Unilever tops Climate Counts Company Scorecard
Unilever has topped this year’s Climate Counts Company Scorecard, a global league table which rates businesses on their environmental initiatives.
Top performer in sustainability ranking
This is the first time Unilever has led the poll, tipping Nike from the top spot – a position it has held for the past three years.
"Unilever is delighted to have emerged as the top performer in the Climate Counts company ranking for 2011,” said Gavin Neath, Senior Vice President, Sustainability.
"The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan forms the basis of our sustainable growth model, and commits us to reducing dramatically the water, waste and greenhouse gases generated by our factories, halving the overall environmental impact of our products.
"We are making solid progress towards these goals, and attaining the standard of excellence set by Climate Counts is an important indication of how we rate with respect to our peers."
Identifying opportunities to reduce emissions
Climate Change Project Director Mike Bellamente added: "We’re witnessing a remarkable shift across the corporate community. As risks associated with climate change continue to grow, sustainability has gone from being a buzz word to a concept embraced at the highest levels of business."
The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan was hailed by Climate Counts for enabling Unilever to identify every opportunity to increase efficiency and reduce emissions.
Climate Counts scores the largest companies (by revenue) in 16 industry sectors on their actions to address climate change. Companies are rated on a 0-to-100 point scale. Unilever was awarded 88 points, an increase of five points on its 2010 score.
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