Nike Still Leads Climate Counts, but HP and Unilever Edge Closer

Nike Still Leads Climate Counts, but HP and Unilever Edge Closer

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The increasing work that companies are putting into climate efforts is reflected in the latest Climate Counts scorecard, with the average score of 90 major companies increasing by 14 percent.

Nike continues to lead the pack for the third year in a row, with 87 out of a possible 100 points, but just like in 2009, there are some companies that have leaped forward in the past year.

Climate Counts scores the largest consumer-facing companies, revenue-wise, from a variety of sectors, based on what they've done to measure and reduce their emissions, what actions they've taken on climate legislation and how they communicate their work. Scores for a few sectors not included in this annual update were released earlier this year.

The number of companies earning 75 or more points more than doubled from five last year to 11 this year, and while 45 companies had 50 or more points last year, there are now 50 companies in that "striding" category, adding a few more companies to Climate Counts' "Striding Shopper campaign," which is urging people to purchase goods from "striding" companies.

The number of "starting" companies, those with 13-49 points, remained at 31, while the number of "stuck" companies shrunk from 14 to nine.

Five companies saw their scores jump by 20 or more points, with PNC Financial Service going up by 40, Capital One up 32, Clorox up 30, CBS up 26 and Alaska Air up 24.

With more companies moving up in their scores, the top of the heap is getting crowded with multiple ties. The top 10 scores have been claimed by:

  1. Nike — 87
  2. HP — 85
  3. Stonyfield Farm and Unilever — 83
  4. IBM — 79
  5. General Electric  — 78
  6. L'Oreal, Nokia, Siemens, Sony and UPS — 76
  7. Deutsche Post/DHL WorldNet, Motorola and Toshiba — 74
  8. Group Danone — 73
  9. Bank of America and Canon — 71
  10. Dell — 70

On the other side, eight companies' score went down, mainly in the bank and airlines sectors, with Yahoo taking the biggest drop of eight points. An additional nine companies' scores didn't move at all.

Climate Counts made a new addition to this year's scorecard in highlighting the 21 companies that scored highly on the policy section, based on their support of climate change-related legislation.

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