February 02, 2009
2009 List of Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World Unveiled at Davos
by Robert Kropp
Corporate Knights and Innovest publish fifth annual list of companies best equipped to manage ESG
risks and opportunities.
Corporate Knights, the Canadian
publisher of the world’s largest circulation magazine with an explicit focus on corporate
responsibility, has published its 2009 list of the 100 most sustainable corporations in the world.
The list has been published annually since 2005.
The Global 100 is a list of publicly-traded, MSCI
World-listed companies that, based on research and analysis by Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, are best equipped to
manage the environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities they face. Businesses
derive benefits from sound management of their ESG areas, and investors believe that ESG issues can
affect the performance of portfolios.
The Innovest methodology compares companies to their
sector peers on a best-in-class basis. Companies on the Global 100 list are leaders in terms of ESG
risk and opportunity management for each of Innovest’s 71 categories. The Global 100 does not
discriminate on the basis of how companies earn their revenues, in the belief that even companies
in such higher-impact industries as weapons manufacturing may still be strong social and
The Global 100 is arranged alphabetically, because different
industries face different social and environmental factors, making absolute sustainability ratings
neither insightful nor even methodologically possible.
The 2009 list includes 20 companies
from the US, four more than in 2008. The United Kingdom has 19, down from 24 in 2008, and Japan
improved on its 2008 tally of 13 with a total of 15 companies qualifying in 2009. In all, 65 of the
2008 companies remained on the list in 2009.
The US companies added to the Global 100 in
2009 are Amazon.com, Dell, Goldman Sachs, PG & E, Procter & Gamble, and Prologis. US companies
dropped from the list are Agilent Technologies, American International Group, and General Electric.
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