100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World

Posted by Edmund Lee on Mar 18, 2015 2:27:04 PM

The results for the 2015 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World index are in and were proud to announce that CoVest members have made the list! 


Toronto-based media company Corporate Knights has released their ranking of the world’s most sustainable companies for the year of 2015. The corporations on the list have undergone an intricate process that examines companies from around the world and determines which organizations are making careful use of resources, getting the most out of their capital and maximizing employee performance. 

When considering resources, Corporate Knights observes:

  • Energy use
  • Emissions
  • Water use
  • Waste generated

The factors to measure financial sustainability are:

  • Revenue
  • The ratio of CEO compensation to the average employee’s compensation

When determining a company’s employee management practices, Corporate Knights turns to:

  • Reports of fatalities or lost time
  • Turnover
  • Diversity in leadership
  • Female representation on the board and in management

It is no easy task to be included in the world's 100 most sustainable corporations. There is no single, universally accepted definition of 'corporate sustainability", so Corporate Knights developed several criteria to dwindle down the competition. To even make the shortlist, corporations need to pass four qualifiers; these screens include, sustainability disclosure, F-Score, product category, and sanctions. The shortlist is then evaluated across 12 key performance indicators (KPI): 

  • Energy productivity
  • Carbon productivity
  • Water productivity
  • Waste productivity
  • Innovation capacity
  • Percentage tax paid
  • CEO to average worker pay
  • Pension fund status
  • Safety performance
  • Employee turnover
  • Leadership diversity
  • and Clean capitalism pay link

With so many requirements to meet, it's exciting to see that the U.S. claims the greatest percentage of the list, with 20 companies in a variety of industries. Of those companies, CoVest members make up 5 with one getting over 60% in an overall score. 

CoVest members are able to make the top 100 sustainable corporations list because, just like Corporate Knights, we have an intricate process to determine whether a company will be a CoVest member. Our current members consist of Fortune 1000 members and similar private and global companies. CoVest typical member revenue ranges between $5 billion - $15 billion. Because CoVest utilizes the aggregate spending power of its members to create leveraged agreements with industry leading suppliers across a vast array of indirect categories, it's important to ensure our members meet a certain criteria.

If you're interested in which CoVest members made the list, give us a call at (216) 325-5115 or if you're more enticed to find out more about our membership process, click here!

Image provided by Flickr user: Brian J. Matis

For the entire Top 100 list and an indepth look at the scoring

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