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    Most sustainable companies

    Blaming huge corporations for denying climate science and contributing to pollution is a common thread in the discourse around climate change, from studies on carbon emissions to the Exxon Knew campaign.  While many top companies continue to extract and emit fossil fuels at high rates, however, others are working to counteract the rising tide of climate change through programs that emphasize clean energy.  In fact, nearly half of all Fortune 500 companies and two-thirds of Fortune 100 companies have set renewable energy goals and are committing to use wind, solar, or other forms of clean energy instead of fossil fuels.

    But which companies are making the biggest strides towards environmental protection?  A recent report from Corporate Knights answers that question through a rigorous ranking system that has determined the 100 most sustainable corporations.  The list consists of publicly-listed companies from all industries and locations with gross revenues of over $1 billion, all of which were screened for sustainability disclosure practices and financial health.  Rankings were based on several factors, most prominently including KPI (Key Performance Indicator) metrics generated from ratios of a company’s revenue to different types of emissions, financial and employee management, and “clean revenue,” or percentage of a company’s total revenue determined “clean” by national bureaus such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  All information used in the rankings was taken from publicly disclosed data, then verified for companies on the top 100 list.  The higher the final ranking, the more sustainable the company.

    Click through the slideshow to find out which global corporations are doing the most to utilize renewable energy and work against climate change, as well as details about how each corporation is working towards its sustainability goals.

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    #100: City Developments

    Overall Score: 54.10%
    Country: Singapore
    Industry: Real Estate Management & Development

     

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    #99: Derwent London

    Overall Score: 54.30%
    Country: United Kingdom
    Industry: Equity Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)

     

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    #98: CapitaLand

    Overall Score: 55.10%
    Country: Singapore
    Industry: Real Estate Management & Development

     

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    #97: SSE

    Overall Score: 56.80%
    Country: United Kingdom
    Industry: Electric Utilities

     

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    #96: Vestas Wind Systems

    Overall Score: 58.30%
    Country: Denmark
    Industry: Electrical Equipment

     

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    #95: Umicore

    Overall Score: 59.20%
    Country: Belgium
    Industry: Chemicals

     

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    #94: Suez

    Overall Score: 59.30%
    Country: France
    Industry: Multi-Utilities

     

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    #93: Posco

    Overall Score: 59.50%
    Country: South Korea
    Industry: Metals & Mining

     

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    #92: Johnson & Johnson

    Overall Score: 59.60%
    Country: United States
    Industry: Pharmaceuticals

     

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    #91: Syngenta

    Overall Score: 59.70%
    Country: Switzerland
    Industry: Chemicals

     

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    #90: Renault

    Overall Score: 59.70%
    Country: France
    Industry: Automobiles

     

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    #89: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

    Overall Score: 60.00%
    Country: Canada
    Industry: Banks

     

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    #88: Wartsila

    Overall Score: 60.10%
    Country: Finland
    Industry: Machinery

     

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    #87: Orkla

    Overall Score: 60.40%
    Country: Norway
    Industry: Food Products

     

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    #86: Nordea Bank

    Overall Score: 60.50%
    Country: Sweden
    Industry: Banks

     

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    #85: AXA

    Overall Score: 60.60%
    Country: France
    Industry: Insurance

     

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    #84: L'Oreal

    Overall Score: 60.70%
    Country: France
    Industry: Personal Products

     

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    #83: Akzo Nobel

    Overall Score: 60.70%
    Country: Netherlands
    Industry: Chemicals

     

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    #82: Verbund

    Overall Score: 60.90%
    Country: Austria
    Industry: Electric Utilities

     

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    #81: General Electric

    Overall Score: 60.90%
    Country: United States
    Industry: Industrial Conglomerates

     

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    #80: National Australia Bank

    Overall Score: 61.30%
    Country: Australia
    Industry: Banks

     

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    #79: Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    Overall Score: 61.50%
    Country: United States
    Industry: Technology Hardware, Storage & Peripherals

     

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    #78: Sun Life Financial

    Overall Score: 61.50%
    Country: Canada
    Industry: Insurance

     

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    #77: HP

    Overall Score: 61.80%
    Country: United States
    Industry: Technology Hardware, Storage & Peripherals

     

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    #76: Banco Santander Brasil

    Overall Score: 61.90%
    Country: Brazil
    Industry: Banks

     

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    #75: MetLife

    Overall Score: 62.00%
    Country: United States
    Industry: Insurance

     

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    #74: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing

    Overall Score: 62.30%
    Country: Taiwan
    Industry: Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment

     

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    #73: Telus

    Overall Score: 62.50%
    Country: Canada
    Industry: Diversified Telecommunication Services

     

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    #72: Lenovo Group

    Overall Score: 62.60%
    Country: China
    Industry: Technology Hardware, Storage & Peripherals

     

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    #71: Allianz

    Overall Score: 62.70%
    Country: Germany
    Industry: Insurance

     

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    #70: Orsted

    Overall Score: 63.00%
    Country: Denmark
    Industry: Electric Utilities

     

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    #69: Texas Instruments

    Overall Score: 63.00%
    Country: United States
    Industry: Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment

     

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    #68: Nissan Motor Co

    Overall Score: 63.10%
    Country: Japan
    Industry: Automobiles

     

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    #67: Coca-Cola European Partners

    Overall Score: 63.20%
    Country: United Kingdom
    Industry: Beverages

     

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    #66: Chr. Hansen

    Overall Score: 63.30%
    Country: Denmark
    Industry: Chemicals

     

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    #65: Sandvik

    Overall Score: 63.40%
    Country: Sweden
    Industry: Machinery

     

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    #64: Novartis

    Overall Score: 63.70%
    Country: Switzerland
    Industry: Pharmaceuticals

     

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    #63: Singapore Telecommunications

    Overall Score: 63.70%
    Country: Singapore
    Industry: Diversified Telecommunication Services

     

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    #62: BT Group

    Overall Score: 64.00%
    Country: United Kingdom
    Industry: Diversified Telecommunication Services

     

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    #61: Diageo

    Overall Score: 64.20%
    Country: United Kingdom
    Industry: Beverages

     

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    #60: Daimler

    Overall Score: 64.20%
    Country: Germany
    Industry: Automobiles

     

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    #59: NVIDIA

    Overall Score: 64.40%
    Country: United States
    Industry: Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment

     

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    #58: Aberdeen Asset Management

    Overall Score: 64.50%
    Country: United Kingdom
    Industry: Capital Markets

     

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    #57: H & M Hennes & Mauritz

    Overall Score: 65.10%
    Country: Sweden
    Industry: Specialty Retail

     

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    #56: Acciona

    Overall Score: 65.60%
    Country: Spain
    Industry: Electric Utilities

     

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    #55: Sekisui Chemical

    Overall Score: 65.60%
    Country: Japan
    Industry: Household Durables

     

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    #54: ING Groep

    Overall Score: 65.90%
    Country: Netherlands
    Industry: Banks

     

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    #53: GlaxoSmithKline

    Overall Score: 66.30%
    Country: United Kingdom
    Industry: Pharmaceuticals

     

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    #52: Engie Brasil Energia

    Overall Score: 66.40%
    Country: Brazil
    Industry: Independent Power & Renewable Electricity Prod.

     

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    #51: Legrand

    Overall Score: 66.50%
    Country: France
    Industry: Electrical Equipment

     

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    #50: Nestle

    Overall Score: 66.60%
    Country: Switzerland
    Industry: Food Products

     

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    #49: Banco do Brasil

    Overall Score: 66.60%
    Country: Brazil
    Industry: Banks

     

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    #48: Ingersoll-Rand

    Overall Score: 66.70%
    Country: United States
    Industry: Machinery

     

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    #47: Kering

    Overall Score: 66.80%
    Country: France
    Industry: Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods

     

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    #46: Shinhan Financial Group

    Overall Score: 67.00%
    Country: South Korea
    Industry: Banks

     

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    #45: Schneider Electric

    Overall Score: 67.00%
    Country: France
    Industry: Electrical Equipment

     

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    #44: Takeda Pharmaceutical

    Overall Score: 67.40%
    Country: Japan
    Industry: Pharmaceuticals

     

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    #43: Applied Materials

    Overall Score: 67.40%
    Country: United States
    Industry: Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment

     

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    #42: Analog Devices

    Overall Score: 67.60%
    Country: United States
    Industry: Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment

     

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    #41: Intesa Sanpaolo

    Overall Score: 68.00%
    Country: Italy
    Industry: Banks

     

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    #40: Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget

    Overall Score: 68.00%
    Country: Sweden
    Industry: Household Products

     

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    #39: ABB

    Overall Score: 68.10%
    Country: Switzerland
    Industry: Electrical Equipment

     

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    #38: Storebrand

    Overall Score: 68.80%
    Country: Norway
    Industry: Insurance

     

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    #37: Eli Lilly

    Overall Score: 69.30%
    Country: United States
    Industry: Pharmaceuticals

     

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    #36: BNP Paribas

    Overall Score: 69.40%
    Country: France
    Industry: Banks

     

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    #35: Nokia

    Overall Score: 69.60%
    Country: Finland
    Industry: Communications Equipment

     

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    #34: AstraZeneca

    Overall Score: 69.70%
    Country: United Kingdom
    Industry: Pharmaceuticals

     

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    #33: bioMerieux

    Overall Score: 69.80%
    Country: France
    Industry: Health Care Equipment & Supplies

     

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    #32: Television Francaise

    Overall Score: 69.90%
    Country: France
    Industry: Media

     

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    #31: Kesko

    Overall Score: 70.20%
    Country: Finland
    Industry: Food & Staples Retailing

     

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    #30: Deutsche Borse

    Overall Score: 70.60%
    Country: Germany
    Industry: Capital Markets

     

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    #29: Halma

    Overall Score: 70.70%
    Country: United Kingdom
    Industry: Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components

     

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    #28: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson

    Overall Score: 70.80%
    Country: Sweden
    Industry: Communications Equipment

     

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    #27: Itron

    Overall Score: 71.10%
    Country: United States
    Industry: Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components

     

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    #26: Intel

    Overall Score: 71.10%
    Country: United States
    Industry: Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment

     

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    #25: Vivendi

    Overall Score: 71.10%
    Country: France
    Industry: Media

     

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    #24: Commonwealth Bank of Australia

    Overall Score: 71.50%
    Country: Australia
    Industry: Banks

     

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    #23: McCormick

    Overall Score: 71.50%
    Country: United States
    Industry: Food Products

     

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    #22: Sanofi SA

    Overall Score: 71.90%
    Country: France
    Industry: Pharmaceuticals

     

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    #21: Honda Motor Co

    Overall Score: 71.90%
    Country: Japan
    Industry: Automobiles

     

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    #20: Allergan

    Overall Score: 72.20%
    Country: United States
    Industry: Pharmaceuticals

     

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    #19: Koninklijke Philips

    Overall Score: 72.50%
    Country: Netherlands
    Industry: Industrial Conglomerates

     

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    #18: Companhia Energetica de Minas Gerais CEMIG

    Overall Score: 73.00%
    Country: Brazil
    Industry: Electric Utilities

     

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    #17: Bayerische Motoren Werke

    Overall Score: 73.20%
    Country: Germany
    Industry: Automobiles

     

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    #16: Amadeus IT Group

    Overall Score: 73.20%
    Country: Spain
    Industry: IT Services

     

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    #15: Pearson

    Overall Score: 73.90%
    Country: United Kingdom
    Industry: Media

     

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    #14: Natura Cosmeticos

    Overall Score: 74.10%
    Country: Brazil
    Industry: Personal Products

     

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    #13: Merck

    Overall Score: 74.30%
    Country: United States
    Industry: Pharmaceuticals

     

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    #12: Enbridge

    Overall Score: 74.90%
    Country: Canada
    Industry: Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels

     

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    #11: Aareal Bank

    Overall Score: 75.40%
    Country: Germany
    Industry: Thrifts & Mortgage Finance

     

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    #10: Samsung SDI

    Overall Score: 75.80%
    Country: South Korea
    Industry: Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components

     

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    #9: Siemens

    Overall Score: 76.70%
    Country: Germany
    Industry: Industrial Conglomerates

     

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    #8: Autodesk

    Overall Score: 76.90%
    Country: United States
    Industry: Software

     

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    #7: Cisco Systems

    Overall Score: 77.00%
    Country: United States
    Industry: Communications Equipment

     

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    #6: Amundi

    Overall Score: 77.80%
    Country: France
    Industry: Capital Markets

     

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    #5: Outotec

    Overall Score: 78.30%
    Country: Finland
    Industry: Construction & Engineering

     

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    #4: Ucb

    Overall Score: 79.50%
    Country: Belgium
    Industry: Pharmaceuticals

     

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    #3: Valeo

    Overall Score: 83.60%
    Country: France
    Industry: Auto Components

     

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    #2: Neste

    Overall Score: 85.20%
    Country: Finland
    Industry: Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels

     

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    #1: Dassault Systemes

    Overall Score: 86.10%
    Country: France
    Industry: Software

     

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