Annual Survey Focuses on Corporate Responsibility Performance of Major U.S.
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Feb. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autodesk, Inc.
(Nasdaq: ADSK) announced today that it has been named to the list of "100 Best
Corporate Citizens" in the United States for 2007, compiled annually by CRO
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"It's an honor for Autodesk to be recognized for outstanding ethical
conduct in all aspects of our business, and for our commitments to the greater
community," said Carl Bass, president and CEO, Autodesk. "Beyond principles
and policies, Autodesk puts its standards into action, from our
shareholder-friendly practices, to our education initiatives, to our
partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council to help advance sustainable
building practices. We are proud of what we do -- and what we help others
do -- to be a good corporate citizen and contribute to economically and
socially sustainable business and innovation."
The 2007 list of "100 Best Corporate Citizens" appeared in the
January-February issue of CRO magazine. All 10 of the highest-ranked companies
on the list are also Autodesk customers. Now in its eighth year, the list
draws from more than 1,100 of the largest U.S. publicly traded companies to
identify those that excel at serving a variety of stakeholders. The "100 Best
Corporate Citizens" list was developed by Business Ethics magazine, which was
incorporated last year into The CRO (www.thecro.com), a premier membership
organization for corporate responsibility officers.
"Like its peers on the list, Autodesk stands apart from other large,
publicly traded companies as a result of its strong financial performance and
responsible practices related to a variety of issues," said Michael Connor,
publisher and editor of CRO magazine. "Answerable to higher standards than
most, this elite group is to be commended for its leadership in corporate
The 100 Best Corporate Citizens list puts a numerical rating on companies'
service to various stakeholders, using data from Socrates, the online social
research database created by KLD Research & Analytics in Boston, an
independent research firm serving investment management professionals. Firms
are ranked on service in eight stakeholder categories: shareholders,
community, governance, diversity, employees, environment, human rights and
product. Social scores use KLD's assessment of "strengths" and "concerns"
demonstrated in each category. The shareholder score is based on three-year
average total return (stock appreciation plus dividends) through year-end
More details regarding the 100 Best Corporate Citizens list are available
on the CRO web site at www.thecro.com.
Autodesk, Inc. is the world leader in 2D and 3D design software for the
manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment markets.
Since its introduction of AutoCAD in 1982, Autodesk has developed the broadest
portfolio of state-of-the-art digital prototyping solutions to help customers
experience their ideas before they are real. Fortune 1000 companies rely on
Autodesk for the tools to visualize, simulate and analyze real-world
performance early in the design process to save time and money, enhance
quality and foster innovation. For additional information about Autodesk,
NOTE: Autodesk is a registered trademark or trademark of Autodesk, Inc.,
in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names, or
trademarks belong to their respective holders.
Contact: Caroline Kawashima (415) 547-2498
SOURCE Autodesk, Inc. 02/14/2007
CONTACT: Caroline Kawashima of Autodesk, +1-415-547-2498, or
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