15 large American companies that have the best environmental policies
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- Just Capital released its annual ranking of the best companies for the environment, or those with the most robust sustainability practices.
- Companies like Microsoft, Apple, and Goldman Sachs made major steps to recycle or redirect solid waste from landfills.
- Here are 15 companies with the best environmental practices.
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As the US government drags its feet on climate change legislation, major corporations have stepped up to address the challenge.
Companies like Microsoft, Apple, and Goldman Sachs are making massive strides in recycling or redirecting solid waste from landfills. Apparel company PVH Corp uses recyclable packaging for the majority of its products, and Intel even ties employee compensation to their sustainability practices.
To separate the companies taking bold, industry-redefining steps to limit their environmental footprints, nonprofit Just Capital released its annual ranking of the best companies for the environment. Founded by billionaire investor Paul Tudor Jones, Just Capital analyzes corporate responsibility practices at 1,000 of the largest US companies.
Aside from environmental impact, the survey breaks down a company's employee treatment, ethical leadership, and transparent customer service.
Here are 15 companies with top-notch environmental practices:
15. Xylem, a water technology company, issued a public statement of commitment to the principles of the Paris Climate Accord in 2017.
14. First Solar displaces 89% to 98% of greenhouse gas emissions using thin-film PV technology.
13. Cummins, an engine producer, has decreased water usage by 10 million gallons since initiating its water-reduction strategy in 2014.
12. PVH Corp uses recyclable products for about 70% of its packaging.
11. S&P Global scored highly for disclosure around its carbon and climate management practices.
10. Intel announced it would restore 100% of its global water use by 2025.
9. IBM purchased 779,000 megawatt hours of renewable electricity in 2017.
8. Adobe has vowed to operate with 100% renewable energy by 2035.
7. Goldman Sachs aims to divert 100% of business waste from landfills by 2020.
6. Xerox is a founding member of an international coalition dedicated to creating waste-free products in waste-free facilities.
5. Apple recycled approximately 38,000 metric tons of its solid waste in 2017.
4. Accenture diverted over 99% of its electronic waste from landfills in 2017.
3. Bank of New York Mellon diverted nearly 73% of its solid waste from landfills in 2017.
2. Biogen aims to reduce greenhouse gas intensity of operations by 80% in 2020.
1. Microsoft recycles over 26.5 million pounds of unused tech equipment (known as "e-waste") annually.
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