Chicago-based ADM ranked 64th on the annual list, which recognizes outstanding environmental, social and governance (ESG) transparency and performance among the 1,000 largest US public companies.
“Underlying our entire business is the fundamental understanding of the importance of sustainable and responsible practices and our commitment to supporting our planet and its natural resources,” said Juan Luciano, chairman and chief executive officer at ADM. “I’m proud that ADM has once again been recognized by 3BL for our proactive citizenship efforts, but more than that, I’m proud of our team. In a year of tremendous challenge, they never stopped innovating, creating and solving in order to provide access to nutrition worldwide, and make the world a better place.”
Also on the list was General Mills, Inc., based in Minneapolis, which was second in this year’s rankings and the highest-ranked company in the food and beverage category.
The 100 Best Corporate Citizens ranking is based on 146 ESG transparency and performance factors in eight pillars: climate change, employee relations, environment, finance, governance, human rights, stakeholders and society, and ESG performance.
Using a methodology developed by 3BL Media, all Russell 1000 Indexes are researched by ISS ESG, the responsible investment research arm of Institutional Shareholder Services. There is no fee for companies to be included in 100 Best Corporate Citizens.
To compile the ranking, corporate data and information is obtained from publicly available sources only, rather than questionnaires or company submissions. Companies have the option to verify data collected for the ranking at no cost. Data and information used in the 2021 edition of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens ranking is from March 13, 2020, to March 19, 2021.
“Achieving the transformational targets in the Paris Agreement and UN Sustainable Development Goals in this decade requires all companies truly embed ESG issues into the core of their business,” said Dave Armon, chief executive officer of 3BL Media. “The best corporate citizens of 2021 are answering the call by demonstrating the societal and bottom-line value of leadership and transparency around ESG topics. They are setting ambitious goals, outlining robust strategies for achieving them, disclosing data to measure progress, and accounting for all stakeholders in business decisions.”
To see the complete 100 Best Corporate Citizens of 2021 ranking and methodology, visit: 100best.3blmedia.com.