American Water (NYSE: AWK), the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, today announced it has been selected to Corporate Responsibility (CR) Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizen’s List, which ranks public companies based on outstanding corporate responsibility performance in 2013. Additionally, American Water was selected to the NYSE Euronext Vigeo US-50 Index, which is composed of the 50 most advanced U.S. companies with the highest-rank as evaluated by the agency in terms of their performance in corporate responsibility.
“At American Water, we make it a priority to integrate corporate responsibility into our core business operations every day; so we are extremely proud to be recognized for our efforts,” said Susan Story, president and CEO of American Water. “American Water's mission is to provide safe, clean, affordable and reliable water and water services to highly satisfied customers. And it’s also about running our company responsibly to ensure our employees have a rewarding, safe and inclusive work environment. Fulfilling these roles in a responsible way is critical to the success of our employees, the economic vitality of our communities, the health and wellness of our customers and the sustainability of the environment.”
American Water ranked #80 on the 100 Best Corporate Citizen’s List in its first appearance. This is the 15th year for the list, which documents nearly 300 data points of disclosure and performance measures - harvested from publicly available information in seven categories: environment, climate change, employee relations, human rights, governance, finance, and philanthropy. The list ranks companies on the Russell 1000 Index and is governed by a Ratings and Rankings Committee of the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association.
The Euronext Vigeo US-50 index was launched in July 2013 by NYSE Euronext and Vigeo to promote and support responsible investment. The index distinguishes companies achieving the most advanced Environmental, Social and Governance performance. Companies contained in these indices have achieved the highest score, as determined by a review of nearly 330 indicators. Ratings are based on 38 criteria.