Methodology and Process

The Civic 50 survey instrument consists of quantitative and multiple-choice questions that inform the scoring process, and summary narrative questions to capture case study material we will use to celebrate and promote best practices. To calculate a corporation’s score, points are accrued in the following dimensions: Investment (1,000 points), Integration (1,000 points), Institutionalization (1,000 points) and Impact (1,000 points).


We recognize The Civic 50 honorees in alphabetical order, and will honor the top company in each sector based on the Global Industry Classification Standard. The sectors in the GICS are communications, consumer discretionary, consumer staples, energy, financials, healthcare, industrials, materials, technology, utilities and real estate. Only the names of the top 50 companies and the sector leaders will be shared publicly, with attribution. Names and rankings of companies that participate, but do not have rankings qualifying for the top 50 or as sector leaders, will be kept confidential. All other information submitted on The Civic 50 application may be aggregated and shared for benchmarking and continuous improvement purposes, but will be anonymous.

All eligible companies that submit a completed application for The Civic 50 before the deadline will receive a free Individual Scorecard, which lists a company's score and ranking in each of the four evaluated dimensions, and for The Civic 50 overall. Learn more about The Civic 50 scorecards.

Academic Panel

The following academic leaders reviewed the survey during its development in 2014:

  • Professor Bea Boccalandro, Georgetown University Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership
  • Dr. Edward Freeman, University of Virginia Darden School of Business
  • Dr. Ira Harkavy, The Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Pamela Harper, Marist College School of Business
  • Professor Peter Levine, Jonathan Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University
  • Dr. Kelvyn Moore, Bentley University
  • Dr. Nicholas Pearce, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management
  • Dr. John Peloza, Gatton College of Business and Economics at University of Kentucky
  • Dean Alan Solomont, Jonathan Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University