Conscious consumers definitely spend time studying the climate impact of products that they buy, but what about the businesses they deal with have? Should we consider the environmental practices of an online company like Amazon before clicking the Buy Now link? Climate Counts thinks so, they've scored over 55 companies across eight consumer sectors, ranging from electronics to apparel. It chooses well known brands in use by households in the United States and the U.K. Companies are ranked in a range from 0-100 based upon publicly available information about their climate-related choices.
Climate Counts said in scoring companies that it considers how well a company tries to "measure" its climate impact, how much it has done to "reduce" this impact, whether or not it tries to "support" progressive climate legislation and how publicly it tries to "disclose" its climate cleaning efforts.
The end result provides some interesting data on companies. Amazon, for example, scored a big fat zero because it has made no information public on its climate changing practices. Canon, by contrast, scored a 77 out of 100 because much of its information is public, revealing the company has measured its global warming impact since 1990 and that it has set strong guidelines on how to reduce this impact.
For those who really want to know on the go, Climate Counts has also made its data available in a mobile offering.
written by Luke, August 03, 2007
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