Wednesday, April 22, 2015

2015’s Top-50 Greenest Brands


Today is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. Its celebration comes with the hopes of tens of millions of people that this is the moment in history where equilibrium between sustainability and economic growth is realized. According to the experts, to do that, everyone – including brands – have to commit to a low carbon future.

For brands, simply playing the environmental awareness card as part of a CSR or PR campaign isn’t an actual option anymore. Brands have to do it in ways that meaningfully support a sustainable future that is palpable to the consumer. And as the number of companies trying to co-opt environmental issues for their brands has grown, so too have the number of skeptical consumers. Most consumers have heard such promises before and – in the face of increased expectations – have begun to demand authenticity. They understand that the technology exists, and more and more consumers feel that all brands need is the will to make it so. To borrow a phrase from the Wizard of Oz, consumers want brands to be "morally, ethically, spiritually, physically, positively, absolutely, undeniably and reliably" green.
While we recognize that there are many corporations looking to find ways to do business in a sustainable way, of the 550 brands included in this year’s Customer Loyalty Engagement Index, here are the top-50 brands deemed authentically and resolutely “green” by their own customers. They are presented alphabetically since environmental demands and consumer expectations are category-specific.

  1. Acer
  2. Adidas
  3. Air Canada
  4. Amazon.com
  5. Apple
  6. AT&T
  7. Aveda
  8. Avis
  9. Brother
  10. Budget
  11. Burt’s Bees
  12. Canon
  13. Chic-fil-A
  14. Chipotle
  15. Coke
  16. Dell
  17. Discover Card
  18. Dunkin’
  19. Epson
  20. Ford
  21. Hilton Hotels
  22. Home Depot
  23. Honda
  24. HP
  25. Hyundai
  26. IBM
  27. InterContinental Hotels
  28. JetBlue
  29. Kohl’s
  30. Konica-Minolta
  31. Le Pain Quotidian
  32. Macy’s
  33. McDonald’s
  34. New Balance
  35. Nike
  36. Panera
  37. Peet’s
  38. Pepsi
  39. REI
  40. Samsung
  41. Starbucks
  42. Subway
  43. Tom’s of Maine
  44. Toyota
  45. Under Armour
  46. United
  47. Walmart
  48. Whole Foods
  49. Wyndham Hotels
  50. Zappos

Two thousand fifteen could be the year in which world leaders finally pass a binding climate change treaty and citizens and corporations divest from fossil fuels and both politicians and consumers put sustainability and renewable energy solutions where their mouths are. It turns out that consumers are fiercely loyal to brands that do that.

If you want to put your own principles and environmental standards to the test, Earth Day Network has a Personal Footprint Calculator, so you can see the impact you’re having on our planet. Just click here and take the test: http://www.earthday.org/footprint-calculator


For what it’s worth, when it comes down to the bottom bottom-line, unlike many things in our lives, it’s exactly what environmentalist Wendell Berry said, “The earth is what we all have in common.”


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