The UK-based Sunday Times puts together an annual list of the 'Best Companies to Work For'. For the first time, The Sunday Times has put together a 'Green List 2008', the newspaper's first competition to find companies that are striving to improve their environmental performance.
The Sunday Times say they launched this venture to reflect the changing mood in the business world, as today it is not enough simply to make a profit for shareholders. Companies have a wider responsibility to ensure that they minimise the environmental impact of what they do. Consumers, clients and peers expect it.
According to The Sunday Times, the 50 companies listed in the Green List 2008 are all pioneers — "enterprising, enlightened and fizzing with new ideas". They vary from Greencare H2O, a business employing just 50 people distributing watercoolers, to the banking giant HBOS, which has a staff of 74,000. The one thing that unites these diverse companies is the common sense of purpose about their corporate social responsibility.
Interestingly, 3 of the top 10 companies are construction and arichtectual firms: Carillion (2), Skanska UK (5) and MCM Architecture (9). For the full top 50 Green List 2008 list click here.