Ecolab, VF Named to the Just 100 List

Posted November 20, 2020 at 10:01 am

Ecolab Inc., St. Paul, MN, and VF Corp., Denver, recently were named to the 2021 Just 100 list. Developed by Forbes and Just Capital, this year’s Just 100 rankings analyzed how the nation’s largest publicly traded companies invest in their workers, support their communities, respect their customers, deliver value to shareholders and reduce environmental impact, according to a news release.

Ecolab ranked No. 22 overall and VF Corp. was No. 65 on the 2021 list. For this year’s rankings, Just Capital evaluated 928 of the nation’s largest publicly traded companies using data from public reports, surveys and crowdsourced repositories, and weighed the data based on what more than 110,000 Americans consider to be the most important aspects of business behavior: treatment of workers, community, customers, shareholders and the environment. This year, the ranking methodology also included the corporate response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“At Ecolab, we understand that to be successful, we must have simultaneous focus on our social, environmental and economic performance,” said Ecolab Chairman and CEO Douglas M. Baker Jr., who recently announced that he will retire as CEO effective Jan. 1, 2021. Click here for details. “We are a purpose-driven company, and our capacity to make a difference couldn’t be more important, given the many challenges the world is facing today, with racial inequity, the health and economic impacts of COVID-19, water scarcity and climate change foremost among them.”

Steve Rendle, VF’s chairman, president and CEO, added that, “Across VF and our portfolio of brands, we work every day to leverage our business in ways that have a positive impact on people and the planet. It’s an honor to be recognized as one of America’s Most Just Companies by Forbes and Just Capital. This recognition confirms our belief that purpose and profit are mutually reinforcing forces that enable environmental and socially responsible business success for the benefit of shareholders and stakeholders alike.”

The complete 2021 Just 100 list is available on and in the November print issue of Forbes magazine. Additional information is available at