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Sustainability Research from IW Financial supports CR Magazine's Best Corporate Citizen's list

Corporate Responsibility (CR) Magazine today published its annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens List™. The list ranks Russell 1000™ companies on their performance in seven key areas: environment, climate change, employee relations, human rights, governance, finance, and philanthropy.

The top ten on the 2014 list include (in rank order): Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., Johnson & Johnson, Gap Inc., Microsoft Corporation, Mattel Inc., Weyerhaeuser Co., Ecolab, Inc., Intel Corp., Coca-Cola Co., and Walt Disney Co.

IW Financial worked closely with the CRO Association methodology committee on this year’s list.
"We provide objective ESG research and analytics in support of our clients goals. That often involves working closely with them to identify criteria and develop methodologies for evaluating what they consider important, " said Glen Yelton, who heads up IW Financial’s research group. “CR Magazine’s Best 100 Corporate Citizens list is a great example of this kind of collaboration.

The methodology is based on publicly disclosed information and emphasizes transparency and disclosure. Transparency and disclosure around sustainability issues has grown substantially in recent years, a trend that is expected to continue into the future due to heightened investor interest in sustainability issues as well as the recognition, on the part of companies, that good corporate citizenship pays off.

"Simply put, performance on sustainability issues can have a significant impact on enterprise value," said Sam Pierce, CEO of IW Financial. "It is great to see more and more organizations recognizing this."

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.
 
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