Global Warming Scorecard of Companies Launched for Consumers
Jun 29, 2007
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Consumers can now factor a company's track record on climate change into their purchasing decisions for come products, using the Climate Counts Company Scorecard. The Scorecard was released by the nonprofit Climate Counts. It scores 56 major corporations across eight product sectors, including consumer electronics but not traditional appliances. Consumers can use their phone text messaging to access the results while they're shopping.

"Business must play a significant role in stopping global warming, and we believe the key to influencing companies lies in the hands of the consumer," said Gary Hirshberg, chair of Climate Counts and CEO of organic yogurt maker Stonyfield Farm. "With the Scorecard, consumers now have the power to make good climate decisions in their everyday purchases."

The companies were scored on a scale from one to 100, based on 22 criteria that fall within four benchmarks: whether they measure their carbon footprint, what efforts they have made to reduce their own climate impact, whether they support or oppose global-warming legislation, and what they disclose to the public about their work to address climate change. In addition to electronics, product sectors included apparel, beverages, media, food products, food services, household products (consumables), and internet/software.

Twelve electronics companies were ranked and Tokyo-based Canon Inc., (not affiliated with Canon Communications LLC, publisher of APPLIANCE magazine) was at the top of the list with a score of 77. In fact, Canon had the highest score among all sectors. Next on the Electronics list was IBM (70), Toshiba (66), and Motorola (60). Last on the Electronics list, and significantly behind second-to-last Nokia, was Apple Computer, with a score of 2.

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