Corporate Responsibility, Citizenship, & Green Business Resources, a great source for this topic

This article contains resources that with information about corporate responsibility and citizenship, as well as resources about green business and climate awareness. Another phrase used to describe this concept is “social responsibility of business.”  While not a comprehensive list, it does contain several databases, websites, and search suggestions that should get researchers well on their way.

Web Sites

100 Best Corporate Citizens

This list, created by Corporate Responsibility Magazine, ranks the 100 most socially responsible companies. The list measures company with the criteria such as diversity, environment, governance, community, human rights, and employee relations.

Annual RQ

“The Annual RQ is an assessment tool that captures perceptions of corporate reputations across industries, among multiple audiences, and is adaptable to countries outside the United States. The RQ provides information critical to the strategic decisions that companies make every day. ” The website provides information for the 60 most-visible U.S. companies.


The CorporateRegister is a continually updated directory of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)/Sustainability and related reports from around the world. Allows searching by company for corporate responsibility reports, but this requires a free registration process.


“The Business Resource for Climate Management is a free, Web-based resource to help companies of all sizes and sectors understand and address climate change in a way that aligns environmental responsibility with business success.” Climate Biz also recently published a report called the State of Green Business.

Forbe’s 2008 Corporate Social Responsibility Special Report

Offers a variety of articles on the topic, including lists of the most generous companies.

Forest Footprint Disclosure

“The Forest Footprint Disclosure Project (FFD Project) is a new UK government-supported initiative, created to help investors identify how an organisation’s activities and supply chains contribute to deforestation, and link this ‘forest footprint’ to their value.Modelled on the successful Carbon Disclosure Project, it aims to create transparency and shed light on a key challenge within investor portfolios, where currently there is little quality information.”

Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World

With data going back to 2005, the purpose of the “Global 100 is to raise questions about the role of the corporation in society, to add momentum to sincere corporate sustainability initiatives, and to help the public see corporations in a broader sense.”

Global Reporting Initiative

“The GRI’s vision is that reporting on economic, environmental, and social performance by all organizations is as routine and comparable as financial reporting.”


“GreenBiz is the leading information resource on how to align environmental responsibility with business success. We provide valuable news and resources to large and small businesses through a combination of Web sites, workshops, daily news feeds, electronic newsletters, and briefing papers. Our resources are free to all users.”

Green Rankings for U.S. Companies –

For more than a year, the magazine worked with leading environmental researchers KLD Research & Analytics, Trucost, and to rank the 500 largest U.S. companies based on their actual environmental performance, policies, and reputation.  The list can be filtered for companies in a specific industry sector.

Pew Center on Global Climate Change

Offers lot of information and statistics on the issue of climate change. Of particular interest is the report “Adapting to Climate Change: A Business Approach.”

Responsible Shopper

“Responsible Shopper alerts the public about the social and environmental impact of major corporations, and provides opportunities for consumers and investors to vote with their dollars for change. We focus our research on companies that are subjects of consumer and shareholder action campaigns, and that have significant influence in their industry. Changing these companies could lead to significant industry-wide reform.” Profiles of the companies may include corporate governance, employee relations, human rights, and more.

World’s Most Ethical Companies by EthisSphere

From “The World’s Most Recognized Name in Business Ethics and Anti-Corruption,” this list ranks ethical companies in a number of different industries.

Company Websites

Many companies will have information on their websites. Lowe’s Home Corporate Citizenship Page is a good example of this. Also, take a look at this example from the Lowe’s Social Responsibility page.


Please note that the databases below are license only for Ohio University faculty, staff, and students. If you are not affiliated with Ohio University, please check the availability of these resources at your local library.

Mintel Oxygen

Mintel Oxygen has a report called “Green Living – US – February 2008″ that could be used to measure consumer reactions to green products.

Environment Complete

Article database that covers applicable areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, and more.


While IBISWorld does not contain actual reports for “green business,” you will find reports such as “Hydroelectric & Renewable Power Generation in the US.”.

World Advertising Research Center

WARC has some good articles about companies marketing green products. Simply use the WARC search box to search by keyword.


ALICE has a number of books on the topic. For best results, use the subject heading “Social Responsibility of Business.”

Search Terms

Search terms to consider:

  • Corporate reputation
  • Corporate responsibility
  • community involvement
  • community participation
  • community donation
  • community relations
  • green business

Updated 4/21/10