how compANIES RANK IN THE CPA-ZICKLIN INDEX
The CPA-Zicklin Index of Corporate Political Disclosure and Accountability, developed in conjunction with the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, is the only measure of political spending transparency and accountability among the country's largest public corporations. Based on voluntarily disclosed information, the Index measures performance in three areas: disclosure, political spending policy, and board oversight of political spending.
The Center gathers contribution information as well as transparency and accountability policies directly from companies’ web sites. Data collection begins the first week of May for members of the S&P 500 as of tax day. The data is evaluated on a rolling basis using the 24 indicators below, which were developed by our Scoring Advisory Committee. Each company receives notice of its tentative score and is given the opportunity to make changes to its policies and web site before the Index is published in late September or early October.
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