Google and Apple get a “D”

Fri 4 May 2012 15:40, Tamara Yadvichuk

Google and Apple get a “D”

In its latest Sustainability report British research organization EIRIS rated 2,063 international companies on sustainability and ethics. The companies were evaluated in terms of their social and environmental performance, organization, labor issues and other factors. As a result, each company received a grade: A, B, C, D, or E. Guess who got an “A”!

The highest rating went to German sportswear producer Puma for their high environmental performance and labor standards. Among other top-rated organizations were Philips Electronics and a bunch of European pharmaceutical companies, which work in the healthcare sector that should be socially beneficial by default.

As for those who failed EIRIS’s sustainability test, some results were quite surprising. While the “E”s were pretty much reserved for oil and gas companies, more common “D”s were given to giants like Apple, Google and McDonald’s. It’s interesting that both BP and Shell, despite their non-environment-friendly industry, scored much higher than Apple and Google.  Here’s an extract from the sustainability analysis of the world’s top 50 companies:

Company

Country

Grade

Puma

Germany

A

Philips

Netherlands

A

BP

UK

B

Shell

UK

B

Microsoft

USA

C

IBM

USA

C

Proctor and Gamble

USA

C

AT&T

USA

C

Coca-Cola

USA

C

Samsung

Korea

C

Apple

USA

D

Google

USA

D

McDonald’s

USA

D

According to the report, Apple got its shameful grade due to issues with labor coming from countries where human rights are at risk. As for the low grade of the global search leader, EIRIS doesn’t mention the reasons. So I wonder what Google is doing wrong. Do you know?

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