Today, Newsweek released its environmental rankings of the 500 largest publicly traded companies in America, and internationally as measured by revenue, market capitalization, and number of employees.
The U.S. list included forty-nine tech sector companies. Their rankings were based on criteria including: “[the companies'] actual environmental footprint, management of that footprint (including policies and strategies) and reputation among environmental experts,” according to Newsweek’s methodology statement.
Within the U.S. tech sector, the top ten most environmentally responsible companies were:
3 International Business Machines (IBM)
5 Sprint Nextel
6 Adobe Systems
7 Applied Materials
9 Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
10 Cisco Systems
On the U.S. list, Google ranked 14th in tech and 36th overall, while Apple ranked 20th in tech and 65th overall. Since they scored points for their reputations and environmental policies, Yahoo made a surprisingly strong showing— it had a lower score than companies like Google, Microsoft and Motorola which, according to the researchers, did a better job controlling the size of their actual environmental footprint, and managing their impact on the environment.
The publicly traded company with the lowest rated reputation for environmental responsibility in the U.S. tech sector was Ingram Micro. The company with the weakest environmental policies on the list was NCR. And Corning did the worst job managing its environmental impact of all the companies listed.
The U.S. company with the best reputation for environmental responsibility among experts surveyed was IBM. Dell had the strongest rated environmental policies. Meanwhile, Sprint Nextel best controlled its footprint and managed its impact to the enviornment.
Newsweek’s Global Green Rankings measured the environmental qualities of “the biggest publicly traded companies in developed and emerging world markets,” naming IBM strongest overall and in the tech sector. The tech sector top ten, globally, included:
1 International Business Machines (IBM)
3 Deutsche Telekom
7 Nippon Telegraph & Telephone
9 France Telecom
10 China Mobile
Only 14 tech companies made the Global Green Rankings this year.