Climate Counts

Sunday, April 13, 2008
Recently I read about a new website called "Climate Counts," where various companies are rated on their environmental initiatives. I wanted to see if my company had been rated.

It hadn't, mostly because they really don't have very many companies rated just yet. I did check and see how the companies I do business with, either through stock purchase or consumerism, stack up:

Dell - 41 - Starting Climate Change Initiatives
PepsiCo - 26 - Starting Climate Change Initiatives
L'Oreal - 45 - Starting Climate Change Initiatives
Amazon - 0 - Stuck, No Climate Change Initiatives
Anheiser Busch - 29 - Starting Climate Change Initiatives
U.S. Postal Service - 43 - Striding in Climate Change Initiatives
Motorola - 60 - Striding in Climate Change Initiatives
Levi Strauss - 1 - Stuck, No Climate Change Initiatives
General Electric - 61 - Striding in Climate Change Initiatives

I've sent notes to Levi's and Amazon to tell them to get their butts in gear, but I was pleased to see that most of the businesses I'm connected with are at least trying to make a difference.

I'm not a huge tree-hugger or anything, but I'm trying to make choices that don't leave my kids a burned out husk of a planet. 'Cause that would be rude.

7 comments:

Nathan said...

My Post Office does its part by refusing to leave the office and actually deliver anything. :D

Michelle K said...

That's fantastic Janiece! Thanks!

As you may have noticed from various posts and comments (grin) I try to give my money to companies that are ethical. First and foremost in the way humans are treated, but also in the way the environment is created.

It's interesting, though, that some of the companies that I know are doing a lot aren't there. Namely, Method and Aveda. Aveda has at least one site that has a carbon footprint of 0. And every time I turn around Method is doing something else, from compostable dust cloths and packaging to environmentally and people friendly cleaners.

You'd think they'd want to highlight companies that are truly going out of the way.

But as you said, they're adding more companies, so I hope to see them soon.

And boo for Amazon not having public statements. Though I think the very fact that it doesn't have stores gives it a much smaller carbon footprint than similar companies.

(Also, yay Sony for a score of 51! I have many Sony products in my house--some of which I've had for more than a decade.)

Janiece Murphy said...

Michelle, I like Aveda products, too.

vince said...

Yay Sony. And Natahn, I'd say your Dominos also does its part :-)

vince said...

Uh, that would be Nathan.

Jeri said...

And did your co make the list? Mine is way too small to be rated...

Janiece Murphy said...

Jeri, my company isn't on the list yet. Too small, I imagine.