Published date: 21 March 2023
Your favourite brands can impact the planet significantly, whether they’re in the tech, fashion or food. Given the current climate crisis, big brands must aim to be sustainable when outsourcing, producing and distributing their goods to the world.
Many brands publicly announce their promise of care towards the environment, while some don't – that’s why we've researched to reveal the most eco-conscious global brands. Keep reading to discover if some of your favourite brands have made it to the list.
It’s important to know the impact of how you eat, live and work on the planet.
Many companies are adapting and finding new ways to protect the environment, whether using recycled packaging, less plastic or creating sustainable products.
Our data analysts have used online search data to determine which companies produce the most to least greenhouse gas emissions. The results might just surprise you.
Ranking in the top three leading global companies were Nike, BrewDog and H&M, all of which had under 100,000 metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year. However, of the three, BrewDog is the only company with a B Corp certification.
Meanwhile, H&M aims to become more sustainable by using more recycled materials, reducing 27.8% of plastic packaging and at least 56% of emissions by 2030.
By the end of 2021, Nike had produced 10,943 tonnes of CO2 equivalents, 7.3% down from the previous year, indicating that they’re on the right track to fulfil their pledge. They also aim to reduce Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 65% by 2030 and all emissions by 90% by 2050.
|Ranking||Brand||Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Metric Tonnes)|
|16||Ben and Jerry's||N/A|
How to measure the sustainability of a company?Some companies suggest that they’re sustainable, but when you dig a little deeper you might find that they’re not doing as much for the world around them as they suggest. How can you measure the sustainability of a company? One way to verify the sustainability of a company is to ask a few simple questions:
- Are they transparent about outsourcing their materials, and is it ethical?
- Do they have environmentally conscious manufacturing practices?
- How much waste do they produce?
- What are their shipping/delivery options?
If you can find the answers to these questions, you'll be on the right track in deciding how eco-conscious a company is. However, you need to make sure that businesses are being sincere and have genuine intentions of treating the environment and their customers kindly. And the best way to certify a company's sustainability is by checking for B Corp Certifications.
B Corp Companies
B Corp certifications measure a company's social and environmental impact. It’s a movement of individuals and companies that strive to do good and put its people and the planet before profit.
According to recent data, B Corp certifications are much more valued in the food industry as leading companies such as Ben & Jerry's and BrewDog have attained their certification. While companies such as Amazon, Nike and H&M shockingly do not.
Read on to find out which of your global brands are B Corp certified:
|Ben and Jerry's||Yes|
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Our data analysts have used online search data to discover each company’s sustainability pledge and sustainability policy. In order to rank each company for the amount of greenhouse gases produced, figures were extracted from Statista and GlobalData.