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December 07, 2011
Unilever Tops Scorecard of Companies Addressing Climate Change
    by Robert Kropp

In the fifth annual Scorecard produced by Climate Counts, Unilever supplants Nike for the first time as the leader in corporate emissions reduction, public policy, and reporting.

In its fifth annual Scorecard of corporate emissions reduction, public policy, and reporting, Climate Counts finally has a leader other than Nike.

This year, Unilever vaulted past Nike to gain the top spot on the Scorecard. According to Mike Bellamente, Project Director for Climate Counts, Unilever's Sustainable Living Plan "has embedded resource efficiency and emissions reduction targets into all layers of its operations."

Unilever finished with 88 out of a possible 100 points, followed by AstraZeneca with 86. Nike slipped to a third-place with Siemans. Each scored 85 points.

By industry sector, Electronics had the highest average scores, followed by Food Products and Pharmaceuticals. Toys & Children's Equipment had the worst average scores, and six of the 13 companies in the sector scored zero points.

Climate Counts assessed the performance of 136 companies across 16 industry sectors this year, using publicly available information from self-reporting and third parties such as the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). The Scorecard's 22 key indicators are compiled in four sections:

Is the company taking inventory of their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions using an industry accepted accounting protocol?
Has the company articulated a strategy for reducing GHG emissions and have they succeeded in achieving actual reductions?
Does the company explicitly support the need for comprehensive energy and climate policy or is there evidence they oppose such measures? and
Is the company publicly disclosing information about their sustainability efforts and their progress toward carbon neutrality?

Since 2007, Climate Counts noted, average scores have increased by 54%.

Nevertheless, "There is still a big mountain to climb toward carbon neutrality," the report concluded. "For starters, we'd like to see better performance in the Policy Stance section of our scorecard which rewards corporations that vocalize support for climate and energy legislation at every layer of government."

Climate Counts was founded in 2007 by Stonyfield Farms. The New Hampshire-based yogurt maker's CEO, Gary Hirshberg, serves as Board Chair of the nonprofit Climate Counts.


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