Economic Message of the Week: On Emissions, Companies Get Responsible

More major companies are moving to curb their carbon pollution, and it appears to be good for their bottom line.
survey of 90 major American companies by Climate Counts found that most were addressing the issue of carbon pollution by cutting energy use, measuring and reducing emissions, or pushing for energy legislation, including some corporations that fared badly in earlier editions of the survey.
"We hear so much about how climate action is supposed to be bad for the economy, and I think companies are showing otherwise," said Wood Turner, executive director of Climate Counts. 
In all, 73 of the 90 companies listed improved their ratings since three years ago, including Apple, eBay, and Levi Strauss.
The survey rates companies based on whether they track their emissions, adopt policies to reduce them, and publicize those policies. For the second year in a row, Nike topped the list, scoring 83 out of 100.

Published: December 2, 2009