Shopping last minute? Check out companies' climate scores before buying

With Christmas just a few days away, you may be rushing out to buy those last-minute gifts for friends and loved ones. If you’re concerned about the climate impact of the companies from which you buy, Climate Counts’ third annual ratings of corporations’ efforts to fight global warming will take one stresser out of the equation.

Released last month, the Climate Counts ratings are based on a “0-to-100 point scale and 22 criteria to determine if companies have:

  • Measured their climate footprint
  • Reduced their impact on global warming
  • Supported (or suggested intent to block) progressive climate legislation
  • Publicly disclosed their climate actions clearly and comprehensively.”

Companies are then given a “grade” based on their score: those that receive 50 or more points are “striding,” those in the 13-49 point range are labeled “starting,” and those with 12 or less points are considered “stuck.”

So, who’s doing well this year? Climate Counts noted several companies with big improvements in their scores, including

  • eBay (a jump of 48 points)
  • US Airways (up 43 points to match most of the top scorers in a relatively low-scoring sector)
  • Apple (up 41 points),
  • Levi Strauss (up 36 points)

And the big winner this year: Nike, with a score of 83.

Climate Counts has made this information easy for consumers to use: a printable pocket guide provides scores by sector… they’re also working on an iPhone app. You can also download a copy of the scorecard.

via Green, Inc.