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Austrian and Irish workplaces head 100 list

May 2003

Companies in Austria and Ireland have done particularly well in the first-ever list of the 100 best workplaces in the European Union.

Nine firms in Austria and nine in Ireland, including subsidiaries of multinationals, made the top 100, which was drawn up by the European Commission. More companies from the bigger economies of the UK (12) and Germany (12) appeared in the list. By contrast France, Europe’s third-largest economy, had only two.

Although the 100 companies were not ranked, the EC has picked out the best ten. They include the UK retail group Asda, Italian car company Ferrari Maserati, Ireland’s MBNA bank and Austria’s Winterheller Software.

Three special awards for excellence in the fields of diversity, gender equality and commitment to lifelong learning went to Intel (Ireland), Schering (Germany) and Hannes Snellman (Finland) respectively.

EC judges based their list on a questionnaire filled in by more than 124,000 employees of 1000 companies in all 15 European Union member states.

Across the Atlantic, food company General Mills has won top spot in the fourth annual Business Ethics magazine ranking of best US corporate citizens for its ‘service to community and minority stakeholders’.

The engineering company Cummins ranked second for its community investment in Brazil, Mexico and elsewhere. Business Ethics used social ratings of the largest 1000 companies compiled by KLD Research & Analytics.

Other companies in the top 20 include AT&T, Bank of America, Cisco Systems and Motorola.

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