Whirlpool Corporation Ranked a Top Corporate Citizen by CR Magazine

Whirlpool Corporation has returned to the list of the Top 100 Best Corporate Citizens for the first time since 2016, logging in at #96 this time.

The Benton Harbor-based appliance giant has been named one of the Top 100 Best Corporate Citizens in 2019 by Corporate Responsibility Magazine (CR Magazine). The publication’s list honors the top 100 U.S. public companies in the Russell 1000 Index for outstanding environmental, social and governance (ESG) transparency and performance.

This year, Whirlpool Corporation ranked No. 96 on the list, with its highest scores in the categories of Governance, Financial and Environment. The company was last ranked in the Top 100 in 2016 when it was rated at #62. They were also on the list in 2014 at #78, in 2013 at #42, and in 2012 at #69.

Jeff Noel, Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs for Whirlpool, says, “We’re honored to be recognized as a Top 100 Best Corporate Citizen. As a company, we have long believed that sound corporate, social and environmental stewardship aren’t merely responsibilities; they’re also good business.” Noel adds, “We continuously strive for improvement and transparency in areas that really matter, such as sustainability and diversity with inclusion. We are proud of what we have achieved, and remain dedicated to continuing our progress in these important aspects of corporate culture.”

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They’re in good company with Apple just ahead of them at #95 and Nike on the other side of them at #97 this year. Elsewhere in Michigan, Ford is rated at #11…General Motors checks in at #24…Kellogg is rated at #43…and DowDupont caps the top 50 at #50.

Whirlpool Corporation is regularly recognized for its commitment to being an employer of choice. So far in 2019, the company has received the following awards and recognitions:

  • One of the World’s Most Admired Companies for ninth consecutive year
  • Ranked No. 3 in the Reputation Institute’s U.S. RepTrak 100 list
  • Perfect 100 score on the Corporate Equality Index for 16th consecutive year
  • 2019 Best Employer for Diversity
  • 2019 Top Employer Europe, for the second year

The 100 Best Corporate Citizens ranking is based on 134 total corporate disclosure and performance factors in seven categories including:

  • Climate change
  • Employee relations
  • Environment
  • Finance
  • Governance
  • Human rights
  • Stakeholders and society

All information used to determine the annual ranking is publicly available, and research is conducted by ISS-ESG, the responsible investment arm of Institutional Shareholder Services.

Click the link below to view the complete 100 Best Corporate Citizens of 2019 ranking:


Whirlpool Corporation is the world’s leading major home appliance company, with approximately $21 billion in annual sales, 92,000 employees and 65 manufacturing and technology research centers in 2018. The company markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, JennAir, Indesit and other major brand names in nearly every country throughout the world.