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CRD Analytics’ Top 1,000 Sustainable Companies: Who’s in the Top 10 and How?

Speaking of who is using the G3 Guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), CRD Analytics recently published its list of the Global 1000 Sustainable Performance Leaders and incorporated the G3 Guidelines into its analysis.  See who made the top ten and the method behind the ranking.

According to the press release, Merck is ranked first among the 1,000 sustainable performance leader companies, up from fourth in 2008.  The article also pointed out that Merck achieved their highest ESG ranking the year in which it acquired Schering-Plough, the merger of which resulted in the layoff of 16,000 workers, while Fred Hassan, the CEO of Schering-Plough at the time, earned nearly $50 million.  Ouch!  Does this call into question the ranking criteria?  I would like to hear your thoughts.

The methodology behind the rankings is a force-rank by total Sustainable Performance Value (SPV) calculated as the average of four performance dimensions: financial, environmental, social and governance among companies who meet the following criteria:  a company must be publicly traded on a major global exchange; have a minimum market capitalization of $1 billion USD as of December 31st, 2009; and have produced a publicly available sustainability or corporate responsibility (CSR) report with full year environmental, social, governance (ESG) data for their 2008 calendar year before October 31st, 2009.

The top ten results are:

1 Merck & Company Inc

2 International Business Machines Corp.

You can also check out all 1000 companies by rank or alphabetically courtesy of
Image Credit:  doug88888 via Flickr under CC license.

Written by Emily DeMasi

Emily McKinin DeMasi is a 2011 MBA/ MA Public Policy candidate and Peace Corps Fellow at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Her thesis work concerns Corporate Social Responsibility in the United States. She also works as a Research Fellow at Bridgeway Capital, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in downtown Pittsburgh. Emily has worked as an Associate in a Private Equity Placement Firm in NY and as a Water and Sanitation Volunteer in Ivory Coast, West Africa. She hopes to combine her business background with her passion for development and inspire others in the fields of Sustainability and CSR.


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