• St. Louis is Home to Nine Fortune 500 Headquarters

    Jun 13, 2017

    Each year Fortune magazine publishes their Fortune 1,000 list which ranks publicly traded U.S. companies by their total revenues.  In 2017, the St. Louis metro area is home to 17 Fortune 1,000 headquarters, one less than in 2016.  Last year Spire made the list at 980, but missed the cutoff this year.

    St. Louis Fortune 1000 Headquarters




    Revenues ($ billions)


    Express Scripts Holding








    Emerson Electric








    Reinsurance Group of America




    Jones Financial (Edward Jones)




    Graybar Electric












    Post Holdings








    Panera Bread




    Stifel Financial








    Edgewell Personal Care








    Arch Coal



    Source: “Fortune 500” Fortune, 2017.

    Nine companies remain in the top 500 for the regional area, but there has been some movement among the group as a whole.  Olin broke into the Fortune 500 as they continued their growth, while Peabody Energy slipped to 533 as they emerged from bankruptcy.

    Express Scripts has been a stable fixture holding their rank of 22nd on the list for the third year in a row.  Centene experienced the greatest jump in revenues from 2016, with an overall growth of $17.9 billion, moving up 58 places from 124 to 66 in 2017.  Centene is in the process of building a $770 million campus expansion at their Clayton headquarters. 

    Post Holdings continues to make progress towards cracking the top 500 with an 8.2% increase in revenue over the past year, putting them within eight spots of the Fortune 500. 

    Due to the constant changes in the business landscape as a result of mergers and acquisitions, the Fortune 1,000 list goes through regular changes year to year.  Next year will likely see Panera Bread and Monsanto leaving the list in light of their recent acquisitions. The list also does not account for many major St. Louis metro area companies such as nonprofits like BJC HealthCare or privately owned companies like World Wide Technology or Edward Jones.

    In spite of the regular turnover altering the business landscape, St. Louis headquarters continue to fare favorably in the rankings and sustain long-term growth. The Fortune list’s rankings illustrate St. Louis’ longstanding success as a viable location for headquarters of some of the nation’s most prominent and innovative organizations.
  • St. Louis Green Business Challenge Returns For Its 8th Annual Sustainability Program

    Apr 27, 2017

    St. Louis Green Business Challenge logoUpdate: We are pleased to offer a limited-time 50% discount to first-time participants entering on the Leader or Champion levels using the code gchnew2017. Register today!

    If your company is interested in the Challenge, attend a FREE informational meeting at the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center in Forest Park on May 10, 7:30 - 9:30 am. Space is limited and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    The St. Louis Green Business Challenge is recruiting companies to join its 8th annual sustainability program through May 12, 2017.  Powered by the St. Louis Regional Chamber and the Missouri Botanical Garden, the St. Louis Green Business Challenge introduces companies of all sizes and industries to the world of sustainable business practices.

    Since the program’s inception in 2010, 176 companies have participated in the Challenge, representing over 150,000 employees engaged in sustainable business practices. By leveraging the St. Louis Regional Chamber’s broad business network and the Missouri Botanical Garden’s sustainability resources, the St. Louis Green Business Challenge influences the business, education, government and nonprofit sectors of the St. Louis regional economy. Companies benefit from customized coaching and site visits provided by the EarthWays Center, the Missouri Botanical Garden’s sustainability division.

    Participants choose one of four tracks to measures their progress based on their company’s culture and goals: the Apprentice Track, Leaders Track, Champions Track or Green Cities Track. A point-based scorecard tracks each company’s progress based on six sustainability measures: Outreach, Energy, Indoor Environmental Quality, Waste, Water and Transportation. These measures guide participants to conserve energy, improve indoor environmental quality, reduce waste, promote clean transportation alternatives and educate fellow organizations.

    Companies can register for the 2017 Challenge through May 12. Program details and registration links are available at www.stlouisgreenchallenge.com

    For more information about joining the St. Louis Green Business Challenge, contact Jean Ponzi at jean.ponzi@mobot.org or 314–577–0246.

    About the St. Louis Regional Chamber
    The St. Louis Regional Chamber is a broad community of leaders united for economic prosperity throughout the entire St. Louis bi-state region. Our aspiration is for St. Louis to be one of the Top 10 U.S. regions in prosperity. Our one purpose is to inspire a greater St. Louis. Together, we will make St. Louis a more attractive place for people to live, work, and invest. We will win on today’s regional strengths in focused economic clusters: financial services, health, multimodal logistics, and biosciences. We will champion a better tomorrow through greater educational attainment, inclusion and talent attraction, entrepreneurship and innovation. For more information, visit www.stlregionalchamber.com.

    About the Missouri Botanical Garden and Earthways Center
    The Missouri Botanical Garden’s mission is “to discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life.” Today, 158 years after opening, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science, conservation, education and horticultural display. EarthWays Center, the sustainability division of the Garden, engages tens of thousands of adults and youth, businesses and municipalities with green living ideas and practices through tours, classes, summer camp, partnerships with many other organizations and events. For more information, visit www.missouribotanicalgarden.org