Biogen, Allergen, J&J, Adobe, Ecolab, GE, Agilent, Intel, Cisco Rank Among Most Sustainable Companies

Biogen, Allergen, J&J, Adobe, Ecolab, GE, Agilent, Intel, Cisco Rank Among Most Sustainable Companies

by Vikas Vij
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Monday, January 26, 2015 - 4:00pm



Favorable trends in corporate sustainability are transforming the world and creating a significant impact on the companies’ top and bottom lines. Global challenges such as climate change, resource scarcity and demographic shifts are creating new opportunities and risks that businesses must address today to stay competitive tomorrow.

Toronto-based media organization Corporate Knights has released its 2015 Global 100 report, which identifies companies around the world that are utilizing resources in a sustainable manner and optimizing employee performance. Companies are assessed across 12 “key performance indicators” (KPIs) and the data-driven rankings are released annually at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.

Corporate Knights looks at a company’s resource utilization in terms of its energy use, emissions, water use, and waste generated. Financial sustainability is determined by taking into account factors such as the ratio of CEO compensation to the average employee’s compensation. Employee management sustainability is evaluated on the basis of factors such as fatalities or lost time, employee turnover, diversity in leadership positions, and female representation on the board and in management.

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Vikas is a staff writer for the Sustainable Development news and editorial section on Justmeans. He is an MBA with 20 years of managerial and entrepreneurial experience and global travel. He is the author of "The Power of Money" (Scholars, 2003), a book that presents a revolutionary monetary economic theory on poverty alleviation in the developing world. Vikas is also the official writer for an international social project for developing nations "Decisions for Life" run in collaboration between the ILO, the University of Amsterdam and the Indian Institute of Management.