Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Winner Take All

Last weekend, stars took center stage at the Oscars, but award season has only just begun! Recently, several media outlets announced honors for a number of retail companies and food and beverage consumer packaged goods manufacturers in a variety of prestigious categories.

Last week, Working Mother Magazine unveiled its first-ever list of Best Companies for Women's Advancement. According to the publication, the companies named "are dedicated to helping women secure the mentoring, networking, and training they need to make it to the highest levels." General Mills topped the list for its commitment to women, with more than 12 mentoring groups and women's networks from which employees can choose. Women also lead 71 percent of the company's major retail divisions.

Corporate Responsibility Magazine also revealed its 12th annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens List, acknowledging the world's top corporate responsibility programs. The list, based on publicly-available information and recognized by PR Week as one of America's top three most-important business rankings, incorporates a wide variety of inputs and viewpoints to compile its rankings.

Among food and beverage CPG companies, Campbell Soup leads the pack this year, coming in at number two. Landing at number 12, General Mills made CRM's list as well. Coca-Cola entered the standings at number 14, while snack maker PepsiCo came in at number 25. Sara Lee, the company behind such brands as Ball Park and Jimmy Dean secured the number 27 spot on the list.

Also making the top 100: Hormel Foods – #30; Heinz – #31; Coca-Cola Enterprises – #49; and ConAgra Foods, makers of Healthy Choice, Reddi-wip, and Orville Redenbacher's Popcorn – #70.

Among retailers on the list, Target entered the list at number 42, while Wal-Mart and The TJX Companies, Inc. earned spot numbers 95 and 96, respectively. Food services companies were also recognized for their corporate social responsibility efforts. Starbucks landed at number 39 on the list, and Red Lobster/Olive Garden operator Darden Restaurants came in at number 75.

Finally, Fortune Magazine published its list of the World's Most Admired Companies, with many familiar names gracing the register. To create the standings, Fortune administered a survey to businesspeople, asking them to vote for the companies they admired most from any industry. The top 50 have been identified, and include CPG, retail, and food service companies, including:
Congratulations to all the recognized companies, and be sure to check back in the coming months for additional award winners!

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