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PRESS RELEASE: Corporate Responsibility Magazine Releases 11th Annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens List

March 2, 2010

(New York, March 2, 2010)  At 9:30am EST today, Corporate Responsibility Magazine (the new name of CRO Magazine) announced its 11th annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens List, based on publicly-available information and recognized by PR Week as one of America’s top three most-important  business rankings.

The list includes a number of companies whose rankings rose significantly from last year.

“Thirty-six of the Top 100 were not on last year’s list, evidence that companies are increasing their focus on public reporting and performance, particularly in the areas of climate change, environment, employee relations, and human rights,” said Corporate Responsibility Magazine publisher Jay Whitehead.  “Between 2009 and 2010, for instance, the top company’s total score improved by 66 percent, and the average score of all 100 companies climbed by 19 percent.”

The following is the 100 Best Corporate Citizens List for 2010, with the companies’ 2009 rank:

2010 Rank            Company             2009 Rank
1              Hewlett-Packard Co.      5
2              Intel Corp.           13
3              General Mills, Inc.            2
4              International Business Machines Corp.  3
5              Kimberly-Clark Corp.      9
6              Abbott Laboratories       8
7              Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.              1
8              Coca-Cola Co      56
9              Gap, Inc.              24
10           Hess Corporation             15
11           Cummins Inc.     N/A
12           Campbell Soup Co.          N/A
13           Pepsico Inc.        85
14           Microsoft Corporation   47
15           Procter & Gamble Co.    14
16           Newmont Mining Corp.                39
17           Merck & Co., Inc               4
18           Colgate-Palmolive Co.    73
19           EMC Corp.           48
20           Baxter International Inc.               19
21           Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.     N/A
22           Johnson Controls Inc      22
23           Nike, Inc.             26
24           Cisco Systems, Inc.          6
25           PG&E Corp.        28
26           Occidental Petroleum Corp.        75
27           Verizon Communications             32
28           H.J. Heinz Co.     30
29           Mattel, Inc.         7
30           Xcel Energy, Inc.               72
31           Monsanto Co.   20
32           3M Co.  17
33           Texas Instruments Inc.  59
34           Johnson & Johnson         N/A
35           Avon Products, Inc.         18
36           Dominion Resources Inc               N/A
37           Xerox Corp         16
38           Dell Inc.                34
39           Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.   N/A
40           Hormel Foods Corp.        40
41           Eaton Corp.        31
42           Brown-Forman Corp.     N/A
43           Duke Energy Corp.          25
44           Mckesson Corporation  N/A
45           Mosaic Company             N/A
46           United Parcel Service, Inc.           N/A
47           Wisconsin Energy Corp. 12
48           Oracle Corp.       43
49           McDonald`s Corp             87
50           J.C. Penney Inc (Holding Co.)      N/A
51           Exxon Mobil Corp.           11
52           Starbucks Corp.                65
53           Applied Materials Inc.    69
54           ITT Corporation 54
55           Consolidated Edison, Inc.             N/A
56           Chevron Corp.   29
57           Citigroup Inc       35
58           Kellogg Co           N/A
59           Air Products & Chemicals Inc.     N/A
60           Staples, Inc.        79
61           Sempra Energy N/A
62           Yum! Brands Inc.              33
63           McGraw-Hill Cos., Inc.    N/A
64           Albemarle Corp.               N/A
65           Raytheon Co.     N/A
66           Symantec Corp.                23
67           Weyerhaeuser Co.          37
68           Sherwin-Williams Co.     N/A
69           Union Pacific Corp.          N/A
70           Advanced Micro Devices Inc.      46
71           Southern Company         N/A
72           JPMorgan Chase & Co.  93
73           FPL Group, Inc. N/A
74           Pepsi Bottling Group Inc.              N/A
75           Accenture Ltd    80
76           Deere & Co.       N/A
77           Medtronic, Inc. N/A
78           Life Technologies Corp  N/A
79           Quest Diagnostics, Inc.  N/A
80           Allergan Inc.       N/A
81           Walt Disney Co.                N/A
82           Alcoa Inc.             55
83           Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc. 66
84           Sara Lee Corp.   38
85           International Paper Co. N/A
86           Lubrizol Corp.    N/A
87           Exelon Corp.      N/A
88           Ford Motor Co. N/A
89           CVS Caremark Corp.       N/A
90           Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc.            N/A
91           State Street Corp.            21
92           E.I. DuPont De Nemours & Co    N/A
93           Conagra Foods, Inc.        N/A
94           Owens Corning N/A
95           Northeast Utilities           N/A
96           Ball Corp.             67
97           TJX Companies, Inc.        N/A
98           Boeing Co.          63
99           Sigma-Aldrich Corp.        N/A
100         Phillips-Van Heusen Corp.            N/A

The 100 Best Corporate Citizens List is based on over 360 data points of publicly-available information in seven categories.  The seven categories include:  Environment, Climate Change, Human Rights, Philanthropy, Employee Relations, Financial Performance, and Governance.  The 100 Best Corporate Citizens are selected from among the large-cap Russell 1000 companies, based on data provided by leading ESG investor data firm IW Financial.  The 100 Best Corporate Citizens List methodology is open and transparent, governed by a Methodology Committee of the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association (CROA).  The List methodology is published in the 100 Best Corporate Citizens List issue of Corporate Responsibility Magazine, mailed to 20,000 subscribers March 9 and at www.thecro.com.

In 2010 the 100 Best Corporate Citizens List, which features large-cap Russell 1000 companies includes 88 companies listed on the NYSE Euronext exchange.

“The strong representation of companies listed on NYSE Euronext markets on the 100 Best Corporate Citizens List underscores the commitment to corporate responsibility, ethics and integrity among the world’s leading corporations,” said Duncan L. Niederauer, Chief Executive Officer, NYSE Euronext.  “This also speaks to the inherent quality of our global marketplace as well as the high standards and best practices that NYSE Euronext and our listed companies observe and advocate.   On behalf of my colleagues at NYSE Euronext, I extend my congratulations to the 2010 Best Corporate Citizens and thank Corporate Responsibility Magazine for undertaking this important initiative.”

About Corporate Responsibility Magazine, CRO Association and CRO Summits
20,000-subscriber Corporate Responsibility Magazine (www.thecro.com) is publisher of the 11thannual 100 Best Corporate Citizens List, among America’s three most-important business rankings according to PR Week.  Over 200 large capitalization corporations and institutions are members of the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association (www.CROAssociation.org), representing 1,200+ individuals dedicated to increasing professionalization of corporate responsibility standards and practices.  CROA has a formal Corporate Responsibility partnership with NYSE Euronext.  Corporate Responsibility Officer Summits (www.crosummit.com) are recognized worldwide as the leading events for corporate responsibility practitioners.  CR Magazine, thecro.com, CROA and CRO Summits are managed by SharedXpertise Media LLC, with offices in Edison NJ, Cambridge UK, Brussels BE, and Singapore.

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