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TOP 50 ESG CHAMPIONS - 2022 (GLOBAL COMPANIES CATEGORY) - WORLD BIZ MAGAZINE AWARDS



“Take what you find here and make it better and better.” - Eli Lilly, founder of Eli Lilly & Co.

Our global team of analysts have identified the companies with the highest levels of commitment to, and performance in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG).


Congratulations to the highlighted companies for the deserved recognition of their extremely powerful contributions to the improvement of our planet and the lives of its inhabitants.


 

Accenture

Country: Ireland

Sector: Industrials


"We have set ambitious, industry-leading sustainability goals—for climate action, net-zero emissions, inclusion, diversity and equality as well as other areas—and we will continue to build on this momentum."

- Julie Sweet, Chair & CEO


Highlights

  • Joined 1,100 companies in pledging to help keep global warming below 1.5° Celsius.

  • 65% reduction in total emissions from 2016 baseline.

  • 100% renewable electricity by 2023.

  • Aiming to graduate 250 diverse suppliers through Diverse Supplier Program by end of fiscal 2023.

  • Achieve 50% women and 50% men in workforce by 2025.

  • Growing percentage of women managing directors to 30% by 2025.

Adobe

Country: USA

Sector: Technology


"Adobe’s mission has always been to create products that empower people to change the world. Our purpose is anchored on harnessing our people, platform, creativity, and innovation to make change in the areas we can make the most impact."

- Shantanu Narayen, Chairman, President & CEO


Highlights

  • 70% renewable electricity by end of FY22.

  • 1:1 global gender pay parity.

  • 6,800 images of long-term missing children age-progressed by Adobe.

  • 33.5% global representation of women in workforce.

  • 55% of Board of Directors are women and people from URCs.

  • 10 proactive climate action policy advocacy stances.

AIA

Country: China

Sector: Financials


"As the largest pan-Asian life and health insurer, we are uniquely placed to use our scale and influence to contribute to regional economic and social development. We place sustainability at the forefront of how we operate, we have a vital role to play in addressing material ESG issues to safeguard a better future."

- Lee Yuan Siong, CEO & President


Highlights

  • Launched AIA One Billion to engage a billion people to live healthier, longer, better lives.

  • Net-zero greenhouse emissions by 2050.

  • Women comprised 58% of the Company’s global workforce and 42% of its senior leadership.

Alibaba

Country: China

Sector: Consumer Discretionary


"We firmly believe that if society is doing well and the economy is doing well, then Alibaba will do well. We are eager to do our part to support the realization of common prosperity."

- Daniel Zhang, Chairman and CEO


Highlights

  • Achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.

  • 26,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions eliminated through use of renewable energy.

  • By 2035, facilitate a reduction of 1.5 gigatons of GHG emissions.

  • Launched Project AsiaForward with an initial USD1 billion funding and resources to cultivate a million-strong digital talent pool.

  • US$15.5B for common prosperity.

Alphabet

Country: USA

Sector: Technology


"In the future, every search you do, every YouTube video you watch, every Gmail you send will be powered by clean energy. Our goal is to do all this by 2030."

- Sundar Pichai, CEO Google


Highlights

  • Helping more than 500 cities reduce one gigaton of carbon emissions per year by 2030.

  • +30% leadership representation of Black, Latinx and Native Americans in the U.S. by 30% by 2025.

  • 100% of shipments are carbon neutral.

Amazon

Country: USA

Sector: Consumer Discretionary


"We are relentlessly optimistic about the future. We know that crossing the finish line won’t be easy, and there’s still lots of exploring and inventing that needs to happen. But with passion and partnership, we believe we can build a better future together."

- Kara Hurst, VP Sustainability


Highlights

  • The world's largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy.

  • 100% renewable energy by 2025.

  • Women earn the same that men earn performing the same jobs.

  • Launched a more than $2 billion Amazon Housing Equity Fund.

  • Eliminated 1 million tons of packaging material.

Apple

Country: USA

Sector: Technology


"At Apple, we are optimistic about technology’s awesome potential for good. But we know that it won’t happen on its own. Every day, we work to infuse the products and services we make with decency and humanity. We strive to build the best products on earth while leaving the world better."

- Tim Cook, CEO


Highlights

  • 100% renewable energy sourced.

  • 41B gallons of water saved.

  • Women and men earn the same when engaging in similar work.

  • Committed $3 billion in donations.

Aramco

Country: Saudi Arabia

Sector: Energy


"To walk the talk of words like “sustainability” and “reliability” and “responsibility” – you have to back that up with investment. You have to deliver on what you start."

- Amin Nasser, CEO


Highlights

  • Signatory to the World Bank’s "Zero Routine Flaring by 2030" initiative.

  • Implemented more than 200 energy initiatives at its facilities.

  • 27% of new hires were female, compared to 9% in 2019.

  • Planted three million mangroves, bringing total planted or restored to 5.3 million.

ASML

Country: Netherlands

Sector: Technology


"We are stepping up our focus on ESG sustainability. We’re doing this because we clearly recognize ESG’s increasing importance to all our stakeholders, but first and foremost because it’s simply the right thing to do."

- Peter Wennink, CEO


Highlights

  • €1.2bn value of parts re-used.

  • 77% material recycling rate.

  • In 2021, ASML supported a total of 64 education projects across the main regions where it operates (Netherlands, US and Asia).

  • Supervisory Board diversity: 38% female members.

AstraZeneca

Country: United Kingdom

Sector: Health Care


"Sustainability is part of our organisational DNA, embedded from the lab to the patient, and delivered thanks to the efforts of over 80,000 employees. We seek to create value to society beyond the impact of our medicines."

- Pascal Soriot, CEO


Highlights

  • 59% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions since 2015.

  • 100% total imported renewable electricity.

  • 48.1% women in senior middle management roles.

  • 17% reduction in water use.

Bank of America

Country: USA

Sector: Financials


"We drive progress on the SDGs through all of our efforts and activities. We bring our $2.8 trillion balance sheet, our $55 billion expense base and the trillions of dollars we raise each year to the task. We commit the considerable ingenuity, innovation and passion of our team."

- Brian Moynihan - Chairman and CEO


Highlights

  • $2 billion bond to advance racial equality, economic opportunity and environmental sustainability.

  • Bank of America is one of only five S&P 100 companies with six or more women on the Board.

Bristol Myers Squibb

Country: USA

Sector: Health Care


"As a leader in our industry, we recognize our responsibility to provide long-term benefit to society as we fulfill our corporate purpose. This means that we consider our environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities as integral to our strategy for doing business around the world."

- Giovanni Caforio, Board Chair and CEO


Highlights

  • Spend $1B with diverse suppliers by 2025.

  • 100% renewable electricity by 2030.

  • Gender parity at executive level by end of 2022.

Chevron

Country: USA

Sector: Oil & Gas


"Energy enables modern life and powers human progress. As the human energy company, we use our ingenuity to solve problems, overcome obstacles and deliver solutions."

- Michael K. Wirth, CEO


Highlights

  • $3B+ invested through 2028 to advance energy-transition.

  • Joined the World Bank’s Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 initiative.

  • 40% of Board are women.

  • $400M spent on woman- and minority-owned businesses.

China Mobile

Country: China

Sector: Telecommunication


"We will continue to be guided by our CSR philosophy of pursuing win-win development with fullest sincerity. We will take on greater responsibility in serving the digital economy, harness next-gen digital intelligent technologies, bring digital-intelligent power to the public and society for a better future."

- Yang Jie, Chairman


Highlights

  • Helped reduce 210 million tonnes of CO2 emissions in China.

  • Compared with 2020, the energy consumption of a new 5G base station decreased by 10%.

Citigroup

Country: USA

Sector: Financials


"Our ESG agenda cannot just be a separate layer that sits above what we do day to day. It is embedded in what we do and creates concrete examples of the empathy I see in our firm every day as we work to serve our clients, customers and communities."

- Jane Fraser, CEO


Highlights

  • New $500 Billion Environmental Goal by 2030 to accelerate the transition to low-carbon economy.

  • 50.8% of total employees globally are female (106,781 women).

  • 21.5% of managing directors are female (633 women).

Coca-Cola

Country: USA

Sector: Consumer Staples


"Our environmental, social and governance goals are embedded in how we operate as a business—they are part of our very foundation."

- James Quincey, Chairman and CEO


Highlights

  • 90% of packaging recyclable.

  • To achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

  • $1B to suppliers in financing and accelerated payments.

  • 56% of our priority ingredients volume sourced sustainably.

  • $800M spent with diverse suppliers in the U.S.

Comcast

Country: USA

Sector: Telecommunication


"We use our platforms and programs to help elevate potential and open opportunities for success. And, we do this with an exceptional team of employees and partners — because together, we can create a stronger future for all."

- Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO


Highlights

  • Investing $1B over the next 10 years to help close the digital divide, 50M Americans to be impacted.

  • $3.7B in diverse supplier spend.

  • Committed to Carbon Neutrality by 2035.

  • Funding 50+ Military organisations.

Eli Lilly & Co

Country: USA

Sector: Health Care


"ESG is How we Operate. More important than setting ambitious goals is achieving them. Together with the support of our stakeholders, the contributions of our Lilly colleagues and our partners across the health-care system, we believe we can fulfill the charge of Eli Lilly, our company’s founder: “Take what you find here and make it better and better.”

- David A. Ricks, Chairman and CEO


Highlights

  • Carbon neutral by 2030.

  • 100% renewable electricity by 2030.

  • $1.8B total product donation.

  • 50% women in global workforce.

ICBC

Country: China

Sector: Financials


"By working together with all the parties, we will contribute more to a new chapter of economic, social and environmental development in a sustainable manner."

- Liao Lin, President


Highlights

  • Granted more than RMB430 billion worth loans targeted at poverty alleviation.

  • Balance of green loans exceeded RMB2 trillion.

  • 7,000 young volunteers of the Bank actively participated in community activities.

Intel

Country: USA

Sector: Technology


"I believe deeply in our company and the wonderful future we will create together. Our employees’ technology expertise and passion to have a positive impact in the world every day are what inspire my confidence that we can achieve our objectives for the next decade."

- Pat Gelsinger, CEO


Highlights

  • Achieved 82% renewable energy use.

  • Conserved 7.1 billion gallons of water in operations.

  • $1.2B annual spending with diverse-owned businesses.

Johnson & Johnson

Country: USA

Sector: Health Care


"We at Johnson & Johnson are fully committed to building on our incredible momentum to help healthy families flourish in healthier societies on a healthier planet."

- Alex Gorsky, Chairman and CEO


Highlights

  • By 2025, achieve 50% of women in management positions globally.

  • By 2025, achieve $4.5B Global Impact Spend with small and diverse suppliers.

  • 100% of plastic packaging to be fully reusable and recyclable or compostable by 2025.

JPMorgan Chase

Country: USA

Sector: Financials


"We continually challenge ourselves to find ways to put our business to work for the benefit of all. That is why we’re fully engaged in trying to help solve racial inequality, climate change and the need to advance an inclusive economic recovery."

- Jamie Dimon, Chairman & CEO


Highlights

  • Renewable energy for 100% of global power needs.

  • Facilitating $2.5 trillion over 10 years for climate action.

  • Launched a $30 Billion Racial Equity Commitment.

Lowes Companies

Country: USA

Sector: Consumer Discretionary


"Amid great challenges, we are investing in the strength and prosperity of our communities, growth of our business and development and well-being of our associates. In fact, beyond the training, opportunities for advancement and benefits that have long made Lowe’s an attractive place to work."

- Marvin R. Ellison, President and CEO


Highlights

  • 50% Renewable Energy by 2030.

  • 33% of Executive Leadership team are women.

  • Invested $150 million in local communities through non-profits.

LVMH Moët Hennessy

Country: France

Sector: Consumer Discretionary


"A deep awareness of our influence and a broader search for meaning in everything we do have always guided our actions. A commitment to positive impact has thus naturally joined our other core values, alongside creativity, innovation, the quest for excellence and entrepreneurial spirit."

- Bernard Arnault, Chairman and CEO


Highlights

  • 71% of the Group’s workforce is female, with 64% in management.

  • 50% of Maisons have implemented initiatives to promote the equal rights of LGBTI people.

Mastercard

Country: USA

Sector: Industrials


"Sustainability isn’t possible without everyone’s involvement — that includes major businesses like ours. Making sustainability initiatives commercially viable helps them become a part of everyday commerce and mainstream business practices."

- Michael Miebach, CEO


Highlights

  • 100% renewable electricity.

  • Net zero emissions by 2050.

  • Bringing 1 billion people, 50 million small businesses and 25 million women entrepreneurs into digital economy by 2025.

Medtronic

Country: Ireland

Sector: Health Care


"As stewards of human health and well-being, and with an aspiration to be the undisputed leader in healthcare technology, we need to prioritize sustainability to create a better world. We’ll apply the highest standards of ethics, quality, safety, security, and reliability."

- Geoff Martha, CEO


Highlights

  • Carbon neutral by 2030.

  • 39% of our global management are women.

  • $2.4B spent with small and diverse suppliers in the U.S.

  • 14,000 employees volunteer.

Microsoft

Country: USA

Sector: Technology


"Microsoft stands ready to support our customers, partners, and the world towards a net zero, environmentally sustainable future. And while the shape of what the future holds is unknown, we will continue to build the foundations needed today."

- Brad Smith, President and Vice Chair


Highlights

  • Committed to being carbon negative by 2030.

  • $1 billion Climate Innovation Fund, making direct investments in several companies to help them accelerate and scale their solutions.

Nestlé

Country: Switzerland

Sector: Consumer Staples


"It is in times as challenging as these that we can truly demonstrate how business can be a force for good. This is what Creating Shared Value (CSV) has always been about, focusing energy and resources where we can make the greatest positive impact on people and the planet."

- U. Mark Schneider, CEO


Highlights

  • 100% reusable packaging by 2025 and to net zero by 2050.

  • Working with 500,000 farmers and 150,000 suppliers globally in regenerative agriculture.

NextEra Energy

Country: USA

Sector: Utilities


"Our strategy includes a strong focus on governance and ethics. And it includes a continued commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Today, we can see a path to a completely emissions-free power sector built upon the combination of low-cost renewables with various forms of energy storage."

- Jim Robo Chairman and CEO


Highlights

  • $14.6 B invested in American energy infrastructure.

  • 47% below the national average carbon dioxide emissions rate.

  • Deployed 5 million smart meters.

NIKE

Country: USA

Sector: Consumer Discretionary


"Our goal is, and always will be, for NIKE’s people and purpose to come together for good. At NIKE, we’ll never stop striving for better. Our purpose will always guide us, and our values will always push us forward – toward that better future we believe in."

- John Donahoe, President and CEO


Highlights

  • Invested $89.8 Million in community impact.

  • Women make up 49.5% of total employee base.

  • 100% renewable energy in the U.S. and Canada.

Novartis

Country: Switzerland

Sector: Health Care


"Novartis reached the milestone of delivering 1 billion courses of malaria treatment to endemic countries. We continue to expand access, narrowing the time it takes to scale our latest innovations. Our progress is underscored by improved ESG ratings."

- Vas Narasimhan, CEO


Highlights

  • 34% greenhouse gas emissions reduced vs. 2016 baseline.

  • 766 million Patients reached with Novartis medicines.

  • 300,000 Patients using AI cardio disease app in China.

Novo Nordisk

Country: Denmark

Sector: Health Care


"We are doing more than ever to mitigate our impact on the environment, with a 43% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to pre-pandemic, and an action plan to drive emissions down further in transportation, which is our largest residual source of CO2."

- Lars Fruergaard Jørgensen, CEO


Highlights

  • 96% of total waste is recycled.

  • 100% of power for production sites from renewable energy.

  • Zero CO2 emissions by 2030.

  • 49% women and 51% men, 43% women in leadership positions.

NVIDIA

Country: USA

Sector: Technology


"We need to confront climate change now. Yet, we won’t feel the impact of our efforts for decades. It’s hard to mobilize action for something so far in the future. But we must know our future today — see it and feel it — so we can act with urgency."

- Jenson Huang, CEO


Highlights

  • 100% of global energy use will be from renewable sources by 2025.

  • 40X more energy efficiency with GPUs over traditional CPU servers.

  • 23 of top 25 supercomputers on the November 2021 Green500 powered by NVIDIA.

Oracle

Country: USA

Sector: Technology


"Oracle’s corporate citizenship efforts are steadfast, clear-eyed, and effective. We are proud that our greatest assets—our people and our technology—change lives for the better, every day."

- Safra Catz, CEO


Highlights

  • 100% renewable energy use for Oracle Real Estate and Facilities by 2025.

  • 25% reduction in employee air travel emissions by 2025.

  • 99.6% of electronic waste is reused or recycled.

  • 36,019 Oracle volunteers.

P&G

Country: USA

Sector: Consumer Staples


"I believe P&G is one of the most socially relevant companies on the planet. Together, the people of P&G accept that responsibility."

- Jon R. Moeller, CEO


Highlights

  • 100 million women and babies protected from Maternal Neonatal Tetanus through partnership with UNICEF.

  • 19 Billion liters of clean water provided through Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program.

  • Spending $10 billion with women-owned and women-led businesses through 2025.

Ping An

Country: China

Sector: Financials


"Ping An will actively respond to the national call for carbon neutrality by 2060. We will fully upgrade Ping An Low-Carbon 100 Program, draw up the road maps for scientific carbon neutrality at a faster pace."

- MA Mingzhe, Chairman


Highlights

  • Operational carbon neutrality in 2030.

  • RMB29.834 billion for industrial poverty alleviation.

  • 539,000 volunteers from employees and agents of Ping An.

  • 14,110 Teachers trained and 11,843 Doctors trained.

Prosus

Country: Netherlands

Sector: Technology


"For us, sustainability is a journey, where we start with looking inwards at how we can minimise the possible negative impacts of our own operations as much as possible. We are a dynamic, responsible business committed to creating sustainable value for all our stakeholders."

- Bob van Dijk, CEO


Highlights

  • 200,000 scholarships at 15,000 institutions in 147 countries.

  • Pay practices around the world are fair, competitive and above minimum wage standards.

Royal Bank of Canada

Country: Canada

Sector: Financials


"As one of the largest global financial institutions, we will engage through our people and capabilities in every sector and community to make a difference. RBC is contributing to a more inclusive, sustainable and prosperous future."

- David McKay, President & CEO


Highlights

  • $500 billion in sustainable finance by 2025.

  • Net-zero emissions in our lending by 2050.

  • $100 million commitment to help Black entrepreneurs reach their full potential.

Roche

Country: Switzerland

Sector: Health Care


"Our philosophy is actions rather than words. We are reducing our emissions percent by percent, year after year, and we are doing so faster than the climate protocol stipulates."

- Severin Schwan, CEO

Highlights

  • 72% of electricity from sustainable sources.

  • 44% of women in management.

  • 26,000 employees volunteer.

  • 30% decrease in environmental impact per employee since 2019.

  • Working with Child’s Dream to improve education for children.

Country: USA

Sector: Technology


"I’m proud that Salesforce is one of the few companies to have achieved Net Zero and 100% renewable energy, but we can’t stop until we embrace every solution and get every business on board."

- Marc Benioff, CEO and Chair


Highlights

  • Net Zero company across full value chain and achieved 100% renewable energy.

  • 50% of U.S. employees from underrepresented groups by 2023.

  • $1.5B technology given for free.

Samsung Electronics

Country: South Korea

Sector: Technology


"As a `sustainable, centennial company', we need to grow together with society to ensure we create a lasting legacy for future generations to come. We have worked hard at every level to help our various stakeholders adapt to the new environment as we return to our daily lives in a post-pandemic world."

- Kinam Kim, Vice Chairman and CEO


Highlights

  • Waste from manufacturing sites 95% recycled.

  • 10 million volunteer hours.

  • 4.54 million tonnes of collected E-waste.

SoftBank Group

Country: Japan

Sector: Telecommunication


"I believe the SoftBank Group will continue to help solve global challenges and support the sustainability of humankind and the planet. Our corporate philosophy, “Information Revolution – Happiness for everyone,” embodies our determination to bring happiness to everyone, even to future generations 300 years from now."

- Masayoshi Son, Chairman & CEO


Highlights

  • Carbon neutral by 2030.

  • 42.3% of employees are female.

  • Integrated wide ranging ESG criteria into Investment Process.

Sony Group

Country: Japan

Sector: Consumer Discretionary


"We will continue to manage our businesses with a long-term view centered around our Purpose, and work to create value for the future by drawing on the strength of our diverse businesses and employees."

- Kenichiro Yoshida, Chairman and CEO


Highlights

  • Zero environmental footprint by 2050.

  • $100 million Global Social Justice Fund.

  • Eliminate plastic packaging of newly-designed small products.

TSMC

Country: China

Sector: Technology


"Over the years, TSMC has held its vision of uplifting society. We not only focus on our core business to unleash innovation with ground-breaking thinkers around the world, but also have systematically charted a long-term strategic direction for our ESG."

- Dr. Mark Liu, Chairman


Highlights

  • Waste production among major local suppliers reduced by 29.4%.

  • 100% conflict-free minerals.

  • Achieved net zero emissions for global offices.

  • Reached 95% waste recycling rate for six consecutive years.

Tencent

Country: China

Sector: Technology


"Promoting sustainable innovation for social value, alongside nurturing the consumer internet and embracing the industrial internet are the foundations of the company’s development, and guide all core business. A business can only be sustainable if we give back to the planet and communities that we live in.”

- Ma Huateng, Chairman and CEO


Highlights

  • Tencent has helped over 95,000 charitable projects raise more than RMB11.5 billion (US$1.76 billion).

  • Reduced carbon emissions by 7,477.5 tons a year.

UnitedHealth Group

Country: USA

Sector: Health Care


"As a company, we view sustainability as a core element of our business strategy. We are constantly striving to ensure progress in our efforts by having clear and measurable goals and welcoming the engagement, input and accountability from our many stakeholders."

- Andrew Witty CEO


Highlights

  • 70% Female (global workforce).

  • 56% Females in management positions.

  • $1.1B earned by businesses in our diverse supply chain.

Union Pacific

Country: USA

Sector: Industrials


"As we are growing and learning on our ESG journey we remain 100% committed to our goals, making meaningful progress to those goals each year. We’ve taken significant actions in 2021 toward reaching our ESG goals."

- Lance Fritz, Chairman and CEO


Highlights

  • $522 million spent with 285 diverse suppliers in 37 states.

  • Management new hires: 35% female and 40% people of color.

  • Reduce GHG emissions by 26% by 2030 from a 2018 baseline.

  • 24/7 Employee Assistance Program designed to provide confidential support to employees and their families.

Verizon Communications

Country: USA

Sector: Telecommunication


"Citizen Verizon, our responsible business plan for overall economic, environmental and social advancement, reinforces our strong commitment to addressing the most pressing societal issues of our time – the digital divide, climate change and human prosperity."

- Hans Vestberg, Chairman and CEO


Highlights

  • 100% pay equity for women and men.

  • 529k volunteer hours in 2020.

  • 10M youths provided with digital skills training by 2030.

Visa

Country: USA

Sector: Industrials


"We are embracing a wider purpose relative to our planet, society and economies around the world, local communities and, of course, our shareholders and employees. By living our purpose, Visa can play an even greater role in transforming how the world moves money."

- Alfred F. Kelly, Jr. Chairman and CEO


Highlights

  • Five-year $200 million commitment to support SMBs around the world.

  • Achieved a landfill diversion rate of 54 percent.

  • Visa’s overall board diversity is at 58% and gender diversity at 33%.

  • Digitally enable 50 million small businesses by the end of 2023.

Wells Fargo & Co

Country: USA

Sector: Financials


"Wells Fargo has a significant role to play in delivering practical solutions to urgent challenges. We have the resources, business expertise, ingenuity, and relationships with public and private sector organizations to do so."

- Charlie Scharf, CEO and President


Highlights

  • $500 billion in sustainable financing by 2030.

  • Net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

  • Nearly 9,000 veteran employees work at Wells Fargo.

 

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