ConAgra Foods Makes "The Civic 50" Published in Bloomberg Businessweek and

  ConAgra Foods Makes "The Civic 50" Published in Bloomberg Businessweek and

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OMAHA, Neb. -- November 08, 2012

ConAgra Foods, Inc. (NYSE: CAG) was recognized as one of America’s most
community-minded companies in The Civic 50 survey – the first comprehensive
ranking of S&P 500 corporations that best use their time, talent, and
resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do
business. The survey was conducted by the National Conference on Citizenship
(NCoC) and Points of Light, the nation’s definitive experts on civic
engagement, in partnership with Bloomberg LP.

An article about The Civic 50 looking at the philanthropic efforts of some of
the top companies appeared in the November 12-18, 2012 issue of Bloomberg
Businessweek. The full Civic 50 ranking is posted on at

“Ourcommitment to the communities in which we live and work is one of the key
planks of ConAgra Foods' citizenship platform,” said Chris Kircher,vice
president, Corporate Affairs and president, ConAgra Foods Foundation. “Doing
the right thing gives our employees a great sense of pride, and it's truly an
honor to be recognized as one of the leaders that comprise The Civic 50."

“NCoC is proud to be part ofThe Civic 50launch," said Ilir Zherka, Executive
Director of NCOC. "The Civic 50demonstrates thatthe bestcompanies in
Americaare deeply committed to strengthening their respective communities.
Leaders of these companies are aligning the expertise of their companies and
peoplewith the needs of their communities, and then measuring the impact of
their programs. NCoC hopesThe Civic 50will spur companies
throughoutourcountryto do the same.”

"As a company committed to community engagement and improvement, Bloomberg is
proud to have partnered with the National Conference on Citizenship and Points
of Light on this important ranking," said Norman Pearlstine, Chairman,
Bloomberg Businessweek and Chief Content Officer, Bloomberg LP "The Civic 50
is a pioneering addition to the Bloomberg Rankings inventory. It features a
comprehensive, transparent methodology to identify companies that have taken a
leadership role in developing and implementing civic engagement programs. We
believe it will raise awareness of the importance of a civic consciousness
through the U.S. corporate world."

Companies were evaluated on seven specific metrics: leadership, measurement
and strategy, design, employee civic health, community partnerships, cause
alignment and transparency. Winning companies employed increasingly
sophisticated tools to measure the impact of community engagement and
alignment of these programs with their business’ core competencies. More than
two-thirds of the top 50 companies say they “frequently” or “always” use the
professional skills of their workforce to address social issues and real
community challenges. Sixty-six percent of the top 50 say they have
“mission-level” alignment with the community partners, meaning they work with
them on the highest strategic level, not just on individual programs or

“Today, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, we can see clearly how much
corporate America pitches in – with expertise, talent, time and money – to
help communities meet critical needs,” said Jackie Norris, executive director
of the Points of Light Corporate Institute. “In times of disaster and in
relative calm, The Civic 50’s work is transformative, innovative and
critically important.”

The full list of winners in descending order is below, and can be found online

About ConAgra Foods

ConAgra Foods, Inc., (NYSE: CAG), is one of North America's leading food
companies, with brands in 97 percent of America’s households. Consumers find
Banquet, Chef Boyardee, Egg Beaters, Hebrew National, Hunt’s, Marie
Callender’s, Orville Redenbacher’s, PAM, Peter Pan, Reddi-wip, Slim Jim, Snack
Pack and many other ConAgra Foods brands in grocery, convenience, mass
merchandise and club stores. ConAgra Foods also has a strong
business-to-business presence, supplying frozen potato and sweet potato
products as well as other vegetable, spice and grain products to a variety of
well-known restaurants, foodservice operators and commercial customers. For
more information, please visit us at


ConAgra Foods
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