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Appliance maker ranks as a top 'Corporate Citizen'

May 15, 2015
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Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool makes appliances across all major categories, including fabric care, cooking, refrigeration, dishwashers, countertop appliances, garage organization and water filtration. Courtesy Whirlpool

An appliance maker is considered one of the “100 Best Corporate Citizens” in the country.

Whirlpool in Benton Harbor said last month that it has earned a spot on CR magazine’s annual ranking for the 13th-consecutive year.

Whirlpool is the lone Michigan-based company on the ranking of public American companies.

The company ranks No. 79, with the highest scores received in the categories of human rights, employee relations, corporate governance and philanthropy.

The ranking

CR magazine’s inaugural “100 Best Corporate Citizens” ranking came out in 2000.

The ranking evaluates companies based on seven categories: environment, climate change, human rights, employee relations, corporate governance, philanthropy and financial performance.

Community-level commitments

Whirlpool chairman and CEO Jeff Fettig said the company is “proud to receive the distinction.”

"This recognition affirms that doing the right thing and leading by example can pave the path for success,” he said.

Whirlpool has a strong commitment to local communities across the country.

Whirlpool says on its website that it strives to “work with other organizations to create a better community, creating a collective impact.”

The company focuses first on “the social safety net to support the health and wellness needs of area residents, then helping to provide safe and affordable housing to best support youth and education development.”

Whirlpool has partnerships with United Way, Habitat for Humanity, Cook for the Cure, Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the Instituto Consulado da Mulher (Women’s Consulate Institute). 

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