Some corporations go out of their way to practice what they preach.This year, 145 global companies from 36 industries took their mission beyond profit-making and exceeded legal compliance minimums, according to the Ethisphere Institute, a New York-based think-tank that promotes corporate responsibility.
Companies, which can nominate themselves or be nominated by others, were ranked based on reputation, ethical track record, corporate governance, industry leadership and social responsibility.
We included retailers listed under food stores, general, and specialty categories.
Kesko operates more than 1,000 K-food stores visited by 900,000 customers everyday.
In February, Kesko was awarded 'the Best Corporate Governance in Finland' by World Finance Magazine. The company was also included on the 2012 list of the 100 most sustainable corporations in the world for the eighth consecutive year.
The Co-operative Group is UK's fifth largest food retailer with more than 3,000 food stores and supermarkets around the country.
The company is run and owned by its own members, not by shareholders, which helps promote ethical business behaviour.
Whole Foods is the ninth largest food and drug store in the United States with more than 300 stores across 38 states.
The natural and organic supermarket chain ranked third on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's most recent list of Top 25 Green Power Partners.
British retailer Marks and Spencer specialises in clothing and luxury food products.
In 2007, the retailing giant rolled out a 100-point five-year plan which made commitments to become 'a carbon neutral, zero-waste-to-landfill, ethical-trading, sustainable-sourcing, health-promoting business.'
OfficeMax operates more than 1,000 stores in the United States and Mexico. Since 2007, the office supply distributor has been involved with Adopt-A-Classroom, a program that surprises more than 1,000 teachers with over $1,000 in school supplies in a one-day event each year.
The San-Diego-based pet supply store has more than 1,000 locations across the United States. In 2004, PETCO launched the 'Think Adoption First' program, which has helped more than three million pets find homes. The chain also offers a line of natural- and sustainable-based pet products made from reclaimed or recycled materials.
10 Thousand Villages is a non-profit fair trade craft supplier. The company helps skilled artisans in developing countries earn income by bringing their handcrafted products to market. Artisans' wages help pay for basic needs such as food, shelter, education and healthcare.
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