As reviewed in the Daily Beast in 2011, Newsweek ranked the most environmentally unfriendly companies based on ecological impact and corporate management. The companies with the lowest scores in Newsweek’s Green Rankings are in the energy, food and beverage, materials, and utilities sectors.
There are even a few financial services companies at the very bottom of the list. This reflects the fact that some of these companies have investment portfolios which include firms with environmentally damaging activities, such as coal mining or gas drilling.
The 2011 ranking of the least green big companies in America excluded companies that scored lowest in Newsweek’s 2010 Green Rankings. This list compares the environmental footprint, management (policies, initiatives, controversies), and transparency of the largest 500 companies in the US. To compile this list Newsweek partnered with two leading environmental research organizations, Trucost and Sustainalytics, along with input from corporate sustainability experts.
Here is the list of the 20 least green companies in America:
- T. Rowe Price Group
- CONSOL Energy
- Peabody Energy
- Ralcorp Holdings
- Mead Johnson Nutrition
- Ameriprise Financial
- Tyson Foods
- Edison International
- Allegheny Technologies
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