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America’s Greenest Companies in the Global 100

global100.jpgEight U.S. companies are among the most sustainable in the world according to Corporate Knights, a Toronto-based media company. The eighth annual Global 100 list was announced last week during the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Although the eight firms include some of America’s leading high-tech companies, they also consist of diverse industry areas. 

After making significant strides in sustainability in 2011, Apple, America’s most valuable company (according to market capitalization), is noticeably absent from the U.S. ranks. Samsung is the only global consumer electronics company that qualified among the Top and ranked #73 with a score of 29.41%.
The United States has much to learn from two other countries that led the way in the Global 100. The United Kingdom was the sustainability champion with 16 companies in the Global 100 list. Japan was second with 11 firms that were recognized for sustainability. The United States tied for third place with France which also had eight Global 100 companies.
The Global 100 is an annual project conducted by Corporate Knights, the company for clean capitalism, and is the most extensive data-driven sustainability assessment in the world. The key criteria used to qualify sustainable companies include carbon/energy/waste/safety productivity, leadership diversity, CEO-average worker pay ratio, employee turnover and innovation capacity. The firm seeks to identify the environmental and social impacts of business decisions in the marketplace. It also seeks to recognize the best firms that can lead to the next era of green economic growth.

A complete list of the Global 100 is available here.


References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:
Audubon Lifestyles 
The International Sustainability Council 

The Cornell Lab

Small Business Trends              

Sanford Golf Design

Scotland Yards Golf Club


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The Dodson Group      

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The American Society of Golf Course Architects throw their support behind Audubon Lifestyles

Audubon Lifestyles is delighted to have gained the support of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, for the Audubon Lifestyles Sustainable Golf Facilities Program (SGFP). Erik Larsen, President of the ASGCA wrote American Society of Golf Course Architectsin a letter of support; “The ASGCA’s 185 members look forward to seeing how the Sustainable Golf Facilities Program develops. The program certainly falls in line with the work of ASGCA members and the ASGCA pledges to communicate your results to our members, so they may continue this dialogue with their clients.”

The SGFP is a sustainability rating program that includes an audit component that focuses on economic, environmental and social sustainability at golf facilities. The program was designed with the help of the Golf Advisory Group, which included experts in sustainability and in golf course design, construction and management issues.

“We wanted to make certain that the SGFP was designed in such a way that golf courses who have participated in existing programs, and have already focused on environmental stewardship and other related topics got credit for what they have already accomplished,” said Eric Dodson, CEO of Audubon Lifestyles, “and I cannot express enough how grateful we are to have gained the support of the ASGCA to help us in that endeavor.”

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References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon Lifestyles

The International Sustainability Council 

The Reserve at Lake Keowee

Sustainability Campaign


The Royal Society of Biological Sciences

National Geographic

Double Oaks

Global Stewards

United States Department of Energy

American Society of Golf Course Architects

The United States Golf Association (USGA)


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