Corporate Climate Change Scorecard
12 December 2012 at 9:38 am
A Not for Profit ‘ranking’ organisation has released its scorecard of 145 corporate responses to climate change, with global personal care products company, Unilever taking out the top honour followed closely by some of the world’s major technology and electronics companies.
The scorecard was published by Climate Counts, an American Not for Profit organisation launched in 2007 by Stonyfield Farm and operating out of the University of New Hampshire.
145 companies across 16 industry sectors were rated using a 22-criteria scoring methodology on a scale of 0 to 100 on the company’s initiatives to reduce global warming. The higher the score, the greater the company’s commitment to climate leadership.
Climate Counts says Unilever earned the top spot on the scorecard for the second year in a row with an unprecedented score of 91 (out of 100 points).
“Unilever continues to demonstrate exceptional leadership on their Sustainable Living journey to double the size of their business while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by half by 2020,” Climate Counts Director Mike Bellamente said.
“The Climate Counts scorecard offers consumers a tool for making informed purchasing and investing decisions based on how well major name brands are addressing climate change.”
“As the economy shows limited signs of improvement, top performers on our scorecard are demonstrating that economic prosperity and environmental sustainability can be achieved simultaneously.
“We would call that a win-win if it weren’t for the great distance we still have to go in squaring up human consumption with the true carrying capacity of our planet.”
B-Corp global ice cream retailer, Ben & Jerry’s was just outside the top ten corporations with a score of 81 out of 100 along with some of the world’s major electronic companies such as LG Electronics (83), Nokia (83) General Electric (80) and Toshiba (80). Microsoft came in with a score of 74.
The average score across all sectors was 52.1% up from 48.6% in 2011.