Sustainability Performance Benchmark for Johnson Controls Inc.

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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability metrics site CSRHub recently updated its ratings on Johnson Controls Inc. and the 114 companies in the Energy, Equipment and Services Industry.  Johnson Controls overall rating currently is 62, up three points after the most recent updates to their CSRHub page.

 

Please note, the Sustainability Ratings widget will continually update and show the latest ratings on CSRHub.

 

The average rating for the other companies in the Energy, Equipment and Services Industry currently is 53.  This has allowed Johnson Controls to move up four points to 7th place on the list, using the CSRHub average user profile. Also see information about Johnson Controls at their CSRHub page here.

 

Johnson Controls has a particularly strong score in the Employee area of 65.  This is due to a high score in Compensation and Benefits of 69—well above the average for this industry of 56.  The area with the greatest opportunity for improvement for Johnson Controls is the Transparency and Reporting subcategory.  Here, Johnson Controls gets a 53 —which is above the average for the industry of 45.

 

Some highlights of the progress that Johnson Controls Inc. made in the past year include:

 

  • Johnson Controls Recognized Globally by Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
  • Johnson Controls Selected for UN Global Compact Stock Index (One of 12 U.S. companies selected for new index recognizing corporate performance on environmental and social issues.)

 

See Johnson Controls’ Corporate Social Responsibility website here.

 


 

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Climate Change Driving Beverage Market to Creative Destruction

By Carol Pierson Holding

 

Last week, the Seattle Times reported on a White House state dinner in honor of Frenchgrapes- carol President Francois Hollande. The wines were chosen for being among the U.S.’s vineyards that are owned or run by French vignerons and included Long Shadow’s Chester-Kidder red blend 2009 from Walla Walla, Washington.

 

It’s not the first time a Presidential dinner has included wines from the Pacific Northwest. The same vineyard has provided wine to at least four state dinners. Washington State wines won international competitions.

 

The fact is, the climate has changed so drastically that Washington State – and England and China — are becoming prime regions for wine growing. Global warming and its freak weather events are destroying the once great terroirs of France and California. Vintners, whose reputations and positioning have for centuries rested on the special soil and climate of a certain place (think Champagne), are repositioning themselves from unique land-based attributes to superior skills and experience.

 

Economist Joseph Shumpeter described this necessary form of business evolution: “creative destruction, (which) incessantly revolutionizes the economic structure from within, incessantly destroying the old one, incessantly creating a new one.” Wine is not the only industry experiencing creative destruction brought on by threats to vital natural resources. One well-known example is Coca-Cola’s extreme issues around water for both its production processes and its products themselves.

 

The company’s 2013 Water Stewardship & Replenish Report attempts to minimize damage to its reputation. But pain inflicted by its water misuse has gotten widespread publicity, particularly in India where, since 2000, the company has overseen the over-exploitation of limited water resources and the contamination of groundwater supplies that is bankrupting farmers and driving some to suicide.

 

The cost to Coke of water in India? Virtually free. But the repercussions of its water misuse have included fierce battles with local authorities that temporarily closed the Kerala plant, costing it millions.

 

Coke’s public response to its water problems seems admirable. In 2010 CNN Money reported that:

 

“Coke has been a leader when it comes to environmental issues: It is aiming to be water neutral — meaning every drop of water used by the company will be replenished — by 2020.”

 

But despite its commitments to water neutrality, Coke still has a long way to go. CSRHub rates its environmental performance only slightly above the beverage industry average. As the leader of the global beverage market, Coke should be doing better.

 

And not just because of the moral imperative or for good PR. When water becomes scarce or expensive, Coke’s business is threatened. How can Coke expand into products that don’t require water while retaining its franchise in sugar drinks? How does it beat back new water-free competitors such as SodaStream?

 

The answer is to join them. Earlier this month, Coca Cola announced a deal with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters to sell its drinks through subsidiary KeurigCold, an in-home soft-drink dispensing system. As the Wall Street Journal explained:

 

Coke is spending $1.25 billion to buy a 10% stake in Green Mountain, which is planning to introduce a new home soda maker to go alongside its Keurig single-serve coffee makers. And Coca Cola’s drink brands — Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Powerade and many more — will be making appearances in the new machines.

 

The surprising thing about the announcement is that unlike SodaStream, which touts its products as being environmentally friendly or “without the bottle,” Coke’s press release makes no reference to its new product’s sustainability. The largest beverage company in the world is touting this purchase as a competitive decision without trying to use it to blunt criticism over water use.

 

Potentially even more dire, the pods fight with Coke’s most enduring symbols, the Coke bottle and can.

 

Coke’s Green Mountain partnership is a perfect example of creative destruction working to benefit climate change adaptation. In a 1997 update to Shumpeter’s theory, Clayton Christensen’s The Innovator’s Dilemma says that there are times when it’s smart not to listen to current customers but to pursue small markets at the expense of larger and more lucrative ones. Climate change is pushing business to take more of the kind of risks that Shumpeter and Christensen advocate, often benefiting both business and the planet, even without exploiting sustainability in its branding. That’s CSR at its very best.


 

Carol Pierson Holding writes on environmental issues and social responsibility for policy and news publications, including the Carnegie Council’s Policy Innovations, Harvard Business Review, San Francisco Chronicle, India Time, The Huffington Post and many other web sites. Her articles on corporate social responsibility can be found on CSRHub.com, a website that provides sustainability ratings data on 8,900+ companies worldwide. Carol holds degrees from Smith College and Harvard University.

 

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Sustainability Performance Benchmark for McDonald’s Corporation

 

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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability metrics site CSRHub recently updated its ratings on McDonald’s Corporation and the 141 companies in the Hotels, Motels and Restaurants industry.  McDonalds’ overall rating currently is 54, down one point, after the most recent updates to their CSRHub page.

 

Please note, the Sustainability Ratings widget will continually update and show the latest ratings on CSRHub.

 

The average rating for the other companies in the Hotels, Motels and Restaurants industry increased one point to 53. You may see more information about McDonald’s at their CSRHub page here.

 

McDonald’s has a score of 59 in the Employees area, with help from a high score in the Training, Health and Safety subcategory of 66—above the average for this industry of 54.  The area with the greatest opportunity for improvement for McDonald’s is the Resource Management subcategory.  Here, McDonald’s gets a 43 —which is below the average for the industry of 49.

 

Some highlights of the progress that McDonald’s has made in the past year include:

  • McDonald’s USA First National Restaurant Chain to Serve MSC-Certified Sustainable Fish at all US Locations.
  • McDonald’s USA, McDonald’s Canada, and Their Franchisees Will Invest Over $6.5M in Agricultural Technical Assistance Program As Part of Efforts to Increase Coffee Sustainability.

 

See McDonalds’ Corporate Social Responsibility website here.

 


 

CSRHub ratings are on a scale of 0 to 100, with 100 being the highest. To see more on how CSRHub creates a score and the CSRHub rating rules, visit here.

 

CSRHub provides access to corporate social responsibility and sustainability ratings and information on 8,900 companies from 135 industries in 103 countries. By aggregating and normalizing the information from 304+ data sources, CSRHub has created a broad, consistent rating system and a searchable database that links millions of rating elements back to their source. Managers, researchers and activists use CSRHub to benchmark company performance, learn how stakeholders evaluate company CSR practices and seek ways to change the world.

 

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Kohl’s Corporation CSR Performance Benchmark

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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability metrics site CSRHub recently updated its ratings on Kohl’s Corporation and the 186 companies in the Retail industry.  Kohl’s overall rating currently is 57 after the most recent updates to their CSRHub page.

 

The average rating for the other companies in the Retail industry is steady at 53.  Kohl’s has maintained a steady place on the list, using the CSRHub average user profile. You may see more information about Kohl’s at their CSRHub page here.

 

Kohl’s has a score of 61 in the Community area.  This is due to a high score in Human Rights and Supply Chain of 69—well above the average for this industry of 53.  The area with the greatest opportunity for improvement for Kohl’s is the Transparency and Reporting subcategory.  Here, Kohl’s gets a 49 —which is the same as the industry average.

 

Some highlights of the progress that Kohl’s made in the past year include:

  • Kohl’s Department Stores Recognized with 2013 EPA Sustained Excellence in Green Power Award
  • Kohl’s Department Stores Donates $150,000 to the American Red Cross to Support Flood Relief Efforts in Colorado

 

See Kohl’s Corporate Social Responsibility website here.

 


 

CSRHub ratings are on a scale of 0 to 100, with 100 being the highest. To see more on how CSRHub creates a score and the CSRHub rating rules, visit here.

 

CSRHub provides access to corporate social responsibility and sustainability ratings and information on 8,900 companies from 135 industries in 103 countries. By aggregating and normalizing the information from 304+ data sources, CSRHub has created a broad, consistent rating system and a searchable database that links millions of rating elements back to their source. Managers, researchers and activists use CSRHub to benchmark company performance, learn how stakeholders evaluate company CSR practices and seek ways to change the world.

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Mattel Inc. CSR Performance Metrics

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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability metrics site CSRHub recently updated its ratings on Mattel Inc. and the 23 companies in the Leisure Equipment Manufacturing Industry.  Mattel Inc.’s overall rating currently is 61 after the most recent updates to their CSRHub page.

 

Please note, the Sustainability Ratings widget will continually update and show the latest ratings on CSRHub.

 

The average rating for the other companies in the Leisure Equipment Manufacturing Industry currently is 52.  This has positioned Mattel Inc. in 2nd place on the list, using the CSRHub average user profile. Also see information about Mattel Inc. at their CSRHub page here.

 

Mattel Inc. has a particularly strong score in the Employees area of 70.  This is due to a high score in Compensation and Benefits of 72—well above the average for this industry of 59.  The area with the greatest opportunity for improvement for Mattel Inc. is the Resource Management subcategory.  Here, Mattel Inc. gets a 51 —which is below the average for the industry of 55.

 

See the Mattel Inc. Corporate Social Responsibility website here.

 


 

CSRHub ratings are on a scale of 0 to 100, with 100 being the highest. To see more on how CSRHub creates a score and the CSRHub rating rules, visit here.

 

CSRHub provides access to corporate social responsibility and sustainability ratings and information on 8,900 companies from 135 industries in 103 countries. By aggregating and normalizing the information from 305+ data sources, CSRHub has created a broad, consistent rating system and a searchable database that links millions of rating elements back to their source. Managers, researchers and activists use CSRHub to benchmark company performance, learn how stakeholders evaluate company CSR practices and seek ways to change the world.

 

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