Dell, HP, IBM top Newsweek's 2010 Green Rankings

Newsweek has revealed the top U.S. and global green companies, and the technology industry leads the way. Here's a peek.
Written by Andrew Nusca, Contributor on

Some of America's largest technology companies sit atop Newsweek's2010 Green Rankings, which the beleaguered newsweekly announced on Monday.

The publication rearranged the world's 100 largest companies and the top 500 in the U.S. -- it is, after all, an American magazine -- based on a "green score," culled from weighted figures for each corporation's environmental impact, green policies and reputation, as compiled by MSCI ESG Research, Trucost and CorporateRegister.com. (You can read the full methodology here.)

The results? In the U.S., Dell tops the list, with Hewlett-Packard and IBM filling out the top three.

Here are Newsweek's top 20 in America:

  1. Dell
  2. HP
  3. IBM
  4. Johnson & Johnson
  5. Intel
  6. Sprint Nextel
  7. Adobe Systems
  8. Applied Materials
  9. Yahoo!
  10. Nike
  11. Accenture
  12. AMD
  13. Cisco
  14. Johnson Controls
  15. Baxter International
  16. Eaton
  17. Bristol-Meyers Squibb
  18. Office Depot
  19. Allergan
  20. PG&E

That's right: eight of the top 10 companies are technology companies; of the top 20, it's exactly half.

Extending the field to the rest of the world, the rankings are surprisingly similar, with technology companies leading the way, punctuated by pharmaceutical and banking corporations.

Here are Newsweek's top 20 in the world:

  1. IBM
  2. HP
  3. Johnson & Johnson
  4. Sony
  5. GlaxoSmithKline
  6. Novartis
  7. Deutsche Telekom
  8. Panasonic
  9. HSBC
  10. Toshiba
  11. Vodafone
  12. Barclays
  13. Intesa SanPaolo
  14. Nokia
  15. ING
  16. Nippon Telegraph & Telephone
  17. Toyota
  18. Honda
  19. Allianz
  20. Pfizer

For those keeping score at home, tech firms make up four of the top 10 companies and seven of the top 20.

If you're wondering why Newsweek picked these companies, well, you'll have to pony up some serious dough (read: ask your boss) to read the entire report. But be advised that it seems to be fairly comprehensive.

Apparently, more than 700 metrics figure into the Environmental Impact Score, including emissions of nine key greenhouse gases, water use, solid-waste disposal, and emissions that contribute to acid rain and smog.

And five broad categories make up the Green Policies Score: climate-change policies and performance, pollution policies and performance, product impact, environmental stewardship, and management of environmental issues.

Environmental performance, commitment, and communication. Is your company on the list?

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

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