The 2016 Sustainability Leaders and his year it was produced in partnership with Sustainable Brands,
The Sustainability Leaders Survey tracks expert opinions on the evolution of sustainability. These experts are now saying that values and purpose are "top drivers" of change. Leaders in sustainability excel at
integrating social and environmental purpose into their core business. Leading companies also model innovation and
set ambitious goals.
Mark Lee, Executive Director at SustainAbility commented: “Sustainability experts now believe that national governments and the private sector must take equal responsibility for advancing sustainable development over the next two decades, with 34% of experts rating each as vital to progress. Expectations for governments to lead have gradually decreased in recent years, while those for the private sector have been rising. Multi-sectoral partnerships are also seen as playing a central role.”
This year Unilever, Patagonia, Interface, IKEA, Tesla, Nestlé and Natura are among the top-rated global leaders on sustainability. Tesla is the only new addition in the top 13 this year.
The survey sampled 900 experts in 84 countries were asked to identify three companies that are leaders in
integrating sustainability into their business strategy. Four in ten experts singled out Unilever as a global leader on sustainability. This is the sixth year in a row that Unilever has made the list. A feat not accomplished by any other company in the survey's almost two decade long history.
North America is the most competitive when it comes to sustainability: Patagonia leads with 16 percent followed by Nike at 10 percent, Interface at 8 percent and at Walmart 7 percent.
To see the full results of the survey click here.
2016 Green Business Award Winners
Green Business Award Winners in 2016 (Guardian and Environmental Leader)
2015-2016 Awards for Reporting on the Environment (SEJ)
The Best and the Worst Sustainability and Climate Stories in 2015
2015 Global Corporate Sustainability Leaders
The Best of Green in 2015: Products, Projects, Leaders, Corporations, CEOs and Chemistry
Sustainability Focused Innovations of 2015