G100Corporate Knights Top 100 Sustainable Companies List

Corporate Knights is a business advisory company based in Toronto Ontario Canada.  Since 2005 they have published a top 100 global sustainable company ranking list which has grown more popular over the years.  Last month the new list (for which the judging starts each October 1st) was published.  The USA took the top two spots and a total of twenty USA companies made the top 100 list.   Twelve Canadian companies made the list with Tim Horton’s being the highest ranked at slot 11.

USA Companies in the Top 100

Rank / Company Name / Industry

1 Biogen Idec – Biotechnology

2 Allergan – Pharmaceuticals

18 Johnson & Johnson – Pharmaceuticals

26 Coca-Cola Enterprises – Beverages

38 Sigma-Aldrich – Chemicals

47 Ecolab – Chemicals

49 General Mills – Food Products

53 Agilent Technologies – Life Sciences Tools & Services

56 Intel – Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment

61 Adobe Systems – Software

65 Hess – Oil. Gas & Consumable Fuels

69 Cisco Systems – Communications Equipment

71 Johnson Controls – Auto Components

72 Colgate-Palmolive – Household Products

74 General Electric – Industrial Conglomerates

77 Campbell Soup – Food Products

83 Varian Medical Systems – Health Care Equipment & Supplies

89 Baker Hughes – Energy Equipment & Services

97 Prologis – Real Estate Investment Trusts

99 EMC – Technology Hardware, Storage & Peripherals


Canadian Companies in the Top 100

Rank / Company Name / Industry

11 Tim Hortons – Hotels Restaurants & Leisure

29 Teck Resources – Metals & Mining

37 TELUS – Diversified Telecommunication

57 Bombardier – Aerospace & Defense

64 Enbridge – Oil. Gas & Consumable Fuels

67 Sun Life Financial – Insurance

76 The Toronto-Dominion Bank – Banks

85 Celestica – Electronic Equip., Instruments

86 Bank of Montreal – Banks

90 Encana – Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels


The way companies are evaluated is a series of elimination phases and then rankings based on common key performance indicators in three main categories:

  1. Resource Management – Energy Productivity, Carbon Productivity, Water Productivity and Waste Productivity
  2. Financial Management – Innovation Capacity, Percentage Tax Paid, CEO to Average Employee Pay and Pension Fund Status
  3. Employee Management – Safety Performance, Employee Turnover and Leadership Diversity



Once the rankings are done it is a boon to the winners and they have the bragging rights for another year.  In top spot this year is US biotechnology company Biogen Idec, and in second place is US Pharmaceutical giant, Allergen.  The Canadian restaurant chain “Tim Horton’s” came in 11th in the rankings mainly due to its great score on recycling.

As each year goes by and the urgency of our global situation becomes more and more obvious – challenges and competitions like this are great ways to get companies thinking in terms of global sustainability – it helps foster a long term point of view for strategy makers.  The more widespread this knowledge becomes, the more the public will start expecting all the companies they interact with to comply with the standards being developed and set by opinion makers like Corporate Knights.  It is the difference between working for sustainability as opposed to working for profit only.  Soon the profitability of a company will be inextricably linked to its ability to meet the criteria set by sustainability reviews.  The list is mostly focused on the industries that impact the environment in their day to day operations but is open to all.  For all companies that want to be relevant businesses in the future – their challenge is to find ways to contribute to the sustainability of our planet.  Profit is no longer the only yardstick of success.

View the Full List Here.

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