Approximately 55% of Americans own stocks, either individually or part of a mutual fund or retirement account.
A stock, or equity, is a portion of a corporation (typically public traded corporation) which can be owned and traded by an individual investor. Stocks generate return through appreciation (increase in stock price) and, sometimes, income (dividends). In the US, the two major stock exchanges are the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and NASDAQ. There are approximately 3,670 publicly traded corporations listed on the US stock market.
There are a two noteworthy overarching “most sustainable corporation” lists. The first is the Global 100 Most Sustainable Companies in the World created by Corporate Knights, a sustainability-focused financial information company and magazine. The corporations are ranked based on 21 indicators. The American companies which made the Global 100 list are listed in the table below.
Corporate Knights Top US Corporations on the Global 100 Most Sustainable Companies List
|4||Cisco Systems Inc|
|15||Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co|
|22||McCormick & Company|
|47||Sims Metal Management Ltd|
|78||Merck & Co Inc|
|82||Analog Devices Inc|
|93||Campbell Soup Company|
The second notable list is the 100 Most Sustainable Companies List of US publicly traded corporations created by Barron’s, weekly magazine/newspaper published by Dow Jones & Company, and Calvert, a sustainable investment management company. Rankings are based on 280 environmental, social, and governance factors. The top 20 corporations can be seen below.
Barron’s & Calvert Top 20 Most Sustainable Companies in the US
|18||United Parcel Service|
There are multiple investment research companies which provide environmental, social, and governance (ESG) ratings for corporations. One of those companies, MSCI, has made publicly available its ESG data for all publicly traded corporations. ESG data provided by Sustainalytics for more than 2,000 publicly traded corporations is also available on Yahoo Finance.
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