The 2016 Sustainability Rankings

Monday, July 11, 2016

By Site Selection Magazine

What if the term “ecosystem” were an accurate description of your company or region, rather than a wrung-out business metaphor?

That proposition lies behind Site Selection’s 2016 Sustainability rankings.

Reprising and upgrading rankings we published every summer from 2010 through 2013, this data-rich, one-of-a-kind index balances a number of factors comprising cleantech and green industry activity, energy awareness, the built environment, redevelopment of polluted sites, policy, and human well-being and quality of life.

In other words, like Site Selection’s other rankings, the 2016 Sustainability Rankings reflect where the action is, and where the dirty work of cleaner living is taking place, whether by dint of a new factory making solar panels, a new city incentive for energy-efficient buildings, increased renewable energy deployment or intensified brownfield cleanup activity.

Firms with Perspective

The 2016 Sustainability Rankings include a unique indicator from CSRHub, whose co-founder and CEO Bahar Gidwani cross-matched three years of global facility investment data from Site Selection’s Conway Projects Database with his firm’s rich data measuring corporate social responsibility (CSR) perceived performance among more than 16,000 companies around the world. That treasure trove of data also tracks where high-CSR companies are headquartered.

The result: A valuable window onto where socially responsible companies are already headquartered or currently investing. At the country level, Finland, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, the UK and Denmark are among the expected top performers, while the presence of such countries as Colombia, Nigeria, and Pakistan may surprise some. At the US state level, states with what might be called a high CSR factor included California and Oregon, but also such states as Michigan, Kansas and Georgia.

“We hope that the information will start a conversation on this subject that is useful for those who are tasked with selecting which companies to encourage to site in a state,” says Gidwani. “We believe the information may also be interesting to companies who seek to locate new facilities in an environment that fits their culture and social goals.”

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