More Awards, More Lists Recognize CSR and Sustainability Leadership

Nov 9, 2015 5:15 PM ET

More Awards, More Lists Recognize CSR and Sustainability Leadership

More awards and more ratings of companies engaged in CSR and sustainability practices are being released. CDP has named 113 companies to its A-list of those addressing climate change, including Unilever, Microsoft, Samsung, Citigroup, Apple, Google, BMW, Nissan, L’Oreal, and Nestlé. And the EPA has honored 22 Green Power Partners and three renewable energy suppliers, including H&M, TD Bank, Microsoft, GM, Intel, Kohl’s, Kaiser Permanente, Apple, and Northwestern University.

I’m John Howell for 3BL Media.

You might ask, what’s the purpose of so many lists, rankings, ratings, and awards, each with its own methodology, context, and agenda? One short answer is that they grab readers’ attention in this ADD age by providing a quick overview of who’s doing what. A deeper answer is that we need to know which companies can be vouched for as doing good, as evaluated by the many credible organizations who do the hard research work to find out. When the same brands show up repeatedly in different lists, ratings, rankings, and awards, you can bet they’re doing something worthy.

It seems worthwhile to draw all possible attention to the best efforts of the business leaders in CSR and sustainability. 

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