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Study: Leading CSR Rankings Lack Consistency, Transparency

Study: Leading CSR Rankings Lack Consistency, Transparency

Although it may sound impressive, getting included in a well-known list of the most sustainable corporations in the world might not actually mean that much. An analysis in the current issue of The CPA Journal asks whether sustainability rankings are consistent across three leading publications that rank them. According to … Read more »

RWE, Vattenfall Emit Most CO2 in EU System

RWE, Vattenfall Emit Most CO2 in EU System

RWE, Vattenfall and E.On have topped Carbon Data’s rankings of the most carbon-intensive companies in the European Union’s emissions trading scheme, same as last year. Steel manufacturers ArcelorMittal and Tata Steel and cement maker LaFarge were the three companies with the most freely allocated surplus EU carbon allowance for 2012. RWE … Read more »

Corporates ‘Ineffective’ at Sustainability, Experts Say

Corporates ‘Ineffective’ at Sustainability, Experts Say

Only 17 percent of sustainability experts rate the performance of corporate leaders in addressing the sustainability agenda as effective, down from 24 percent last year, according to a report by SustainAbility and GlobeScan. The survey of 825 sustainability experts across corporate, government, NGO, academic, research, and service organizations in 76 … Read more »

Environmental Management, Financial Performance Go Hand in Hand

Newsweek’s Green Rankings in November compared the environmental footprints, management and reporting of the 500 largest US companies, and our analysis shows that the “greenest” companies are on the gravy train. Findings suggest that financial performance and environmental management go hand in hand most in the four sectors shown in … Read more »

Mitsubishi Ends Honda’s 8-Year Reign on Green Car List

The Mitsubishi i-MIEV has unseated the Honda Civic Natural Gas from its throne and become the first electric car in 12 years to top environmental rankings from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. This is the first time in eight years that the Civic Natural Gas hasn’t topped the … Read more »

Google Jumps to 1st Place in Cool IT Climate Rankings

Google has secured the top spot in Greenpeace’s Cool IT Leaderboard, with 53 points, up from 47 points and fourth place in the rankings’ last edition. The search giant is followed by Cisco – down from 1st place – and a tie between Ericsson and Fujitsu. Oracle continues to bring … Read more »

Tool to Ease Colleges’ Reporting for Sustainability Rankings

Starting this Wednesday, colleges and universities will have a single portal for reporting their data to some of the biggest sustainability rankings in education. The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education is launching the free Campus Sustainability Data Collector to collect information for The Princeton Review Green … Read more »

D.C. Tops LEED Certification List for Second Year

Colorado and Illinois have pushed out New Mexico and Nevada in the U.S. Green Building Council’s annual ranking of states by certified LEED space per capita, while Washington, D.C. continues to leave all states behind in its wake. The capital city had 18.9 million square feet earn LEED certification in … Read more »

Most Climate-Responsible Companies Revealed; Scores up 54% in 4 Years

Most Climate-Responsible Companies Revealed; Scores up 54% in 4 Years

Unilever has bumped Nike from its perch as the top company for climate responsibility, in the Climate Counts 2011 review. After holding the top spot for three years, Nike falls to fourth in the rankings, which also show that average Climate Count scores have improved 54 percent since 2007, with … Read more »

Don’t Let the Raters and Rankers Define Your Sustainability Strategy

The proliferation of sustainability rating and ranking schemes over the last decade has impacted how global companies approach sustainability — generating both competition for recognition and scrutiny of their value and credibility (not to mention a lot of work for corporate EHS, sustainability and communications staff!). Now that the dust … Read more »

40% of Firms Failing to Tackle Energy Efficiency, UK Says

40% of Firms Failing to Tackle Energy Efficiency, UK Says

More than 40 percent of companies ranked on their energy efficiency actions by the U.K. government failed to score a single point, it emerged yesterday. The Environment Agency’s Performance League Table ranks participants in the Carbon Reduction Commitment program, under which companies of a certain size have to purchase allowances … Read more »

BASF, Baxter Lead Inaugural Carbon Rankings

BASF, Baxter Lead Inaugural Carbon Rankings

BASF has topped carbon rankings of the world’s largest 1,270 companies, as the only one to disclose complete scope 3 emissions data, according to the Environmental Tracker from the Environmental Investment Organisation. The EIO today issued its first global rankings and first regional rankings for North America, Asia-Pacific and BRIC … Read more »