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Top 100 companies leading on social practices

Incorporating social metrics into investment strategies can help to identify more resilient and profitable investment opportunities. Discover which firms and industries are leading on social practices.

Discover who is performing well on social metrics

Key takeaways

Highlights from the list of top-performing companies based on Refinitiv Social Category Scores:

  • The United States, France, United Kingdom and Germany headquarter the most companies scoring highly on social practices.
  • The top 3 companies on our social practices list are IBM (USA), SAP (Germany) and Tata Consultancy Services (India), all in the Software and IT services sector.
  • Business sectors with the largest number of companies scoring well on social practices include Pharmaceuticals & Medical Research, Banking & Investment Services, and Food & Beverages.

Top 10 performing industries on the social pillar score

The top 10 performing industries on the Refinitiv Social pillar with Pharmaceuticals & Medical Research as top and Retailers at 10th.

Source: Refinitiv ESG Data

Top 100

Refinitiv's social top 100

Explore the list of companies leading on Social Pillar Scores as of March 2021


Refinitiv ESG data and scoring methodology

Our ESG data cover 10,000+ companies, over 80% of the global market cap, and 450+ metrics. This includes 197 social metrics and 4 social category scores.

Workforce score

Workforce category scores measure effectiveness towards job satisfaction, healthy and safe workplace, maintaining diversity and equal opportunities, and workforce development opportunities.

Human rights score

Human rights category scores measure a company's effectiveness towards respecting the fundamental human rights conventions.

Community score

Community category scores measure the company's commitment towards being a good citizen, protecting public health and respecting business ethics.

Product responsibility score

Product responsibility category scores reflect a company's capacity to produce quality goods and services integrating the customer's health and safety, integrity and data privacy.


Social spotlight: the global upward trend 

Global social category scores are up 8%

Refinitiv’s Social Pillar Score reflects a company’s practices based on Workforce, Human Rights, Community and Product Responsibility scores. When analyzing 5,527 companies from our ESG database, that report a social pillar score over the last 4 years, we find that the global social scores have increased by 8%.

This positive trend is present in every region, while some countries and sectors lead the way and demonstrate particularly impressive results. Europe displays the highest scores, while Asia-Pacific shows the highest uptick in growth rates over the last 4 years. 


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