Australian bank Westpac won the top spot in a list of ‘Global 100’ sustainable corporations ahead of US pharma firm Biogen.
A number of oil and gas companies featured: Norway’s Statoil came fourth, Anglo-Dutch firm Shell narrowly missed making the top 50 and British oil firm BG was ranked 71st.
Energy provider Centrica was the highest placed UK firm, bagging 26th place followed by Yorkshire-based chemicals firm Croda International (28th). Oxford electronics firm Electrocomponents came 63rd and the London Stock Exchange was 81st.
News group British Sky Broadcasting, clothing firm H&M, the brand house Unilever and efficiency technology firm Johnson Controls also featured.
All listed companies with valued more than $2 billion were considered and scored on 12 areas ranging from energy and water use, such as the amount of revenue companies get per unit of energy use, to the ratio of CEO to average worker salary and tax strategy.
The top 100 was released at the World Economic Forum in Davos by Toronto investment advisors Corporate Knights.