The Civic 50


Civic 50 honors the 50 most community-minded companies in the nation each year as determined by an annual survey. This year’s survey will be open from September 22, 2015 - January 15, 2016.

Here’s a glimpse of last year’s Civic 50:

What Is The Civic 50?

  • The Civic 50, an initiative of Points of Light, honors the 50 most community-minded companies in the nation each year as determined by an annual survey.
  • Benchmarking and sharing the best practices of community engagement offers companies that participate in The Civic 50 a roadmap for using their time, skills, and other resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business. The Civic 50 will help translate good intentions into sound business practices for years to come.
  • The Civic 50 winners are selected based on four dimensions of their U.S. community engagement program:

       Investment: How extensively and strategically the company applies its resources to community engagement in the US, including employee time and skills, cash, in-kind giving and leadership.
       Integration: How a company’s US community engagement program supports business interests and integrates into business functions, or how it “does well by doing good.”
       Institutionalization: How the company supports community engagement in the US through its institutional policies, systems, and incentives.
       Impact: How the company measures the social and business impact of its US community engagement program.

Methodology and Process

  • The latest survey instrument consists of quantitative and multiple-choice questions that inform The Civic 50 scoring process, and summary narrative questions to capture potential case study material for highlighting best practices. To calculate a corporation’s score, points are accrued in the following dimensions: Investment (1,000 points), Integration (1,000 points), Institutionalization (1,000 points) and Impact (1,000 points).
  • All companies with revenue of $1Billion and over are invited to participate in the survey.


Companies will be recognized as The Civic 50 in alphabetical order. The Top 5 companies will be ranked with their sector peers based on GICS classification. Only the rankings of the Top 50 companies and Sector Top 5 will be shared publicly with attribution. Names and rankings of companies that participate but do not have rankings qualifying for the Top 50 or Top 5 will be kept confidential. As The Civic 50 expands to include both public and privately held companies we will recognize important distinctions that may emerge. All other information submitted on The Civic 50 application may be aggregated and shared for benchmarking and continuous improvement purposes, but will be anonymous (not attributed to any specific company).

What's New for 2015?

  • The Civic 50 2015 survey continues to include public and private companies with revenue of $1 Billion and over.
  • The core of this year’s survey is unchanged from 2014. It is entirely quantitative and multiple-choice built on three years of feedback and review of an Academic Panel.

Academic Panel

The following academic leaders reviewed the survey during its development in 2014:

  • Professor Bea Boccalandro, Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership, Georgetown University
  • Dr. Edward Freeman, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
  • Dr. Ira Harkavy, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Pamela Harper, Marist College School of Business
  • Professor Peter Levine, Jonathan Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts University
  • Dr. Kelvyn Moore, Bentley University
  • Dr. Nicholas Pearce, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
  • Dr. John Peloza, Gatton College of Business and Economics, University of Kentucky
  • Dean Alan Solomont, Jonathan Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts University​


The Civic 50 was founded in partnership with the National Conference on Citizenship in 2012 and developed with a high-profile working group of lead researchers and industry thought leaders. Additionally, dozens of corporate advisors provided strategic guidance on the program’s objectives, including defining indicators, developing methodology, and identifying partners and participants. The first two years of The Civic 50 evaluated and honored only S&P 500 companies. This was expanded in 2014 to invite all companies with revenue of $1 Billion and over.

The 2014 Civic 50, in alphabetical order, are:

  • AbbVie
  • Adobe Systems Incorporated
  • Aetna Inc.
  • Alcoa
  • Altria Group, Inc.
  • Apollo Education Group
  • AT&T
  • Bank of America
  • Baxter International Inc.
  • Caesars Entertainment *Consumer Discretionary Sector Leader
  • Capital One
  • CenterPoint Energy *Utilities Sector Leader
  • Citi
  • Comcast Corporation*Communications Sector Leader
  • ConAgra Foods *Consumer Staples Sector Leader
  • CSAA Insurance Group – a AAA insurer
  • Dr Pepper Snapple Group
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • FedEx Corporation
  • Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold
  • Gap Inc.
  • GE
  • General Mills
  • Hasbro, Inc.
  • Health Care Service Corporation
  • Hewlett-Packard *Technology Sector Leader
  • Intel Corporation
  • Intuit
  • KeyBank *Financials Sector Leader
  • Motorola Solutions, Inc.
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • Prudential Financial, Inc.
  • PwC
  • Raytheon Company
  • SAP
  • Sigma-Aldrich *Materials Sector Leader
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Sprint Corporation
  • State Street Corporation
  • Symantec Corporation
  • The Hershey Company
  • Toyota Financial Services
  • TSYS
  • UnitedHealth Group *Health Care Sector Leader
  • UPS *Industrials Sector Leader
  • Valero Energy Corporation*Energy Sector Leader
  • Verizon
  • Viacom
  • Western Union

Top Companies by Industry


  1. Comcast Corporation
  2. Verizon
  3. Viacom

Consumer Discretionary

  1. Caesars Entertainment
  2. Hasbro, Inc
  3. The Hershey Company

Consumer Staples

  1. ConAgra Foods
  2. Dr Pepper Snapple Group
  3. Altria Group, Inc. 


  1. Valero Energy Corporation
  2. NRG Energy, Inc *
  3. Baker Hughes, Incorporated * and Devon Energy (tie) *


  1. KeyBank
  2. Bank of America and Citi (tie)
  3. Toyota Financial Services

Health Care

  1. UnitedHealth Group 
  2. Aetna
  3. Health Care Service Corporation


  1. UPS
  2. GE
  3. FedEx Corporation


  1. Sigma-Aldrich
  2. Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold
  3. Alcoa 


  1. Hewlett-Packard
  2. Motorola Solutions, Inc
  3. Symantec Corporation


  1. CenterPoint Energy
  2. Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  3. NextEra Energy, Inc *

*These companies were selected for the Sector Top 3 but did not qualify for The Civic 50.

For more information on best practices and survey trends in 2014, click here.

The 2013 Civic 50in alphabetical order, are:

  • 3M
  • Abbott
  • AbbVie
  • Adobe Systems
  • Aetna
  • Alcoa
  • Allstate
  • Altria Group
  • Ameriprise Financial
  • Apollo Education Group
  • AT&T
  • Bank of America
  • Baxter International
  • Campbell Soup
  • Capital One Financial
  • Citigroup
  • Comcast
  • Devon Energy
  • Discover Financial Services
  • Dr Pepper Snapple Group
  • Ecolab
  • FedEx
  • Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold
  • Gap
  • General Electric
  • Hasbro
  • Hershey
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • KeyCorp
  • Life Technologies
  • McGraw Hill Financial
  • Microsoft
  • Morgan Stanley
  • NRG Energy
  • Pacific Gas & Electric Company
  • Raytheon
  • Sigma-Aldrich
  • Southwest Airlines
  • State Street
  • Total System Services
  • UnitedHealth Group
  • United Parcel Service
  • Valero Energy
  • Viacom
  • Wal-Mart Stores
  • Western Union
  • Weyerhaeuser

For more information on best practices and survey trends in 2013, click here.

The 2012 Civic 50, in alphabetical order, are:

  1. IBM
  2. Citigroup
  3. AT&T Inc.
  4. Aetna
  5. Capital One Financial Corporation
  6. Morgan Stanley
  7. Campbell Soup Company
  8. The McGraw-Hill Companies
  9. General Electric
  10. Hasbro, Inc.
  11. Western Union
  12. FedEx Corporation
  13. Allstate
  14. Microsoft
  15. Bank of America
  16. Target Corp.
  17. Intel Corporation
  18. UnitedHealth Group
  19. Abbott
  20. Southwest Airlines
  21. Pacific Gas & Electric Company
  22. Viacom Inc.
  23. Apollo Group, Inc.
  24. American Express Company
  25. Cummins Inc.
  26. Wal-mart Stores, Inc.
  27. Comerica, Inc.
  28. Hewlett-Packard Company
  29. The Hershey Company
  30. Altria Group, Inc.
  31. McKesson Corporation
  32. ConAgra Foods, Inc.
  33. Raytheon Company
  34. H.J. Heinz Company
  35. The Goldman Sachs Group
  36. Spectra Energy
  37. Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold
  38. Discovery Communications
  39. Dr. Pepper Snapple Group
  40. Motorola Solutions
  41. Devon Energy Corporation
  42. Baker Hughes Incorporated
  43. Starbucks Coffee Company and Ameriprise Financial (tie)
  44. Harris Corporation
  45. Weyerhaeuser Company
  46. Adobe Systems Inc.
  47. Sigma-Aldrich Corp. and Verizon Communications (tie)
  48. Life Technologies

For more information on best practices and survey trends in 2012, click here.

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