When we buy something for our home, we do a quick materials check: nontoxic, recyclable, organic, etc. Something we do less often (but something that is equally important) is check on the greenness of the company producing the product. Newsweek is helping out with their 2009 Green Rankings of America's 500 largest corporations ...Newsweek evaluated 500 companies (here's their methodology) and then ranked them according to their greenness. The top honors went to the following:
- Hewlett-Packard: "Strong programs to reduce GHG emissions. The first major IT company to report GHG emissions associated with its supply chain. Has made an effort to remove toxic substances from its products, but Greenpeace has targeted it for failing to do better."
- Dell: "Ranks 4th among the top U.S. corporate users of renewable energy; headquarters uses 100% renewable energy. All its desktop and laptop computers will consume up to 25% less energy by 2010."
- Johnson & Johnson: "Its commitment to climate change is rare for its peer group and has strong environmental management in place, but has not pledged to become carbon neutral. Has largest fleet of hybrid vehicles in the world. However, a top emitter of toxic pollutants compared to other companies within its industry."
- Intel: "Strong programs to reduce GHG emissions. The first major IT company to report GHG emissions associated with its supply chain. Has made an effort to remove toxic substances from its products, but Greenpeace has targeted it for failing to do better."
- IBM: "Has had formal environmental policies since 1971. All new employees undergo environmental awareness training. Ultra carbon-conscious, it's the only company to receive EPA's Climate Protection Award twice. Participated in pilot program to reduce Stockholm's traffic congestion, which led to 40% decrease in inner-city greenhouse gases. London is next. Spending $1 billion a year to double the capacity of data centers by 2010 without increasing their power consumption."
We were interested in the winners in the different industry sectors. For example, according to this guide, Coca-Cola is the greenest big food and beverage company, having "created a subsidiary dedicated to recycling beverage containers, with the goal of recycling 100% of bottles and other materials used to package its beverages"?
Read about all the winners here. Were you surprised to see who took the top spot?
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