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September 21, 2009

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Michael Brown

I agree that this is a great first effort. It's incredibly hard to do this kind of analysis and ranking. Kudos to them. Your discussion of the relative weight given to environmental impact vs policies vs reputation is especially pertinent. Lest we forget, all organizations are in some ways built on their value chains (supply chains, distribution chains, and customers and consumers). That banks and financial institutions rank best on environmental impact and energy companies rank worst is no surprise, but the reality is that the two industries are intimately entwined in each other's value chains. A future iteration has to figure out how to incorporate such value chains such that banking or tech doesn't get a pass on the dirty job of mining and drilling and energy companies don't get all the burdens.

A. Davidson

It's interesting that they see banks as being fairly clean; exactly how do they think the power companies pay for their [insert capitol project here] coal fired power plants?

However, it's nice to see the depth of the data used, better than I expected.

Peter Knight

Joel, you’re so right about the value being in those calls from the C-suite. At least this time the recipients can’t blame sloppy methodologies. Newsweek’s is not perfect, but at least it makes a sincere attempt at rigor.

N. Shaw

Joel, do you know of any comparable rankings for private companies?

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It's interesting that they see banks as being fairly clean; exactly how do they think the power companies pay for their [insert capitol project here] coal fired power plants?

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