Another argument for transparency

Here's one list companies will not be clamoring to be on.

Here's one list companies will not be clamoring to be on. For the first time, Corporate Responsibility Magazine will publish a list of the companies it considers to be the least transparent, The New York Times reports.

The magazine defines transparency as making information about such things as employee benefits, climate-change policies, or philanthropic efforts publicly available. The list, published in the April-May issue, includes such well-known companies as Abercrombie & Fitch, Scripps Networks Interactive, and Weight Watchers.

Dirk Olin, editor-in-chief of the magazine, spoke to the Times about the plans:

We decided to ask ourselves what the bottom of that list would look like, never dreaming for a minute that we would uncover a full 30 corporations where no relevant data at all could be turned up," he said.  Mr. Olin said the magazine had tried to contact all the worst companies for comment, but got no response, which left him "somewhere between stupefied and flabbergasted."

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