Utility and retail top BiTC league

Utility firms and retailers continue to dominate Business in the Community’s CSR league table.

The body’s Corporate Responsibility Index, which is now in its second year, puts National Grid Transco in top place, followed by BP, Unilever, Veolia Water UK and Aviva. Others in the top ten include retailers Co-operative Bank, J Sainsbury and Barclays.

National Grid was praised for its work in avoiding environmental accidents and among retailers, Sainsbury’s was singled out for its work on diversity in the workplace.

BiTC director of comms Gail Greengross said this year’s results have been promoted differently to avoid negative publicity for poorer performers.

Last year all firms that took part in the index were ranked in five groups. However, this year just the top 100 are ranked, with the 39 other firms that took part not disclosed.

This year’s index showed that four out of five of all companies that entered now have a board director in place with explicit responsibility for human rights.

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