What Makes a Corporation Socially Responsible?

Jantzi-Sustainalytics, a Canadian-based company that rates companies on social responsibility recently identified Canada’s top 50 socially responsible corporations.

Winners were selected on the basis of their performance across a range of environmental, social, and governance areas on such outcomes as environmental initiatives, impact on local communities, treatment of employees, sustainability and supply-chain management. Notably absent, however, was any assessment of companies contribution to the rise of non-communicable diseases. (See this week’s Commentary on NCDs). Among the winners were McDonalds, Campbell’s Soup, Ford Motor Company, HJ Heinz, Kellogg’s, PepsiCo, and Starbucks, companies whose practices and products are leading contributors to diabetes, cancer, heart disease, hypertension and stroke.