Environmental Research Digest – December 2012
Climate Counts scored the largest 145 companies by revenue, in 16 industry sectors, on their actions to address climate change. The companies were assessed on a 100-point scale based on 22 criteria, which measure efforts to assess climate footprints, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, support progress on climate legislation, and communicate efforts clearly and comprehensively to consumers.
- Firms are getting more environmentally friendly, in terms of their commitment to fighting global warming.
- The average score of companies in the report has increased for the fifth year running.
- This year, the average score of companies in the report increased to 52.1 out of a maximum score of 100, up from 48.6 in last year’s report and 30.6 in 2007.
- Sixty-six percent of the companies had developed public climate and energy strategies, compared to 25 per cent in 2007.
- Five of the top six companies rated by Climate Counts—Unilever, Nike, UPS, Levi Strauss and L’Oreal—exhibited year-on-year revenue growth from 2010 to 2011 while reducing absolute emissions.
- eBay, Clorox and Levi Strauss were identified as the top three companies demonstrating what the report described as “noticeable progress”. Siemens, Avon, and Molson Coors Brewing Company were also included in the “most improved” group.
- Alongside the toys, children’s products and fast food industries, Amazon, Viacom and Wendy’s were among the worst performers.
- In the Internet/software category, Apple landed just two points behind Google, which was the top-ranked company in that sector with a score of 64. At the other end of the spectrum, prominent online professional network LinkedIn received a score of zero in the Internet/social media category.