Today Corporate Responsibility Magazine announced its 100 Best Corporate Citizens for 2009, and we’re thrilled to be included among the prestigious corporations on this list. The report evaluates companies in the Russell 1000 index based on seven key areas: environment, climate change, human rights, philanthropy, employee relations, financial and governance.
We’re proud of the commitment – and progress – we’ve made in operating responsibly. Last week, we announced our campus in Oklahoma City is now powered with 100 percent green power. We also recently announced our inaugural round of Dell YouthConnect grants, supporting non-profit organizations that help prepare youth in emerging economies to compete in the digital world. And we remain committed to building a diverse workforce that reflects our customers worldwide, and to ensuring that the workers throughout our supply chain are treated with the rights and dignity they deserve.
This is great progress, but there’s more to do. We’ll continue working to bring more transparency to our operations and to lead our industry with progressive policies. In a tough economic climate, our commitment to these principles is more important than ever. In the words of CRO’s publisher Jay Whithead:
“In good times, checkbook citizenship can win the day. But in tough times, strong reputations and transparency pack as much punch as a strong balance sheet. In today’s deep recession, human capital and financial capital seek safety—and companies on the 100 Best Corporate Citizens List® are today’s safest harbors.”
The way we operate says a lot about us as a company, and it builds trust among our partners, suppliers and customers. Keep up the great work!