America’s Greenest Companies in the Global 100
Eight U.S. companies are among the most sustainable in the world according to Corporate Knights, a Toronto-based media company. The eighth annual Global 100 list was announced last week during the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Although the eight firms include some of America’s leading high-tech companies, they also consist of diverse industry areas:
After making significant strides in sustainability in 2011, Apple, America’s most valuable company (according to market capitalization), is noticeably absent from the U.S. ranks. Samsung is the only global consumer electronics company that qualified among the Top and ranked #73 with a score of 29.41%.
The United States has much to learn from two other countries that led the way in the Global 100. The United Kingdom was the sustainability champion with 16 companies in the Global 100 list. Japan was second with 11 firms that were recognized for sustainability. The United States tied for third place with France which also had eight Global 100 companies.
The Global 100 is an annual project conducted by Corporate Knights, the company for clean capitalism, and is the most extensive data-driven sustainability assessment in the world. The key criteria used to qualify sustainable companies include carbon/energy/waste/safety productivity, leadership diversity, CEO-average worker pay ratio, employee turnover and innovation capacity. The firm seeks to identify the environmental and social impacts of business decisions in the marketplace. It also seeks to recognize the best firms that can lead to the next era of green economic growth. A complete list of the Global 100 is available here.