IW Financial provides sustainability research and helps fine tune methodology
PORTLAND, Maine (March 23, 2011) — Corporate Responsibility (CR) Magazine today published its 11th annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens List™. The list ranks Russell 1000™ companies on their performance in seven key areas: Environment, Climate Change, Human Rights, Philanthropy, Employee Relations, Financial and Corporate Governance. This is the fourth year that IW Financial has provided the sustainability research and helped CR fine tune the criteria and methodology to develop the list.
"IW Financial's research and expertise in developing methodologies has been integral to CR Magazine's 100 Best Corporate Citizens List™ since 2008," said Richard Crespin, President of SharedXpertise, publishers of CR Magazine, managers of the CRO Association, and organizers of the Commit!Forum. "We keep improving the process and this years methodology, data, and overall outcomes set a new standard for evaluating corporate responsibility."
IW Financial worked closely with the CRO Association methodology committee on this year?s list. The methodology emphasizes transparency and disclosure.
"We provide objective research and analytics in support of our clients goals. For clients like CR Magazine that involves assisting them in identifying appropriate criteria and methodologies for evaluating what they think is important, " said Mark Bateman, Director of Research at IW Financial. "The CR 100 Best Corporate Citizens™ list methodology places significant importance on disclosure and transparency. Perhaps not surprisingly, we?ve seen an increase in corporate disclosure each of the four years IW Financial has done the research for the list."
The 12th Annual CR 100 Best Corporate Citizens™ list comes at a time when both companies and investors are acknowledging the benefits of good corporate citizenship.
"Investors are beginning to recognize that sustainability issues impact enterprise value," said Sam Pierce, CEO of IW Financial. "We're pleased to help our clients understand and assess that relationship."
About IW Financial
IW Financial is a leading provider of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) research, consulting and portfolio management solutions for asset management firms, managed accounts sponsors, institutional investors, plan sponsors, and investment advisors.
With its unique combination of investment industry expertise, unbiased research, and technology solutions, IW Financial helps industry professionals capitalize on growing investor demand by incorporating ESG factors into investment platforms, products, and portfolios, adding value to the money management process while strengthening client relationships.
For more information on IW Financial visit www.iwfinancial.com.
About SharedXpertise Media
SharedXpertise Media is the leading provider of communities, content, and conferences encouraging responsible globalization focusing on human resources and corporate responsibility. SharedXpertise manages the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association and the HROA, publishes CR Magazine and HRO Today Magazine, and organizes the Commit!Forum and the HRO Today Forums. For more information on SharedXpertise please visit www.sharedxpertise.com