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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.

#100: City Developments
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#100: City Developments

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

 

#99: Derwent London
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#99: Derwent London

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

 

#98: CapitaLand
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#98: CapitaLand

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

 

#97: SSE
5/Scottish & Southern Energy

#97: SSE

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

 

#96: Vestas Wind Systems
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#96: Vestas Wind Systems

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

 

#95: Umicore
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#95: Umicore

Overall Score: 59.20%
Country: Belgium
Industry: Chemicals

 

#94: Suez
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#94: Suez

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

 

#93: Posco
9/Max Pixel

#93: Posco

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

 

#92: Johnson & Johnson
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#92: Johnson & Johnson

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

 

#91: Syngenta
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#91: Syngenta

Overall Score: 59.70%
Country: Switzerland
Industry: Chemicals

 

#90: Renault
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#90: Renault

Overall Score: 59.70%
Country: France
Industry: Automobiles

 

#89: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
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#89: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Overall Score: 60.00%
Country: Canada
Industry: Banks

 

#88: Wartsila
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#88: Wartsila

Overall Score: 60.10%
Country: Finland
Industry: Machinery

 

#87: Orkla
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#87: Orkla

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

 

#86: Nordea Bank
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#86: Nordea Bank

Overall Score: 60.50%
Country: Sweden
Industry: Banks

 

#85: AXA
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#85: AXA

Overall Score: 60.60%
Country: France
Industry: Insurance

 

#84: L'Oreal
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#84: L'Oreal

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

 

#83: Akzo Nobel
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#83: Akzo Nobel

Overall Score: 60.70%
Country: Netherlands
Industry: Chemicals

 

#82: Verbund
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#82: Verbund

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

 

#81: General Electric
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#81: General Electric

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

 

#80: National Australia Bank
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#80: National Australia Bank

Overall Score: 61.30%
Country: Australia
Industry: Banks

 

#79: Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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#79: Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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

 

#78: Sun Life Financial
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#78: Sun Life Financial

Overall Score: 61.50%
Country: Canada
Industry: Insurance

 

#77: HP
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#77: HP

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

 

#76: Banco Santander Brasil
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#76: Banco Santander Brasil

Overall Score: 61.90%
Country: Brazil
Industry: Banks

 

#75: MetLife
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#75: MetLife

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

 

#74: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing
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#74: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing

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

 

#73: Telus
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#73: Telus

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

 

#72: Lenovo Group
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#72: Lenovo Group

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

 

#71: Allianz
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#71: Allianz

Overall Score: 62.70%
Country: Germany
Industry: Insurance

 

#70: Orsted
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#70: Orsted

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

 

#69: Texas Instruments
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#69: Texas Instruments

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

 

#68: Nissan Motor Co
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#68: Nissan Motor Co

Overall Score: 63.10%
Country: Japan
Industry: Automobiles

 

#67: Coca-Cola European Partners
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#67: Coca-Cola European Partners

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

 

#66: Chr. Hansen
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#66: Chr. Hansen

Overall Score: 63.30%
Country: Denmark
Industry: Chemicals

 

#65: Sandvik
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#65: Sandvik

Overall Score: 63.40%
Country: Sweden
Industry: Machinery

 

#64: Novartis
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#64: Novartis

Overall Score: 63.70%
Country: Switzerland
Industry: Pharmaceuticals

 

#63: Singapore Telecommunications
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#63: Singapore Telecommunications

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

 

#62: BT Group
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#62: BT Group

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

 

#61: Diageo
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#61: Diageo

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

 

#60: Daimler
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#60: Daimler

Overall Score: 64.20%
Country: Germany
Industry: Automobiles

 

#59: NVIDIA
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#59: NVIDIA

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

 

#58: Aberdeen Asset Management
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#58: Aberdeen Asset Management

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

 

#57: H & M Hennes & Mauritz
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#57: H & M Hennes & Mauritz

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

 

#56: Acciona
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#56: Acciona

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

 

#55: Sekisui Chemical
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#55: Sekisui Chemical

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

 

#54: ING Groep
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#54: ING Groep

Overall Score: 65.90%
Country: Netherlands
Industry: Banks

 

#53: GlaxoSmithKline
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#53: GlaxoSmithKline

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

 

#52: Engie Brasil Energia
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#52: Engie Brasil Energia

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

 

#51: Legrand
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#51: Legrand

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

 

#50: Nestle
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#50: Nestle

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

 

#49: Banco do Brasil
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#49: Banco do Brasil

Overall Score: 66.60%
Country: Brazil
Industry: Banks

 

#48: Ingersoll-Rand
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#48: Ingersoll-Rand

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

 

#47: Kering
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#47: Kering

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

 

#46: Shinhan Financial Group
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#46: Shinhan Financial Group

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

 

#45: Schneider Electric
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#45: Schneider Electric

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

 

#44: Takeda Pharmaceutical
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#44: Takeda Pharmaceutical

Overall Score: 67.40%
Country: Japan
Industry: Pharmaceuticals

 

#43: Applied Materials
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#43: Applied Materials

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

 

#42: Analog Devices
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#42: Analog Devices

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

 

#41: Intesa Sanpaolo
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#41: Intesa Sanpaolo

Overall Score: 68.00%
Country: Italy
Industry: Banks

 

#40: Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget
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#40: Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget

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

 

#39: ABB
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#39: ABB

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

 

#38: Storebrand
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#38: Storebrand

Overall Score: 68.80%
Country: Norway
Industry: Insurance

 

#37: Eli Lilly
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#37: Eli Lilly

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

 

#36: BNP Paribas
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#36: BNP Paribas

Overall Score: 69.40%
Country: France
Industry: Banks

 

#35: Nokia
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#35: Nokia

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

 

#34: AstraZeneca
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#34: AstraZeneca

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

 

#33: bioMerieux
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#33: bioMerieux

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

 

#32: Television Francaise
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#32: Television Francaise

Overall Score: 69.90%
Country: France
Industry: Media

 

#31: Kesko
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#31: Kesko

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

 

#30: Deutsche Borse
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#30: Deutsche Borse

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

 

#29: Halma
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#29: Halma

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

 

#28: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson
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#28: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson

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

 

#27: Itron
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#27: Itron

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

 

#26: Intel
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#26: Intel

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

 

#25: Vivendi
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#25: Vivendi

Overall Score: 71.10%
Country: France
Industry: Media

 

#24: Commonwealth Bank of Australia
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#24: Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Overall Score: 71.50%
Country: Australia
Industry: Banks

 

#23: McCormick
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#23: McCormick

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

 

#22: Sanofi SA
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#22: Sanofi SA

Overall Score: 71.90%
Country: France
Industry: Pharmaceuticals

 

#21: Honda Motor Co
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#21: Honda Motor Co

Overall Score: 71.90%
Country: Japan
Industry: Automobiles

 

#20: Allergan
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#20: Allergan

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

 

#19: Koninklijke Philips
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#19: Koninklijke Philips

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

 

#18: Companhia Energetica de Minas Gerais CEMIG
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#18: Companhia Energetica de Minas Gerais CEMIG

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

 

#17: Bayerische Motoren Werke
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#17: Bayerische Motoren Werke

Overall Score: 73.20%
Country: Germany
Industry: Automobiles

 

#16: Amadeus IT Group
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#16: Amadeus IT Group

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

 

#15: Pearson
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#15: Pearson

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

 

#14: Natura Cosmeticos
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#14: Natura Cosmeticos

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

 

#13: Merck
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#13: Merck

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

 

#12: Enbridge
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#12: Enbridge

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

 

#11: Aareal Bank
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#11: Aareal Bank

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

 

#10: Samsung SDI
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#10: Samsung SDI

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

 

#9: Siemens
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#9: Siemens

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

 

#8: Autodesk
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#8: Autodesk

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

 

#7: Cisco Systems
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#7: Cisco Systems

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

 

#6: Amundi
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#6: Amundi

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

 

#5: Outotec
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#5: Outotec

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

 

#4: Ucb
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#4: Ucb

Overall Score: 79.50%
Country: Belgium
Industry: Pharmaceuticals

 

#3: Valeo
99/Grzegorz Czapski // Shutterstock

#3: Valeo

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

 

#2: Neste
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#2: Neste

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

 

#1: Dassault Systemes
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#1: Dassault Systemes

Overall Score: 86.10%
Country: France
Industry: Software

 

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