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Johnson Controls Named a Top U.S. Corporate Citizen

Submitted by: Johnson Controls, Inc.

Categories: Corporate Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility

Posted: Mar 09, 2009 – 09:57 AM EST


Ranked 22nd among 100 Best Corporate Citizens by CRO magazine

Mar. 09 /CSRwire/ - MILWAUKEE (March 9, 2009) - Johnson Controls, Inc. is ranked 22nd among the 100 Best Corporate Citizens in the U.S. by Corporate Responsibility Officer (CRO) magazine, based on the company’s performance in seven key areas - environment, climate change, human rights, philanthropy, employee relations, financial and governance.

The annual corporate responsibility ranking is the most recognized ranking of Russell 1000 companies, CRO said. It was first published in 2000. In the 2008 rankings, which were aggregated by sector, Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial leader in energy efficiency and sustainability, was among the 10 Best in the Automotive sector.

"This is a powerful validation of our commitment to outstanding performance as measured by the triple bottom line indicators - economic prosperity, social responsibility and environmental stewardship," said Charles H. Harvey, vice president of Diversity and Public Affairs at Johnson Controls. "It confirms our top-tier results in the critical corporate citizenship and sustainability areas important to the company and our stakeholders."

In the four key areas weighted most heavily by CRO - climate change, human rights, the environment and employee relations -- Johnson Controls was ranked first, first, second and 27th, respectively, among the 100 companies.

CRO notes that in the nine years the list has been produced, the 100 Best Corporate Citizens have outpaced the remainder of Russell 1000 companies by an average 26 percent in three-year total financial return.

"In tough times, strong reputations and transparency pack as much punch as a strong balance sheet," CRO publisher Jay Whitehead said. "In today's deep recession, human capital and financial capital seek safety, and companies on the 100 Best list are today’'s safest harbors."

The list's methodology is based solely on publicly available data, "putting a premium on companies with high levels of public disclosure and transparency," CRO said.

About Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls is the global leader that brings ingenuity to the places where people live, work and travel. By integrating technologies, products and services, we create smart environments that redefine the relationships between people and their surroundings. Our team of 140,000 employees creates a more comfortable, safe and sustainable world through our products and services for more than 200 million vehicles, 12 million homes and one million commercial buildings. Our commitment to sustainability drives our environmental stewardship, good corporate citizenship in our workplaces and communities, and the products and services we provide to customers. For additional information, please visit

About CRO

CRO Magazine is a leading voice of the Corporate Responsibility professions, following the 2006 acquisition of Business Ethics magazine, which originated the 100 Best Corporate Citizens List. CRO's mission is to enhance the standing and practice levels of the Corporate Responsibility Professions - including governance, risk, compliance, sustainability, EH&S, CSR, philanthropy and HR. More information on the list, CRO and the CRO Association can be found at

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