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15 large American companies that have the best environmental policies

15. Xylem, a water technology company, issued a public statement of commitment to the principles of the Paris Climate Accord in 2017.

15. Xylem, a water technology company, issued a public statement of commitment to the principles of the Paris Climate Accord in 2017.

The company has 250 full- and part-time staff working at the site to implement sustainability practices.

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14. First Solar displaces 89% to 98% of greenhouse gas emissions using thin-film PV technology.

14. First Solar displaces 89% to 98% of greenhouse gas emissions using thin-film PV technology.
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13. Cummins, an engine producer, has decreased water usage by 10 million gallons since initiating its water-reduction strategy in 2014.

13. Cummins, an engine producer, has decreased water usage by 10 million gallons since initiating its water-reduction strategy in 2014.

Cummins also recycled approximately 90% of its solid waste in 2017.

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12. PVH Corp uses recyclable products for about 70% of its packaging.

12. PVH Corp uses recyclable products for about 70% of its packaging.

PVH recycled 10,000 metric tons of its solid waste in 2017, or 90.5% of total solid waste it generated.

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11. S&P Global scored highly for disclosure around its carbon and climate management practices.

11. S&P Global scored highly for disclosure around its carbon and climate management practices.

S&P Global recycled or composted approximately 84% of its solid waste in 2017.

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10. Intel announced it would restore 100% of its global water use by 2025.

10. Intel announced it would restore 100% of its global water use by 2025.

The company has tied a portion of each employee's compensation to environmental sustainability since 2008.

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9. IBM purchased 779,000 megawatt hours of renewable electricity in 2017.

9. IBM purchased 779,000 megawatt hours of renewable electricity in 2017.
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8. Adobe has vowed to operate with 100% renewable energy by 2035.

8. Adobe has vowed to operate with 100% renewable energy by 2035.
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7. Goldman Sachs aims to divert 100% of business waste from landfills by 2020.

7. Goldman Sachs aims to divert 100% of business waste from landfills by 2020.
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6. Xerox is a founding member of an international coalition dedicated to creating waste-free products in waste-free facilities.

6. Xerox is a founding member of an international coalition dedicated to creating waste-free products in waste-free facilities.

Xerox produced below average greenhouse gas emissions per dollar of revenue, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 28% in 2016.

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5. Apple recycled approximately 38,000 metric tons of its solid waste in 2017.

5. Apple recycled approximately 38,000 metric tons of its solid waste in 2017.

22 of Apple's supplier facilities — including all iPhone assembly sites — were certified as Zero Waste in 2017.

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4. Accenture diverted over 99% of its electronic waste from landfills in 2017.

4. Accenture diverted over 99% of its electronic waste from landfills in 2017.

The company also reduced each employee's carbon emissions from air travel by about 4% in fiscal year 2017.

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3. Bank of New York Mellon diverted nearly 73% of its solid waste from landfills in 2017.

3. Bank of New York Mellon diverted nearly 73% of its solid waste from landfills in 2017.

The bank reused or recycled 35,682 technology devices and recycled 3,088 printers.

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2. Biogen aims to reduce greenhouse gas intensity of operations by 80% in 2020.

2. Biogen aims to reduce greenhouse gas intensity of operations by 80% in 2020.

Biogen, a pharmaceutical company, recycled 5,594 metric tons of solid waste in 2017.

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1. Microsoft recycles over 26.5 million pounds of unused tech equipment (known as "e-waste") annually.

1. Microsoft recycles over 26.5 million pounds of unused tech equipment (known as "e-waste") annually.

The company also signed the largest US solar purchase last year after it agreed to buy renewable energy from a 315 megawatt solar project in Virginia.

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