NEW YORK – Jeffrey Ettinger, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Hormel Foods, rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 2012 Responsible CEO honorees.

All award winners were selected by an independent judging panel of previous winners and other industry leaders, according to CR Magazine. The 2011 Responsible CEOs included Arne Duncan of the US Department of Education, Jeffrey Joerres of ManpowerGroup, Donald Knauss of The Clorox Company, Fred Krupp of the Environmental Defense Fund, and Paul Rooke of Lexmark International, Inc.

"At Hormel Foods, we approach our corporate responsibility initiatives with a collaborative mindset," Ettinger said in September. "I am honored to accept this recognition, which ultimately speaks to the hard work of our employees and our company's ongoing commitment to corporate responsibility."

This is the second time Ettinger rang the closing bell. He did it in July in recognition of the 75th anniversary of Hormel's Spam brand.