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Seventeen New Jersey companies, including six longtime NJBIA members, have been named to Newsweek’s 2023 List of America’s Most Responsible Companies, which honors the Top 500 “good corporate citizens” for their focus on environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG).

Newsweek and Statista Inc selected America’s Most Responsible Companies based on key performance indicators derived from an independent survey and publicly available sustainability and corporate social responsibility reports.

Merck & Co. was ranked No. 4 overall nationwide and No. 1 among Healthcare & Life Sciences companies with scores of 91 on environmental concerns, 100 on social concerns, and 78.9 on corporate governance for an overall score of 90.

Public Service Enterprise Group, whose subsidiary PSE&G is New Jersey’s largest gas and electric utility company, had an overall ESG score of 82.3 and New Jersey American Water had an overall ESG score of 80.4.  Both utilities ranked among the Top 100 companies nationwide.

Other longtime NJBIA member companies honored among the best include the consumer goods company Church & Dwight, Prudential, and New Jersey Resources. The Newsweek list also included Campbell Soup, Zoetis, Becton Dickinson (BD), Organon & Co., Universal Display, Phibro Animal Health, Catalent, Burlington, Clearway Energy, Automatic Data Processing, and Avis Budget Group.

“Talking the talk is easy, but walking the walk is hard,” said Newsweek Global Editor in Chief Nancy Cooper. “We are proud to present this year’s ranking and to honor companies that actually mean it when they say they are serious about being good corporate citizens.”

The complete list of America’s Most Responsible Companies 2023 can be found on Newsweek’s website here.