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Microsoft Emerges No 1 in Forbes' List of America’s Best Corporate Citizens

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

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Forbes partnered with Just Capital, a reputed organization founded in 2013 by individuals including hedge fund titan Paul Tudor Jones II, Greek-American author Arianna Huffington and Goldman Sachs veteran Paul Scialla to ask 81,000 Americans about what they expect most from large American companies. 

The most popular response? "Pay workers fairly; treat customers well and protect their privacy; produce quality products; minimize their environmental impact; give back to the communities they operate in; commit to ethical and diverse leadership; and create abundant job opportunities."

Nadella with former Microsoft CEOs Bill Gates (left) and Steve Ballmer (right)

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Forbes went ahead to rank 890 of America's largest public companies to evaluate who are the best corporate actors and unveiled a list dubbed Just 100 with its data which Microsoft emerged number one in. The Redmond based software giant has seen its ratings and business soar high since Satya Nadella's takeover as CEO in 2014 and recently beat Apple to be the world's most valuable company, The last time that happened? 8 years ago.

Microsoft has risen thanks to a change in strategy which has led to less dependence on the Windows OS and growth of cloud services like Azure and Office 365 as well as a booming game business. It has delivered analyst estimates topping quarterly results with $29.08 billion revenue in its most recent quarter. It emerged first on the Just 100 list which includes the companies below:


  1. Microsoft
  2. Intel
  3. Alphabet
  4. Texas Instruments
  5. IBM
  6. Nvidia
  7. VMware
  8. Procter & Gamble
  9. Adobe Systems
  10. Cisco Systems
  11. Humana
  12. Accenture
  13. AT&T
  14. General Motors
  15. General Mills
  16. Apple
  17. Kimberly-Clark
  18. ResMed
  19. Biogen
  20. United Parcel Service (UPS)
  21. Keysight Technologies
  22. S&P Global
  23. Colgate-Palmolive
  24. Prudential-Financial
  25. Clorox
  26. 3M
  27. UnitedHealth Group
  28. Agilent Technologies
  29. Salesforce
  30. Amazon
  31. Exelon
  32. Varian Medical Systems
  33. Merck & Co. 
  34. Cigna
  35. Facebook
  36. Owens Corning
  37. Ford
  38. Intuit 
  39. Nike
  40. Nielsen and several others.


The full list can be viewed here.


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