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29 Trillium Stock Picks Make the "100 Best Corporate Citizens List" of Business Ethics Magazine(A)

This spring, a nice chunk of what we at Trillium refer to as our “buy list” made the annual Business Ethics Magazine’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens 2006” list. A joint project with KLD Research & Analytics, an independent research firm serving investment professionals, the list seeks to identify companies with the most distinguished record of “not only creating healthy returns for shareholders but emphasizing good jobs for employees, a clean environment, responsible relations with the community, and reliable products for consumers.” (Our “buy list” consists of companies we favor for purchase at a given point in time because they are financially, socially and environmentally attractive.)

Ranking overall “corporate citizenship” is as much a qualitative as quantitative undertaking. (For more information on how the list was compiled, click here.) Our staff could debate the rankings and we bet you could as well. Still, it’s a not-too-guilty pleasure to see our good taste confirmed by outside sources, and we do know that each year companies strive hard to make the list or improve their ranking, spurring improvements in performance, policies and transparency. We’ll take that over Mr. Blackwell’s Worst Dressed Celebrities any day.

Trillium “Buy List” Stocks on the 2006 “100 Best Corporate Citizens”

Company Ranking
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters 1

Hewlett Packard 2

Timberland Company 6

Cisco Systems 8

Texas Instruments 10

Intel 11

Johnson & Johnson 12

Starbucks 17

Ecolab 20

Interface 24

Apple Computer 25

American Express 29

International Business Machines 41

Adobe Systems 42
3M 43

SLM Corp. 46

Whole Foods Market 47

United Parcel Service 48

United Natural Foods 50

McGraw-Hill 57

Citigroup 62
Ambac Financial Group 72
Johnson Controls 73
Bright Horizons Family Solutions 74

East West Bancorp 83

PepsiCo 84
Procter & Gamble 90

Air Products & Chemicals 92
W.W. Grainger 93

Some of the companies are repeat offenders — Cisco, Ecolab, Hewlett Packard, Intel, Procter & Gamble, Starbucks and Timberland.