Companies reporting environmental data doubles

The number of companies reporting environmental and social information nearly doubled between 2012 and 2014, suggests the latest Sustainability Yearbook. In 2014, 15.3% of firms put key sustainability details in […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The number of companies reporting environmental and social information nearly doubled between 2012 and 2014, suggests the latest Sustainability Yearbook.

In 2014, 15.3% of firms put key sustainability details in their annual reports, rising from 8.8% in 2012.

This statistic in the Sustainability Index released today is based on 1,813 companies assessed for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices 2014.

Put together by investment advisors RobecoSAM, the yearbook ranked 1,995 listed companies on their corporate sustainability.

British energy equipment firm AMEC and United Utilities are among the six UK firms which made it into the yearbook.

Other UK-based high-fliers according to today’s index were Royal Mail, British American Tobacco, machinery manufacturers CNH Industrial and household products maker Reckitt Benckiser.

The yearbook also reveals European firms are in the lead when it comes to reporting on their environmental efforts such as energy use, with emerging markets the runner up for sustainability reports.