Oh goody, it's list time! This one is somewhat of a role model ranking of The Global 100: Most Sustainable Corporations inthe world, published by Corporate Knights magazine and Innovest Strategic Value Advisors. It was actually released at the World Economic Forum last week, but I don't get to go such a swank gathering, so I'm only just now hearing about it.
This list is essentially one that looks at total sustainability, examining more than 80 different metrics that have to do with environmental, social responsibility and governance. The companies come from Innovest's Intangible Value Assessment service. The United States did well with 20 companies, which was up four from last year. The United Kingdom had the next most representatives (although the number slipped), followed by Japan.
I'm going to randomly pluck the names of some companies on the list that deserve some props. You've got both of the microprocessor powerhouses: Advanced Micro Devices and Intel. Dell and Hewlett-Packard show up but not, oddly enoughly, IBM. German software giant SAP made it, but not Microsoft. Nokia, but not Motorola. Panasonic, but not Sony. Three others worth noting: e-commerce titan Amazon, imaging innovator Eastman Kodak and alternative energy risk-taker/investor PG&E.