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NS, UP among Corporate Responsibility's top 100 corporate citizens


Norfolk Southern Corp. and Union Pacific Railroad have landed on Corporate Responsibility magazine's 2011 list of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens. NS ranked No. 79, earning the honor for the third time, and UP ranked No. 81, making the list for the second-straight year.

The list is based on 360 data points pertaining to the environment, climate change, human rights, philanthropy, employee relations, financial performance and governance. The best corporate citizens are selected from among large-cap Russell 1000 companies, based on data provided by an investor data firm.

"We are committed to continuous improvement in economic, environmental, social, and business practices that are good for our employees, communities, customers and stockholders," said Blair Wimbush, NS vice president of real estate and corporate sustainability officer, in a prepared statement.

UP Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Young echoed those sentiments in a separate statement.

“Whether it's providing logistics solutions to our customers, working to overcome a natural disaster or contributing to improve the quality of life in our nearly 7,000 communities, our employees exemplify a commitment to safety, service and productivity that helps Union Pacific meet America's freight transportation and infrastructure needs,” he said.

Johnson Controls Inc. topped the magazine’s list, which also includes DuPont at No. 19, Southern Co. at No. 41, Cummins Inc. at No. 48, UPS at No. 52, Dow Chemical Co. at No. 59, Ford Motor Co. at No. 63 and GE at No. 93.

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