Sharp, L’Oréal, Staples among world’s greenest companies


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Sharp, L'Oréal, Marriott and Staples are among the familiar names to grace Newsweek’s 2012 list of the world’s greenest companies.

Among the top 10 companies featured on the global list, only one U.S. company (IBM) made it on the top 10 list. Meanwhile, Brazil, Germany and the United Kingdom are leading the way with two companies apiece in the top 10. In terms of industry, financial companies took four of the top 10 spots.


The top 10 greenest global companies:

  1. Santander (financials)
  2. Wipro (information technology and services)
  3. Bradesco (financials)
  4. IBM (information technology and services)
  5. National Australia Bank (financials)
  6. BT Group (telecommunications)
  7. Munich Re (financials)
  8. SAP (information technology and services)
  9. KPN (telecommunications)
  10. Marks & Spencer Group


What about the companies that most of us associate with every day? Below are the top five greenest companies in four key industries. Did your favorite companies make the cut?


Consumer goods

  1. Sharp
  2. Panasonic
  3. Sony
  4. Kimberly-Clark
  5. L’Oréal


Hotels and restaurants

  1. Starbucks
  2. Las Vegas Sands
  3. Marriott International
  4. Sodexo
  5. Yum! Brands



  1. Marks & Spencer Group
  2. Staples
  3. PPR
  4. Kingfisher
  5. Best Buy


Textiles, apparel and luxury goods

  1. Inditex
  2. H&M
  3. Adidas
  4. Gap
  5. Nike


Company rankings were determined by their overall green score, which included three component scores: environmental impact, environmental management and environmental disclosure. For more information on the methodology, click here.