2021 Awards

The winners.

BY CATEGORY

In 2021, company rankings were determined through review of annual proxy statements, annual reports on Form 10-K, investor relations websites, and codes of conduct. Each company’s documents were scored using 136 discrete criteria that flesh out the four pillars of transparency. This year, we also analyzed 12 criteria in order to rank the most efficient plain language in the proxy statement. This award is not accounted for in the overall ranking. See the top-rated companies below:

Top 7 Awards

Best overall Transparency

The winner: Cognizant Technology Solutions

The top 3: Cognizant Technology Solutions, ConocoPhillips, Colgate-Palmolive

Proxy Statement

The winner: Southern Company

The top 3: Southern Company, Duke Energy, Cognizant Technology Solutions

Form 10-K

The winner: JP Morgan Chase

The top 3: JP Morgan Chase, Intel, Moody’s

Investor Relations Website

The winner: Mondelēz International

The top 3: Mondelēz International, Norfolk Southern, Cummins

Code of Conduct

The winner: Procter & Gamble

The top 3: Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive, General Motors

Most improved

The winner: Sempra Energy

The top 3: Sempra Energy, Mondelēz, Linde plc

PLAIN LANGUAGE - PROXY STATEMENT (NEW FOR 2021!)

The winner: General Dynamics

The top 3: General Dynamics, PACCAR, Ball Corporation

Top ranked companies by industry

Consumer Discretionary

General Motors

Consumer Staples

Colgate-Palmolive

Energy

ConocoPhillips

Financials

T. Rowe Price

Healthcare

McKesson

Industrials

Johnson Controls

Information Technology

Microsoft

Materials

LyondellBasell

Telecommunication Services

Verizon

Utilities

Duke Energy

Top 20 companies

#1 COGNIZANT

present in 2020

#2 CONOCOPHILLIPS

new to top 20

#3 COLGATE-PALMOLIVE

new to top 20

#4 JOHNSON CONTROLS

new to top 20

#5 HONEYWELL

new to top 20

#6 S&P GLOBAL

present in 2020

#7 DUKE ENERGY

present in 2020

#8 CVS HEALTH

present in 2020

#9 T. ROWE PRICE

new to top 20

#10 CSX

new to top 20

#11 LOCKHEED MARTIN

present in 2020

#12 GENERAL ELECTRIC

present in 2020

#13 MICROSOFT

new to top 20

#14 MCKESSON

new to top 20

#15 CITIGROUP

present in 2020

#16 DELTA AIR LINES

present in 2020

#17 COMCAST

new to top 20

#18 MASTERCARD

present in 2020

#19 PRUDENTIAL

new to top 20

#20 MERCK

present in 2020