Most sustainable companies

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March 9, 2018
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Most sustainable companies

Blaming huge corporations for denying climate science and contributing to pollution is a common thread in the discourse around climate change, from studies on carbon emissions to the Exxon Knew campaign.  While many top companies continue to extract and emit fossil fuels at high rates, however, others are working to counteract the rising tide of climate change through programs that emphasize clean energy.  In fact, nearly half of all Fortune 500 companies and two-thirds of Fortune 100 companies have set renewable energy goals and are committing to use wind, solar, or other forms of clean energy instead of fossil fuels.

But which companies are making the biggest strides towards environmental protection?  A recent report from Corporate Knights answers that question through a rigorous ranking system that has determined the 100 most sustainable corporations.  The list consists of publicly-listed companies from all industries and locations with gross revenues of over $1 billion, all of which were screened for sustainability disclosure practices and financial health.  Rankings were based on several factors, most prominently including KPI (Key Performance Indicator) metrics generated from ratios of a company’s revenue to different types of emissions, financial and employee management, and “clean revenue,” or percentage of a company’s total revenue determined “clean” by national bureaus such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  All information used in the rankings was taken from publicly disclosed data, then verified for companies on the top 100 list.  The higher the final ranking, the more sustainable the company.

Click through the slideshow to find out which global corporations are doing the most to utilize renewable energy and work against climate change, as well as details about how each corporation is working towards its sustainability goals.

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Wikipedia

#100: City Developments

Overall Score: 54.10%
Country: Singapore
Industry: Real Estate Management & Development

 

2 / 100
Pexels

#99: Derwent London

Overall Score: 54.30%
Country: United Kingdom
Industry: Equity Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)

 

3 / 100
Pixabay

#98: CapitaLand

Overall Score: 55.10%
Country: Singapore
Industry: Real Estate Management & Development

 

4 / 100
Scottish & Southern Energy

#97: SSE

Overall Score: 56.80%
Country: United Kingdom
Industry: Electric Utilities

 

5 / 100
Garvarduniversity // Wikimedia

#96: Vestas Wind Systems

Overall Score: 58.30%
Country: Denmark
Industry: Electrical Equipment

 

6 / 100
Torsade de Pointes // Wikimedia Commons

#95: Umicore

Overall Score: 59.20%
Country: Belgium
Industry: Chemicals

 

7 / 100
Pexels

#94: Suez

Overall Score: 59.30%
Country: France
Industry: Multi-Utilities

 

8 / 100
Max Pixel

#93: Posco

Overall Score: 59.50%
Country: South Korea
Industry: Metals & Mining

 

9 / 100
Luis García // Wikimedia Commons

#92: Johnson & Johnson

Overall Score: 59.60%
Country: United States
Industry: Pharmaceuticals

 

10 / 100
ma luyao // Wikimedia Commons

#91: Syngenta

Overall Score: 59.70%
Country: Switzerland
Industry: Chemicals

 

11 / 100
Geograph

#90: Renault

Overall Score: 59.70%
Country: France
Industry: Automobiles

 

12 / 100
Denis Deschenes // Wikimedia Commons

#89: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Overall Score: 60.00%
Country: Canada
Industry: Banks

 

13 / 100
GeorgHH // Wikimedia Commons

#88: Wartsila

Overall Score: 60.10%
Country: Finland
Industry: Machinery

 

14 / 100
Orkla Foods Norge // Wikimedia Commons

#87: Orkla

Overall Score: 60.40%
Country: Norway
Industry: Food Products

 

15 / 100
Roman Hobler // Flickr

#86: Nordea Bank

Overall Score: 60.50%
Country: Sweden
Industry: Banks

 

16 / 100
Martin Speck // Wikimedia Commons

#85: AXA

Overall Score: 60.60%
Country: France
Industry: Insurance

 

17 / 100
Pexels

#84: L'Oreal

Overall Score: 60.70%
Country: France
Industry: Personal Products

 

18 / 100
Aerovista Luchtfotografie // Shutterstock

#83: Akzo Nobel

Overall Score: 60.70%
Country: Netherlands
Industry: Chemicals

 

19 / 100
Kevin Poh // Flickr

#82: Verbund

Overall Score: 60.90%
Country: Austria
Industry: Electric Utilities

 

20 / 100
Jonathan Weiss // Shutterstock

#81: General Electric

Overall Score: 60.90%
Country: United States
Industry: Industrial Conglomerates

 

21 / 100
Kgbo // Wikimedia Commons

#80: National Australia Bank

Overall Score: 61.30%
Country: Australia
Industry: Banks

 

22 / 100
Ken Wolter // Shutterstock

#79: Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Overall Score: 61.50%
Country: United States
Industry: Technology Hardware, Storage & Peripherals

 

23 / 100
Giligone // Wikimedia Commons

#78: Sun Life Financial

Overall Score: 61.50%
Country: Canada
Industry: Insurance

 

24 / 100
Davi José Machado // Wikimedia Commons

#77: HP

Overall Score: 61.80%
Country: United States
Industry: Technology Hardware, Storage & Peripherals

 

25 / 100
João Paulo Chagas // Wikimedia Commons

#76: Banco Santander Brasil

Overall Score: 61.90%
Country: Brazil
Industry: Banks

 

26 / 100
André-Pierre du Plessis // Flickr

#75: MetLife

Overall Score: 62.00%
Country: United States
Industry: Insurance

 

27 / 100
CEphoto, Uwe Aranas // Wikimedia Commons

#74: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing

Overall Score: 62.30%
Country: Taiwan
Industry: Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment

 

28 / 100
Pixabay

#73: Telus

Overall Score: 62.50%
Country: Canada
Industry: Diversified Telecommunication Services

 

29 / 100
N509FZ // Wikimedia Commons

#72: Lenovo Group

Overall Score: 62.60%
Country: China
Industry: Technology Hardware, Storage & Peripherals

 

30 / 100
Rudolph Buch // Wikimedia Commons

#71: Allianz

Overall Score: 62.70%
Country: Germany
Industry: Insurance

 

31 / 100
Pixabay

#70: Orsted

Overall Score: 63.00%
Country: Denmark
Industry: Electric Utilities

 

32 / 100
Texas Instruments // Wikimedia Commons

#69: Texas Instruments

Overall Score: 63.00%
Country: United States
Industry: Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment

 

33 / 100
Wikipedia

#68: Nissan Motor Co

Overall Score: 63.10%
Country: Japan
Industry: Automobiles

 

34 / 100
Max Pixel

#67: Coca-Cola European Partners

Overall Score: 63.20%
Country: United Kingdom
Industry: Beverages

 

35 / 100
Pexels

#66: Chr. Hansen

Overall Score: 63.30%
Country: Denmark
Industry: Chemicals

 

36 / 100
Roland Magnusson // Shutterstock

#65: Sandvik

Overall Score: 63.40%
Country: Sweden
Industry: Machinery

 

37 / 100
Denis Linine // Shutterstock

#64: Novartis

Overall Score: 63.70%
Country: Switzerland
Industry: Pharmaceuticals

 

38 / 100
Singtel France // Wikimedia Commons

#63: Singapore Telecommunications

Overall Score: 63.70%
Country: Singapore
Industry: Diversified Telecommunication Services

 

39 / 100
Luis García // Wikimedia Commons

#62: BT Group

Overall Score: 64.00%
Country: United Kingdom
Industry: Diversified Telecommunication Services

 

40 / 100
Russell Trebor

#61: Diageo

Overall Score: 64.20%
Country: United Kingdom
Industry: Beverages

 

41 / 100
Pixabay

#60: Daimler

Overall Score: 64.20%
Country: Germany
Industry: Automobiles

 

42 / 100
jejim // Shutterstock

#59: NVIDIA

Overall Score: 64.40%
Country: United States
Industry: Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment

 

43 / 100
Khajonwit Somsri // Shutterstock

#58: Aberdeen Asset Management

Overall Score: 64.50%
Country: United Kingdom
Industry: Capital Markets

 

44 / 100
Venturelli Luca // Shuterstock

#57: H & M Hennes & Mauritz

Overall Score: 65.10%
Country: Sweden
Industry: Specialty Retail

 

45 / 100
Zarateman // Wikimedia Commons

#56: Acciona

Overall Score: 65.60%
Country: Spain
Industry: Electric Utilities

 

46 / 100
Pixabay

#55: Sekisui Chemical

Overall Score: 65.60%
Country: Japan
Industry: Household Durables

 

47 / 100
Tomasz Bidermann // Shutterstock

#54: ING Groep

Overall Score: 65.90%
Country: Netherlands
Industry: Banks

 

48 / 100
Willy Barton // Shutterstock

#53: GlaxoSmithKline

Overall Score: 66.30%
Country: United Kingdom
Industry: Pharmaceuticals

 

49 / 100
Engie Brasil Energia

#52: Engie Brasil Energia

Overall Score: 66.40%
Country: Brazil
Industry: Independent Power & Renewable Electricity Prod.

 

50 / 100
ricochet64 // Shutterstock

#51: Legrand

Overall Score: 66.50%
Country: France
Industry: Electrical Equipment

 

51 / 100
Epizentrum // Wikimedia Commons

#50: Nestle

Overall Score: 66.60%
Country: Switzerland
Industry: Food Products

 

52 / 100
Marcos Elias de Oliveira Júnior // Wikimedia Commons

#49: Banco do Brasil

Overall Score: 66.60%
Country: Brazil
Industry: Banks

 

53 / 100
Hans-Peter Bock hpbock@avaapgh.de // Wikimedia Commons

#48: Ingersoll-Rand

Overall Score: 66.70%
Country: United States
Industry: Machinery

 

54 / 100
Good Free Photos

#47: Kering

Overall Score: 66.80%
Country: France
Industry: Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods

 

55 / 100
Kaniwari // Wikimedia Commons

#46: Shinhan Financial Group

Overall Score: 67.00%
Country: South Korea
Industry: Banks

 

56 / 100
KaiBorgeest // Wikimedia Commons

#45: Schneider Electric

Overall Score: 67.00%
Country: France
Industry: Electrical Equipment

 

57 / 100
Lombroso // Wikimedia Commons

#44: Takeda Pharmaceutical

Overall Score: 67.40%
Country: Japan
Industry: Pharmaceuticals

 

58 / 100
photobyphm // Shutterstock

#43: Applied Materials

Overall Score: 67.40%
Country: United States
Industry: Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment

 

59 / 100
jejim // Shutterstock

#42: Analog Devices

Overall Score: 67.60%
Country: United States
Industry: Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment

 

60 / 100
Uccio “Uccio2” D'Ago… // Wikimedia Commons

#41: Intesa Sanpaolo

Overall Score: 68.00%
Country: Italy
Industry: Banks

 

61 / 100
SCA

#40: Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget

Overall Score: 68.00%
Country: Sweden
Industry: Household Products

 

62 / 100
Sendelbach // Wikimedia Commons

#39: ABB

Overall Score: 68.10%
Country: Switzerland
Industry: Electrical Equipment

 

63 / 100
Wikipedia

#38: Storebrand

Overall Score: 68.80%
Country: Norway
Industry: Insurance

 

64 / 100
Jonathan Weiss // Shutterstock

#37: Eli Lilly

Overall Score: 69.30%
Country: United States
Industry: Pharmaceuticals

 

65 / 100
William Murphy // Wikimedia Commons

#36: BNP Paribas

Overall Score: 69.40%
Country: France
Industry: Banks

 

66 / 100
Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine // Flickr

#35: Nokia

Overall Score: 69.60%
Country: Finland
Industry: Communications Equipment

 

67 / 100
Roland Magnusson // Shutterstock

#34: AstraZeneca

Overall Score: 69.70%
Country: United Kingdom
Industry: Pharmaceuticals

 

68 / 100
Davidlafay // Wikimedia Commons

#33: bioMerieux

Overall Score: 69.80%
Country: France
Industry: Health Care Equipment & Supplies

 

69 / 100
Television Francaise

#32: Television Francaise

Overall Score: 69.90%
Country: France
Industry: Media

 

70 / 100
Mstyslav Chernov

#31: Kesko

Overall Score: 70.20%
Country: Finland
Industry: Food & Staples Retailing

 

71 / 100
Dontworry // Wikimedia Commons

#30: Deutsche Borse

Overall Score: 70.60%
Country: Germany
Industry: Capital Markets

 

72 / 100
Halma

#29: Halma

Overall Score: 70.70%
Country: United Kingdom
Industry: Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components

 

73 / 100
Jonas Bergsten // Wikimedia

#28: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson

Overall Score: 70.80%
Country: Sweden
Industry: Communications Equipment

 

74 / 100
Itron

#27: Itron

Overall Score: 71.10%
Country: United States
Industry: Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components

 

75 / 100
JiahuiH // Flickr

#26: Intel

Overall Score: 71.10%
Country: United States
Industry: Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment

 

76 / 100
Laurent Grassin // Flickr

#25: Vivendi

Overall Score: 71.10%
Country: France
Industry: Media

 

77 / 100
Nils Versemann // Shutterstock

#24: Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Overall Score: 71.50%
Country: Australia
Industry: Banks

 

78 / 100
Wikipedia

#23: McCormick

Overall Score: 71.50%
Country: United States
Industry: Food Products

 

79 / 100
ricochet64 // Shutterstock

#22: Sanofi SA

Overall Score: 71.90%
Country: France
Industry: Pharmaceuticals

 

80 / 100
JuliusKielaitis // Shutterstock

#21: Honda Motor Co

Overall Score: 71.90%
Country: Japan
Industry: Automobiles

 

81 / 100
Pixabay

#20: Allergan

Overall Score: 72.20%
Country: United States
Industry: Pharmaceuticals

 

82 / 100
Christian van Elven // Flickr

#19: Koninklijke Philips

Overall Score: 72.50%
Country: Netherlands
Industry: Industrial Conglomerates

 

83 / 100
Bruno Girin // Wikimedia Commons

#18: Companhia Energetica de Minas Gerais CEMIG

Overall Score: 73.00%
Country: Brazil
Industry: Electric Utilities

 

84 / 100
Wikipedia

#17: Bayerische Motoren Werke

Overall Score: 73.20%
Country: Germany
Industry: Automobiles

 

85 / 100
Ddraft

#16: Amadeus IT Group

Overall Score: 73.20%
Country: Spain
Industry: IT Services

 

86 / 100
Dronepicr

#15: Pearson

Overall Score: 73.90%
Country: United Kingdom
Industry: Media

 

87 / 100
WAYHOME studio // Shutterstock

#14: Natura Cosmeticos

Overall Score: 74.10%
Country: Brazil
Industry: Personal Products

 

88 / 100
Montgomery County Planning CommissionFollow // Flickr

#13: Merck

Overall Score: 74.30%
Country: United States
Industry: Pharmaceuticals

 

89 / 100
Mack Male // Flickr

#12: Enbridge

Overall Score: 74.90%
Country: Canada
Industry: Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels

 

90 / 100
Martin Kraft // Wikimedia Commons

#11: Aareal Bank

Overall Score: 75.40%
Country: Germany
Industry: Thrifts & Mortgage Finance

 

91 / 100
Emmanuel DYAN // Flickr

#10: Samsung SDI

Overall Score: 75.80%
Country: South Korea
Industry: Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components

 

92 / 100
High Contrast // Wikimedia Commons

#9: Siemens

Overall Score: 76.70%
Country: Germany
Industry: Industrial Conglomerates

 

93 / 100
Coolcaesar // Wikimedia Commons

#8: Autodesk

Overall Score: 76.90%
Country: United States
Industry: Software

 

94 / 100
Ken Wolter // Shutterstock

#7: Cisco Systems

Overall Score: 77.00%
Country: United States
Industry: Communications Equipment

 

95 / 100
Amundi // Wikimedia Commons

#6: Amundi

Overall Score: 77.80%
Country: France
Industry: Capital Markets

 

96 / 100
Wikipedia

#5: Outotec

Overall Score: 78.30%
Country: Finland
Industry: Construction & Engineering

 

97 / 100
Alina Zienowicz // Wikimedia Commons

#4: Ucb

Overall Score: 79.50%
Country: Belgium
Industry: Pharmaceuticals

 

98 / 100
Grzegorz Czapski // Shutterstock

#3: Valeo

Overall Score: 83.60%
Country: France
Industry: Auto Components

 

99 / 100
J-P Kärnä // Wikimedia Commons

#2: Neste

Overall Score: 85.20%
Country: Finland
Industry: Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels

 

100 / 100
360b // Shutterstock

#1: Dassault Systemes

Overall Score: 86.10%
Country: France
Industry: Software

 

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