to number 9), Microsoft (from number 47 to number 14), Newmont Mining Corp. (from number 39 to number 16), Colgate-Palmolive (from number 73 to number 18), and EMC (from number 48 to number 19).
However, two of the top five leaders — General Mills and IBM — dropped one position each this year, to numbers 3 and 4, respectively. Bristol Myers-Squibb, which topped the list in 2009, dropped to the number 7 position.
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Jay Whitehead, publisher for Corporate Responsibility Magazine, says there are 36 new companies on the list this year, which indicates that companies are increasing their focus on public reporting and performance particularly in the areas climate change, environment, employee relations, and human rights. In addition to these areas, the ranking also evaluates companies based on philanthropy, financial performance and governance.
This year’s ranking also reveals that the top company’s total score improved by 66 percent and the average score of all 100 companies increased by 19 percent.