Every year since 2009, in partnership with Corporate Knights Capital and leading sustainability advocates from nongovernmental organizations and the academic and accounting communities, Newsweek has ranked the world’s largest companies (by market capitalization) on corporate sustainability and environmental impact.
This year, using a new and improved rules-based methodology that utilizes only publicly available data, Newsweek has once again posted online its annual Green Rankings.
According to their survey, the top 10 green companies in the world include:
1. Vivendi (Telecommunications Services)
2. Allergan (Health Care)
3. Adobe Systems (Information Technology)
4. Kering (Consumer Discretionary)
5. NTT Docomo (Telecommunications Services)
6. Ecolab (Materials)
7. Atlas Copco (Industrials)
8. Biogen Idec (Health Care)
9. Compass Group (Consumer Discretionary)
10.Schneider Electric (Industrials)
The top 10 green companies in the U.S. according to the Newsweek rankings include:
2. Adobe Systems
3. Ball Corporation (Materials)
5. Sigma-Aldrich (Materials)
6. McCormick (Consumer Staples)
7. Biogen Idec
8. Rockwell Automation (Industrials)
9. Cardinal Health (Health Care)
10.Agilent Technologies (Health Care)
Newsweek noted that, in conducting its survey, it discovered “that far too many companies – particularly those based in the U.S. – are not yet transparent enough when it comes to resource use and environmental impact.”
The now online publication also disclosed that nearly 300 U.S. companies did not report on their water use, while approximately 200 failed to report their energy use.
For more information about the 2014 Newsweek Rankings or to see full world and U.S. rankings, click here.