Intel Corp. took the No. 1 spot in this year's "100 Best Corporate Citizens" as announced by CRO Magazine. The list identifies companies that best combine business objectives with responsible practices across eight categories: environment, climate change, human rights, employee relations, corporate governance, lobbying, philanthropy and financial performance. Rankings are based on research and analysis by IW Financial, and the companies are drawn predominantly from the Russell 1000 Index.
Intel has been in the top 20 on the list since its inception 9 years ago. "At Intel, we define success not only by our business performance, but how we transform the world in which we live and work," said William A. Swope, general manager of Intel's Corporate Affairs Group. "We invest a great deal of effort and resources toward corporate responsibility and have high expectations for ethical conduct in all parts of our business."
Intel's commits $100 million annually to improving education around the world. Additionally the company has a long-term commitment to sustainability in its operations and in its products as demonstrated by this past year's production of 45-nanometer chips that deliver energy-efficient performance. The advanced manufacturing process also incorporates environment-conscious lead- and halogen-free design.
Recently, Intel topped EPA's Green Power Partner List by becoming the largest purchaser of renewable energy credits in the United States.
In 2007, Intel received more than 50 corporate social responsibility recognitions world-wide including the U.S. EPA 2007 Water Efficiency Leader award for reducing, reusing and recycling water; the Most Responsible Multinational Corporation in China from Beijing University; the Supersector Leader for Technology by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and the Corporate Knights/Innovest's list of the "100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World."