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Restaurant, food companies make Corporate Responsibility’s “100 Best” list

Nine National Restaurant Association members are included on Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s list of the 2011 “100 Best Corporate Citizens,” illustrating the restaurant industry’s commitment to sustainability and social responsibility.

National Restaurant Association member companies included on the list of best corporate citizens are Conagra Foods Inc., Coca-Cola Co., Darden Restaurants Inc, Hormel Foods Corp., Pepsico Inc., Procter & Gamble Co., Sara Lee Corp., Starbucks Corp., and Walt Disney Co.

“We are proud to have these companies as members of the National Restaurant Association, and congratulate them on their accomplishments,” said Dawn Sweeney, president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association.

“The National Restaurant Association has identified sustainability and social responsibility as one of four key industry imperatives, and the Corporate Responsibility Magazine list offers validation that we are a progressive industry in this field,” Sweeney said.

“We are committed to our mission to improve the quality of life for all we serve,” she said. “Philanthropy and environmental sustainability are major components of a successful and compassionate restaurant community. More than nine out of 10 restaurants are actively involved in community service, and as an industry, our annual charitable contributions amount to nearly $3 billion.”

“In addition, restaurants are leading the charge in ‘going greener,’ working to reduce carbon footprints in communities across the United States. Our Conserve: Solutions for Sustainability initiative helps educate restaurant operators on how they can further build their environmental programs and integrate them into a successful business strategy,” Sweeney said.

The list is determined based on publicly available data in seven categories: climate change, employee relations, environment, financial, governance, human rights, and philanthropy.

Corporate Responsibility Magazine has published its “Best Corporate Citizens” list for 12 years. The list has been named as one of the top three most important business rankings by PR Week, according to the magazine’s website.

Next month, the Association will announce the winners of the 2011 Restaurant Neighbor Award, which recognizes restaurants for outstanding commitment and contributions to community service.

The Conserve: Solutions for Sustainability initiative’s website offers free resources and information on sustainability practices.

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