Climate Counts, the organization that scores the world’s largest companies on their climate impact to spur corporate climate responsibility and more conscious consumption, has just released their latest scorecard. While the results demonstrate that companies continue to improve their commitment to slowing climate change, the pace is far slower than the organization would like to see.
During this round, Climate Counts announced evaluations of 47 companies in the pharmaceutical, furniture, large appliance, and children’s goods sectors. Some improvements were impressive, but two-thirds of the scored companies revealed only minimal or no improvement or even a decrease.
Using 22 criteria, Climate Counts’ researchers determine whether companies measure their climate or carbon footprint, reduce their impact on global warming, supports progressive legislation, and disclose their climate actions clearly and diligently. A full report across all industries will release this November, but today’s release shines some light with its key findings:
- Steelcase, Hasbro, and Whirlpool were the sector leaders in furniture, children’s toys, and large appliances, respectively.
- Apparently no one learned from the fiasco involving lead paint and other nasty chemicals found in toys made in China. The toy and children’s equipment sector scored low, with 8 of the 14 companies surveyed scoring a big zero.
- Pharmaceutical companies scored relatively well, with 11 of the 13 companies hitting a minimum score of 50, which Climate Counts designates as “striding.”
- AstraZeneca, makers of Diprivan, Prilosec, and Crestor, was the highest scoring company during this round.
As Wood Turner, Executive Director of Climate Counts, summed up:
As a parent, I’m astonished that the toys and children’s equipment sector continues to be the worst we score. It really is time for concerned parents to make their voices heard and let these companies know that avoiding climate action is unacceptable. The climate crisis is the greatest threat to our children’s and grandchildren’s future safety and prosperity, and parents can have the same success with companies on climate change that they have had in improving company behavior on product safety and toxins.
This fall, Climate Counts, which started in 2007 with seed funding from Stonyfield Farms, will release a comprehensive report. Industries the organization will analyze include airlines, beverages, electronics, household products, and consumer shipping.