Corporate Responsibility magazine recently named Medtronic, that little medical device firm from Fridley, as one of the nation’s Top 50 corporate citizens.
According to Medtronic, the Minnesota-based firm moved up 16 spots from 2011, when it was ranked 66th.
"Being a good corporate citizen is an important part of our mission," said Omar Ishrak, Medtronic chairman and chief executive officer. "We are proud of our accomplishments in corporate citizenship, in particular the significant steps we've taken in transparency and citizenship performance related to philanthropy, environmental stewardship, inclusion and good corporate governance. We are pleased to see our progress recognized on the list of the top 100 Best Corporate Citizens."
The magazine ranks companies on policies and activities connected to the environment, climate change, human rights, employee relations, philanthropy and financial and corporate governance. In all, it considers 318 elements considered within those seven categories.
Medtronic points out that it is also highly rated in several other corporate citizenship ratings, including the 2011 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and FTSE4Good Index; 2011 Newsweek Green Rankings (ranked 55th), and 2012 Forbes America's Most Reputable Companies (ranked 28th).
To see the complete 100 Best Corporate Citizens List, go to www.thecro.com. To learn more about Medtronic's corporate citizenship programs, visit www.medtronic.com/about-medtronic/corporate-citizenship/index.htm