Nature Found the Cure :
For the next issue of popular magazine Newsweek, they have decided to do something completely new to the entire industry of media organization; they are assigning a green ranking to the 500 biggest public companies in America. Hewlett Packard was named the greenest company of 2009.
Hewlett Packard has definitely become a household name over the past decade or so. Hewlett Packard is a technology company that operates in more than 170 countries around the world. Most people know the name HP (Hewlett Packard) for their home pc's and notebooks. This is the first time a magazine has ever done any type of green rating project. The rating results were on several things including the company's environmental footprint as well as on its policies. Hewlett Packard shined in every arena.
So here is the list of the 10 greenest companies:
Johnson & Johnson
State Street Corporation
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Applied Materials, Inc.
Of course we have already discussed Hewlett Packard leading the way, but several of these companies have made their mark when it comes to recycling and waste reduction. Starbucks started its own recycling program this past month which I discussed a few days ago. Last year, Nike introduced it Trash Talk Shoe Line made with recycled waste from factory floors. The company also offers a recycling program for old sneakers. Dell partnered with Goodwill to collect and recycle electronics nationwide, and has also kept close tabs on the use of mercury in its newer models.
Newsweek has dedicated 12 entire pages of their magazine to the results of this case study. The report contains interviews with CEOs and corporate sustainability officers. If you head over to Newsweek's website, you can also search companies by industry and size to compare green ratings.
You can view Hewlett Packard as well as the complete list of the 500 Greenest companies in America here.