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Appliance maker ranks among '100 Best Corporate Citizens' in US

April 25, 2016
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An appliance maker in the region has been recognized as one of the top corporate citizens the country.

Whirlpool Corporation of Benton Harbor said last week that it earned the 62nd spot on CR magazine’s ranking of the “100 Best Corporate Citizens” of 2016.

CR ranks public companies based on their scores in the categories of environment, climate change, human rights, employee relations, corporate governance, philanthropy and financial performance.

CR's ranking is based on publicly available data and utilizes a methodology governed by the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association Ratings and Rankings Committee.

This is Whirlpool's 14th consecutive appearance on the ranking.

The company said it achieved its highest scores this year in the areas of corporate governance, financial performance, philanthropy and employee relations.

The company noted that it has earned 12 consecutive perfect scores on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index and its philanthropic commitments include Whirlpool Sons & Daughters Scholarship Awards and partnerships with Habitat for Humanity and the Boys & Girls Club.

Whirlpool also said it impacts more than 300 nonprofits through volunteerism and donations.

Jeff Fettig, Whirlpool chairman and CEO, said the company is “honored” by the distinction.

“This kind of recognition is meaningful to us and reinforces our belief in doing business with character and integrity,” Fettig said.

CR magazine said the goal of the ranking is to “advance corporate accountability and responsibility.”

This is the 17th year CR has compiled a ranking of the “100 Best Corporate Citizens.” 

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