Parent Company Makes Debut
PHOENIX, AZ, March 11, 2009 — Apollo Group, Inc., University of Phoenix's parent company, debuted at number 78 on Corporate Responsibility Officer Magazine's 10th annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens List®. CRO's 100 Best Corporate Citizens List® is the only such list based on 100% publicly-available information and ranks Russell 1000® companies on their performance in seven key areas: Environment, Climate Change, Human Rights, Philanthropy, Employee Relations, Financial and Governance. The complete 2009 100 Best Corporate Citizens List® will be published in the 1st issue of 2009 of CRO Magazine, which can be obtained at TheCRO.com.
Apollo Group's debut on the Best Citizen's list underscores the company's strong performance over the last year and its responsible practices in environmental and social issues. The company scored high in various categories, including employee relations, financial, and governance. In the governance category, Apollo obtained a score of "1"-- the highest score that a company can obtain. Apollo Group was also the only educational organization to be included in the list.
Apollo Group and its subsidiaries maintain a solid commitment to social responsibility, holding the belief that education is an essential element of a strong and healthy global economy. As a leader in higher education and a notable educational advocate and resource, Apollo Group assists local, national and international organizations and schools with their education efforts through a broad array of community giving programs and via the University of Phoenix Foundation.
First published in 2000 by Business Ethics Magazine, the 100 Best Corporate Citizens List® published by CRO Magazine is the most-recognized Corporate Responsibility ranking of Russell 1000® companies. The List is based 100% on publicly-available information and is compiled for CRO Magazine by Portland, Maine-based IW Financial, a leading provider of SRI rankings to institutional investors. MS&L is the official PR firm of the CRO's 2009 100 Best Corporate Citizens List®.
About Apollo Group, Inc.
Apollo Group, Inc. has been an education provider for more than 30 years, providing academic access and opportunity to students through its subsidiaries, University of Phoenix, Institute for Professional Development, College for Financial Planning, Western International University, Meritus University, Insight Schools and Apollo Global. The Company's distinctive educational programs and services are provided at the high school, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels in 40 states (as of November 30, 2008) and the District of Columbia; Puerto Rico; British Columbia, Canada; Mexico; Chile; and the Netherlands, as well as online throughout the world.
For more information about Apollo Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries, call (800) 990-APOL or visit the Company’s website at www.apollogrp.edu.
About University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Through flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning, students achieve personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. As of November 30, 2008, 384, 900 students were enrolled at University of Phoenix, the largest private university in North America. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world.
ABOUT CRO and the CRO ASSOCIATION
CRO Magazine, TheCRO.com, the CRO Summits and CRO Association have evolved into the leading voices of the Corporate Responsibility professions, following the 2006 acquisition of Business Ethics magazine, which originated the 100 Best Corporate Citizens List®. CRO’s mission is to enhance the standing and practice levels of the Corporate Responsibility professions—including governance, risk, compliance, sustainability, EH&S, CSR, philanthropy and HR. More information on the 100 Best Corporate Citizens List®, CRO and the CRO Association can be found at www.thecro.com.
Manny Rivera, Director of Public Affairs
Apollo Group, Inc.