Transparent Lives

Business’s Green Scorecard Improves




Climate Counts’ second annual Company Scorecard reports an average 22 percent improvement over last year in major consumer companies’ efforts to cut greenhouse gases. Rankings for the 56 companies, scored in eight sectors ranging from fast food to apparel to electronics, are posted at ClimateCounts.org, where citizens can email a thank-you and urge laggards on.

“The time for companies to just say ‘trust us, we’re good on climate’ has passed,” says Wood Turner, Climate Counts project director. “Consumers want to see the proof behind the green claims. They want to know it’s not just marketing talk, but real, substantive action.”

Based on 22 criteria, Google, Anheuser-Busch and Levi Strauss delivered the goods this year, each jumping more than 20 points. Food services proved the most disappointing, accounting for four of the five companies earning one or zero points: Burger King, Wendy’s, Darden Restaurants (owner of Red Lobster and Olive Garden) and Yum! Brands (parent to Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC). Jones Apparel Group also hit bottom.

Consumers can download a pocket-sized shopping guide at ClimateCounts.org. Access individual company info on the road when eating out and shopping, by texting “cc [insert company name]” to 30644 from a cell phone.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Migrating Trees

Three-quarters of American tree species have shifted to the West since 1980 due to dryer conditions in the East and changing rainfall patterns.

Plutonium Problem

To safely dispose of 56 million gallons of nuclear waste dating back to the Second World War, the Department of Energy might replace a glass-log encasement plan with a cement option.

Bat Banter

Computer algorithms helped Israeli researchers decode the language of Egyptian fruit bats and discover that bats exchange information about specific problems.

Tuna Turnaround

Levels of toxic mercury in Atlantic Bluefin tuna declined 19 percent between 2004 and 2012, a drop that scientists attribute to a shift from coal to natural gas and renewable energy.

Buzzing RoboBees

Harvard researchers have invented tiny robotic bees that may be able to eventually pollinate the crops that are under threat because of vanishing bee colonies.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags