The 32 Companies Leading for Their Workers by Industry Tend to Outperform

Labor Day 2021 marks nearly 18 months into the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S., and this week we highlighted the 32 companies – by industry – that have prioritized their workers during these tumultuous times. The companies – which top our Rankings on worker issues within their industries, from Retail to Software to Transportation – have established practices to keep their workers safe during the pandemic, disclosed demographic details as a first step toward advancing racial equity, offered benefits to help workers climb the job ladder, and more.

For this edition of Chart of the Week, we take a look at how these 32 companies perform compared to the rest of the Russell 1000 companies we rank:



Looking at these industry leaders (excluding the top company for Internet – Facebook – as it is under review for our 2021 Rankings), we see that they have outperformed the Russell 1000 by 8.6% over the trailing one-year period.

These companies are at the forefront of their industries – and many at the vanguard of corporate America overall – when it comes to worker well-being. And their performance shows that, even during one of the most challenging years in recent history, it pays to treat your workers well.

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