We follow this select group of listed companies since they offer an up-to-date snapshot of the corporate pension industry and they help set the stage for the future. This group of 19 companies represent nearly 40% of all pension liability for U.S.-listed companies. Their approach to benefit, funding, and investment strategy trailblaze much of what we are seeing in the broader industry. They tend to have the scale and resources to innovate and think creatively, setting trends that many other defined benefit (DB) sponsors will eventually follow.

This paper reports the findings from the following companies DB plan contributions:
  1. 3M
  2. AT&T
  3. Boeing
  4. Corteva
  5. Dow Chemical
  6. Exxon Mobil
  7. FedEx
  8. Ford Motor
  9. General Electric
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  1. Honeywell International
  2. IBM
  3. Johnson & Johnson
  4. Lockheed Martin
  5. Northrop Grumman
  6. Pfizer
  7. Raytheon Technologies
  8. United Parcel Service
  9. Verizon Communications