Apple has been added to a list of companies deemed to be socially responsible.

To qualify companies must meet globally recognised corporate responsibility standards, they must be working towards environmental sustainability, and up-holding and supporting universal human rights.

CEO of the FTSE Group Mark Makepeace said: "The FTSE4Good series is established as a barometer for CSR practice by companies all over the world. The methodology, which uniquely includes ongoing criteria evolution, ensures that the series always reflects current CSR standards."

Time Warner and Petro-Canada both failed to meet the human rights criteria and were ejected from the list this year.