WASHINGTON Canon Electronics Inc., athletic
gear leader Nike Inc. and food and consumer goods giant
Unilever Plc topped a list rating climate-friendly companies
released on Tuesday.
There was a cluster at the bottom of the list of 56
companies. Six tied for last, with a score of zero on a
100-point scale -- Jones Apparel Group Inc., CBS Corp., Burger
King Holdings Inc., Darden Restaurants Inc., Wendy's
International Inc. and Amazon.com.
Even for those at the top, there was room for improvement
on the Climate Counts scorecard, put together by a nonprofit
group organized by the New England-based environmental entity
Clean Air-Cool Planet and Stonyfield Farm, a U.S. organic
yogurt maker that placed sixth on the list, with 63.
"It's not enough to recycle paper and change lightbulbs,"
said Gary Hirshberg, Stonyfield Farm's chief and chair of
Climate Counts. "We need to significantly reduce our carbon
footprint ... Nobody deserves, or for that matter is getting,
Stonyfield offsets 100 percent of its carbon emissions from
manufacturing, Hirshberg said, but it needs to do more with
renewable energy to cut the greenhouse gases that spur global
The survey ranked the 56 companies chosen for their popular
household use among mainstream consumers in North America and
Britain, and for leading their respective sectors, from
electronics to fast food.
Companies in the electronics/computer sector did well in
addressing climate change compared with media and Internet
companies, the survey found, with six of the 12 studied scoring
Besides Canon, these were International Business Machines
Corp., Toshiba Corp., Motorola Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. and
Sony Corp.. Dell Inc., Hitachi Ltd., Siemens, Samsung Corp.
were all in double digits and Apple Inc. scored only 2.
Food services as a sector was worst in terms of climate
change impact, with none of the six scoring above 50 and three
with a zero rating. Starbucks Corp. ranked highest in this
group, with 46, followed by McDonald's Corp., at 22. Yum Brands
Inc. -- which includes Kentucky Fried Chicken and Taco Bell --
scored a 1.
The rankings were based on 22 criteria that roughly broke
down into four categories: how well a company had reviewed its
global warming impact, how much it had reduced that impact, how
much it supported public policies that encourage this reduction
and whether the company made this information available. The
amount of carbon reduction was weighted most heavily, worth a
possible 56 out of 100 points.
Hirshberg and others on a telephone news conference
announcing the scorecard stressed that this was seen as a
"snapshot" of companies' progress. But it was also supposed to
work for consumers who want to make an environmentally sound
To do so, they can check the group's Web site,
climatecounts.org for individual company rankings and the