To determine its 2019 Just 100 list, Forbes partnered with Just Capital, which asked 81,000 Americans about what they most want to see from the nation’s biggest businesses. The most popular answers? Pay workers fairly; treat customers well and protect their privacy; produce quality products; minimize their environmental impact; give back to the communities they operate in; commit to ethical and diverse leadership; and create abundant job opportunities.
With those seven priorities in mind, Forbes ranked 890 of America’s largest publicly-traded companies to determine which are the best corporate actors. The result of this data-crunching: the 2019 Just 100. These are the 100 companies that are taking the public interest into their own hands and generating better returns for themselves and society in the process.
Only one lodging company made the top 100: Hilton at No. 57. According to Halah Touryalai, a Forbes staff writer, Hilton was selected in part because of its aggressive sustainability initiatives. “Earlier this year, Hilton Hotels announced a major sustainability initiative including plans to cut carbon emissions by 61 percent (in line with the Paris Climate Agreement) and reduce water consumption and produced waste by 50 percent,” Touryalai said.