Five Notable Sustainable Corporations in the United States
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At the Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the ranking of the most sustainable corporations in the world went public. Compiled by Corporate Knights, Inc., the list featured Danish renewable energy provider, Ørsted, at the top. Ørsted reduced its fossil fuel consumption by 72% between 2006 and 2029 and is on track to “essentially become carbon neutral” by 2025.
Danish companies held the number one and number two spots, with Europe dominating the list. Forty-nine corporations are based in Europe, 18 hail from Asia, three from Latin America, and one from Africa. Out of the 100 corporations listed, 29 are based in the US and Canada.
Five US companies fell within the top 25. Here’s a round up of who they are, what they do, and steps they’re taking in the name of corporate sustainability.
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Founded in 1984, Cisco Systems, Inc. manufactures and distributes information technology and telecommunications software, hardware, and services worldwide. Headquartered in San Jose, California, Cisco was number four on the list of top sustainable corporations in the world.
Cisco lowered its carbon emissions by 48% from 2007 to 2019. According to their 2019 Cisco Social Responsibility report, 100% of energy used in North America comes from renewable sources. The corporation avoided using 456 metric tons of virgin plastic in products and packaging 2019 as well.
Additional sustainability initiatives undertaken by Cisco include reducing water consumption, responsible water management, and wildlife protection programs to foste