ITI members received high marks on the latest environmental measure of publicly traded companies, holding six of the top ten slots on the ranking of the greenest U.S. companies, according to Newsweek’s fourth annual Green Company Rankings list that came out on Monday. IBM topped the U.S. chart for the second year in a row, and also ranked number 4 among 500 global companies. Among U.S. companies, HP, Dell, CA Technologies, Intel, and Accenture earned spots on the top ten chart.
ITI members also did well when stacked up against companies around the world - IBM, SAP, Nokia, and Fujitsu made the top 20 global list of green companies, and held 15 of the top 100 spots on that list.
Why does this matter? The high-tech sector constantly strives to improve the energy efficiency and environmental performance of our products and services, and these advances help other sectors as well. It is widely recognized that ICT products and services contribute to solutions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase efficiencies, and promote innovation across the global economy.
Below is a snapshot of what the top-ranked companies are doing to reduce their own environmental impact and that of other sectors around the world:
IBM – The Newsweek report highlights how IBM’s “Smarter Planet” products help clients reduce resource consumption and how one IBM facility uses water that cools a supercomputer to heat other buildings.
HP – HP’s efforts to lower overall emissions and green its supply chain received commendation in the Newsweek report.
Dell – About 98 percent of Dell’s non-hazardous by-products are reused or recycled, making the company recognized for “almost zero waste.”
CA – About 30 percent of CA’s workforce teleworks, cutting back on pollution from commuting. CA also has in place an ambitious plan to increase use of electricity from renewable sources – to 25 percent by 2015.
Intel – Intel moved up on the chart this year, in large part for its continued commitment to purchasing green power and its reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Accenture – Holding virtual conferences and avoiding non-essential travel has allowed Accenture to reduce its employees’ carbon footprint by 30 percent from 2007 to 2012.
Nearly 40 ITI members (out of 49) found a place on the global and/or U.S. lists:
Accenture, Adobe, Agilent, AMD, Apple, Applied Materials, Autodesk, Broadcom, CA Technologies, Canon, Cisco, Cognizant, Corning, Dell, eBay, EMC, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Google, HP, IBM, Intel, Intuit, Micron, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions, NCR, Nokia, Oracle, Panasonic, Qualcomm, Ricoh, SAP, Schneider Electric, Sony, Symantec, Teradata, TI, and VMware. Many have moved their way up the ranks from last year, including Schneider Electric, climbing 71 spots from 2011.
The Newsweek ranking is based on three measurements of 500 publicly traded companies in the United States and 500 publicly traded global companies:
1) Environmental impact of their global operations;
2) Overall environmental management, including of products and services; and
3) Disclosure of environmental information.