Welcome to Greener Change


The free database for corporate sustainability

Access environmental impact data on thousands of companies across a range of categories:


Energy Use

Energy Types | Low Carbon %

Emissions

Scope 1-3 Emissions | Carbon Credits

Water Use

Withdrawals | Discharges | Consumption


A smarter way to do ESG research.


We provide a publicly available database for corporate sustainability, empowering a global community of socially responsible investors, consumers, and employees to advance the greater good.


With greater access to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) data, we all can make more informed—and therefore better—economic decisions, leading to improved shareholder value, consumer protection, and employee loyalty.


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Sunlight is the best disinfectant.

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Percentile

out of 100



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  • Industry

  • # of Peers


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*The raw data used to produce this page was provided by CDP. To access the data in its original form, please contact CDP by directing inquiries to partnerships@cdp.net.

Please see SASB's Sustainable Industry Classification System (SICS) for a breakdown of the industries in each thematic sector.


The scores in the table below consist of values between 0 and 100 denoting each company's performance in a given metric relative to peers in the selected industry, with 0 being the worst and 100 the best score.




*The raw data used to produce this page was provided by CDP. To access the data in its original form, please contact CDP by directing inquiries to partnerships@cdp.net.



Overall Score

out of 100

Industry Rank

Percentile

out of 100

Overall Score

out of 100

Industry Rank

Percentile

out of 100



  • Sector

  • Subsector


  • Industry

  • # of Peers


  • Tables


  • Charts



*The raw data used to produce this page was provided by CDP. To access the data in its original form, please contact CDP by directing inquiries to partnerships@cdp.net.



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The scores in the table below consist of values between 0 and 100 denoting each company's performance in a given metric relative to peers in the selected industry, with 0 being the worst and 100 the best score.




*The raw data used to produce this page was provided by CDP. To access the data in its original form, please contact CDP by directing inquiries to partnerships@cdp.net.

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About the Database


This page outlines how we created our web app. Skip to the bottom for the TLDR version if you have an aversion to math and/or too many details.


Company Selection and Classification

The Greener Change database comprises thousands of the world's largest publicly traded companies (as determined by market capitalization) categorized according to the Sustainable Industry Classification System (SICS) developed by the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). SICS organizes companies with shared sustainability characteristics into a multilevel taxonomy consisting of 10 thematic sectors, 35 subsectors, and 79 industries. Firms may be compared to peers within, but not across, industries. For example, Ford's sustainability performance may be compared to that of General Motors, but not Apple.


Data Collection

Environmental performance data was collected by scraping responses submitted by companies to CDP's annual information requests on both climate change and water. Here, we define the year to represent when data was reported to CDP for the corresponding most recent 12-month period, which generally coincides with the preceding fiscal year. For example, year = 2016 in the Greener Change database corresponds to FY 2015.

Climate Change

  • Scope 1 greenhouse gas emissions
    • total amount
    • types
  • Scope 2 emissions
    • location-based (post-2015)
    • market-based (post-2015)
  • Scope 3 emissions
  • energy usage
    • total amount
    • amount derived from low carbon sources (e.g., wind, solar, etc…)
    • types
  • carbon credits

Water

  • withdrawals
    • total amount
    • sources
  • discharges
    • total amount
    • destinations
  • consumption


Data Normalization and Scoring

In what follows, \(x_{ij}^t\) is used to denote the raw value of company \(i = 1, 2, …, m\) (where \(m\) is the total number of companies in the respective industry) and individual indicator \(j = 1, 2, …, n\) at time \(t\). All environmental performance indicators are first normalized by annual revenue \(r_i^t\) (revenue itself is not normalized as such) to facilitate fair comparisons between small and large companies within a given industry:

\[ \begin{equation} \hat{x}_{ij}^t = \frac{x_{ij}^t}{r_i^t}. \end{equation} \]

The data is then standardized, whereby standard scores (or z-scores) are calculated from the normalized values as

\[ \begin{equation} z_{ij}^t = \pm\frac{\hat{x}_{ij}^t - \hat{\mu}_j^t}{\hat{\sigma}_j^t}, \label{stand} \end{equation} \]

where \(\hat{\mu}_j^t\) (\(\hat{\sigma}_j^t\)) is the average (standard deviation) across companies for normalized indicator \(j\) at time \(t\) and where \(\pm\) denotes the polarity of each indicator (i.e., whether it is advantageous for the raw value in a given category to be low or high). For example, the purchase of carbon credits is an indicator with positive polarity, and therefore the plus sign in Eq. (\ref{stand}) would be used to calculate the z-scores for this indicator. On the other hand, the emission of greenhouse gases is an indicator with negative polarity, and thus the minus sign in Eq. (\ref{stand}) would be used in this circumstance. The polarities of all indicators are given in the table below.

Metric Polarity
Revenue +
Scope 1 Emissions -
Scope 2 Emissions -
Scope 2 Location Emissions -
Scope 2 Market Emissions -
Scope 3 Emissions -
Total Emissions -
Carbon Credits +
Total Energy -
Low Carbon Energy +
Water Withdrawn -
Water Discharged -
Water Consumed -
Water Recycled +
Water Recycled or Reused +


To make the scores easier to comprehend, \(z_{ij}^t\) is rescaled as follows:

\[ \begin{equation} s_{ij}^t = \frac{z_{ij}^t - \min(z_{j}^t)}{\max(z_{j}^t) - \min(z_{j}^t)} \times 100, \label{scale} \end{equation} \]

such that all values lie between 0 and 100, with 0 being the worst and 100 the best score. In the case of only one company from a given industry reporting data on a particular metric, that company receives a score of 100 in that metric.


Overall Scores

Overall scores \(S_{i}^t\) are calculated by totaling the scores of all individual indicators for every company and rescaling following the same procedure as in Eq. (\ref{scale}):

\[ \begin{equation} S_{i}^t = \frac{\sum_{j=1}^{n} s_{ij}^t - \min(\sum_{j=1}^{n} s_{ij}^t)}{\max(\sum_{j=1}^{n} s_{ij}^t) - \min(\sum_{j=1}^{n} s_{ij}^t)} \times 100, \label{overall} \end{equation} \]

such that the overall scores similarly lie between 0 and 100, with 0 being the worst and 100 the best score. The overall score, then, effectively represents an aggregate measure of a company's environmental performance whereby the individual indicators carry equal weight.


Missing Data

Missing values in the data are explicitly denoted in tables by “NA” and in plots as “not available.” The corresponding ranks for missing values are set to NA, as well. To penalize the overall scores of companies that fail to make full disclosures to CDP, missing data is ignored when summing the scores of individual indicators in Eq. (\ref{overall}). Thus, a company effectively receives the worst possible score (zero) for each indicator that it fails to report.


TLDR

We scored and ranked the environmental performance of the world's largest publicly listed companies based on data provided by CDP.

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Frequently Asked Questions


What is Greener Change?

Greener Change is a free source for environmental, social, and governance (ESG) data on the world's largest publicly traded companies, including categories such as:

  • energy use
  • greenhouse gas emissions
  • water use

Our database is designed to promote a greater degree of transparency within our financial markets, helping the public to better assess the true long-term value of businesses that we interact with on a daily basis.


Who is Greener Change for?

Our users are united by a belief in the power of markets to advance the greater good:

  • Impact investors who value environmental and social capital in addition to financial returns
  • Green consumers who are concerned about the sustainability of the products and services they buy
  • Employees who work to balance profitability with social justice and environmental stewardship
  • Companies that seek to compare their sustainability performance to that of their closest competitors
  • Academics and other researchers who study impact investing, ethical consumerism, and corporate social responsibility
  • Sustainability accountants, auditors, and consultants who identify, quantify, and analyze factors affecting the triple bottom line


Why Greener Change and not something else?

Although data providers such as Reuters, MSCI, Bloomberg, Sustainalytics offer services to conduct ESG research, access is prohibitively expensive for all but the largest and wealthiest institutions (e.g., public pension funds and university endowments). Greener Change provides the essential infrastructure and organizational framework for the support and development of a permanently free and open ESG database, to help all stakeholders evaluate the social and environmental performance of publicly held companies.


How much does the Greener Change database cost?

Nothing! It is completely free to access the Greener Change database.


Where is Greener Change?

Durham, NC (aka Bull City and the City of Medicine), proud home of Duke University, Research Triangle Park, the Durham Bulls, and the infamous 11foot8 bridge.


What are the next steps?

This iteration of our site constitutes just the first phase of Greener Change, so bigger and better things are yet to come. We intend to expand the set of ESG factors contained within the database beyond the environmental metrics provided by CDP. To accomplish this, we hope to develop a wiki-like content management system so users can upload and edit data in real-time.

In the bigger picture, we support SASB’s mission to standardize the disclosure of industry-specific sustainability topics for publicly traded corporations as part of annual financial reports and filings, such as the annual 10-K report. The implementation of these sustainability accounting standards depends upon sufficient public demand, which Greener Change hopes to promote and demonstrate through our crowdsourced database project.


Why is the data presented in terms of relative scores/ranks?

First of all, we're not permitted to display the raw, original numbers under existing arrangements with our data providers (lawyers, right!?). Secondly, we think the relative scores and ranks are actually more useful since they allow the data to be interpreted in the proper context more easily. For example, it's nice to know that Ford's total greenhouse gas emissions amounted to 134,010,198 tonne CO2e in 2016, but it's hard to put that number to use without knowing how Ford's emissions compare to that of General Motors and other automobile manufacturers.


Why is there missing data for some companies?

Unfortunately, sustainability accounting standards have yet to be adopted in the same way as financial standards; in many cases, companies are not legally required to disclose most of the information contained in our database. At this point, we are forced to rely on what companies are willing to voluntarily disclose to the public.


How can I participate?

As a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization, Greener Change is supported by users like you. Please help to protect our independence and sustain our mission by making a tax-deductible donation. Thanks!

Volunteers are vital to our success, so please help us spread the word! If you are interested in following our progress, we encourage you to subscribe to our email list, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, connect with us on LinkedIn, and inspire your friends to join us!

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Take Action


If you’re looking for ways to act on the information provided by Greener Change, please see below for a list of suggestions. We’ll be updating the list over time, so be sure to check back for updates.


United As Citizens

Provides investors, customers, and employees with resources on how to change corporate behavior via shareholder resolutions, boycotts, social media, etc.

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This is a human-readable summary of the terms of use. It has no legal effect, but should provide a helpful overview of the full terms of use.


You are free to:

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  • Attribution — you must attribute Greener Change when sharing or reusing material from the website, provide a link to the Greener Change website, and indicate any changes that you have made to the material.
  • Responsibility — you agree that you are responsible for your edits and you warrant that the information that you post to the database is, to the best of your knowledge, accurate.
  • Lawful Behavior — you do not violate any laws while using the Greener Change website and database.
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Preamble

This Master Privacy Policy (“Privacy Policy”) explains the collection, use, and disclosure of “personal information” by Greener Change, a North Carolina Nonprofit Corporation. This Privacy Policy applies to your use of all websites that Greener Change operates, as well as the products, information, and services provided through the website, including the Greener Change account system.

This Privacy Policy also explains our commitment to you with respect to our use and disclosure of non-personal browsing and site usage data that Greener Change collects as the provider of the Services. That commitment is contained in a “Data Usage Policy,” below.

As used in this policy, “personal information” means information that would allow a party to identify you such as, for example, your name, address or location, telephone number, or email address.

By accessing or using any of the Services, you are accepting and agreeing to the practices described in this Privacy Policy.


Our Principles

Greener Change is committed to handling responsibly the information and data we collect about you through our Services, whether personal information or non-personal browsing and site usage data. We have designed our Privacy Policy and our Data Usage Policy consistent with the following principles (the “Principles”):

  • Privacy policies and data collection and use policies should be human readable, comprehensive, and easy to locate;
  • Only the minimum amount of information reasonably necessary to provide you with services should be collected and maintained, and only for so long as reasonably needed or required;
  • Information you provide through our Services, or that we gather as a result of your use of our Services, should not be used for marketing or advertising purposes, nor should it be provided voluntarily (without your permission) to anyone else unless required; and
  • If Greener Change is required to provide a third party with your personal information (whether by subpoena or otherwise), then provided we have collected and retained an email address for you, Greener Change will use reasonable means to notify you promptly of that event, unless prohibited by law or Greener Change is otherwise advised not to notify you on the advice of legal counsel.


Personal Information Greener Change Collects

We may collect personal information through our Services, including without limitation:

  • when you provide us with your personal information such as by sending an email to us or signing up to receive updates from Greener Change;
  • when you donate money to us;
  • when you create a Greener Change account;


What Greener Change Does with Personal Information

Emails and Newsletters. We use the personal information you provide to us when you send us emails or sign up to receive updates from Greener Change in order to respond to your request—for example, to reply to your email or to send you communications about Greener Change news and campaigns.

Donations. When you donate to Greener Change, we use your personal information to process your donation.

When you donate money to us, your personal information will be handled depending on which option you choose. You may donate money to Greener Change directly or through a variety of online payment sites, including PayPal, JustGive.org, Good Search, Network for Good, and Mission Fish, among others. When you use any of those websites and services to donate to Greener Change, your personal information is sent to, handled by and stored by those websites in accordance with their respective privacy policies and terms of use. You should read and understand the privacy policy and terms of use of any website you use to donate to Greener Change. When you donate money to Greener Change directly, we use your personal information to process your donation. When you donate money as part of one of Greener Change’s fundraising campaigns, your name will be published on our “supporters page” unless you request otherwise. If you sign up to receive updates from Greener Change when you provide your donation, we will use your personal information to send you communications about Greener Change news and campaigns.


Participating in Our Community

Registered Users. When you register to obtain a user account (any such person, a “Registered User”), you may be asked to provide personal information to create your account and establish a password and profile. We encourage you to use an alias or nickname if you are not comfortable providing your legal name. The name or nickname you provide in connection with your account may be used to attribute you in connection with any content you submit to any Service. We also use that personal information to establish and maintain your account, to provide you with the features we provide Registered Users, and to email you regarding changes to this policy or other applicable policies. If you sign up to receive updates from Greener Change when you create your account, we will use your personal information to send you communications about Greener Change news and campaigns.

Any other personal information that we may collect which is not described specifically in this Privacy Policy will only be collected and used in accordance with the Principles.


Disclosures of Personal Information

In general, it is not Greener Change’s practice to disclose personal information to third parties. We may share your personal information in two instances:

First, Greener Change may share personal information with our contractors and service providers in order to maintain, enhance, or add to the functionality of the Services.

Second, we may disclose your personal information to third parties in a good faith belief that such disclosure is reasonably necessary to (a) take action regarding suspected illegal activities; (b) enforce or apply our Master Terms of Use and Privacy Policy; (c) comply with legal process, such as a search warrant, subpoena, statute, or court order; or (d) protect our rights, reputation, and property, or that of our users, affiliates, or the public.

If Greener Change is required to provide a third party with your personal information (whether by subpoena or otherwise), then provided we have collected and retained an email address for you, Greener Change will use reasonable means to notify you promptly of that event, unless prohibited by law or Greener Change is otherwise advised not to notify you on the advice of legal counsel.


Security of Personal Information Collected via the Services

Greener Change has implemented reasonable measures to protect against unauthorized access to and unlawful interception or processing of personal information that Greener Change stores and controls. However, no website can fully eliminate security risks. Third parties may circumvent our security measures to unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or private communications. We will post a reasonably prominent notice to the Websites if any such security breach occurs.


Data Usage Policy: Non-Personal Browsing and Site Usage Information

Our Data Usage Policy covers how we maintain and use information about you that is collected by our Services, including when you log into a website using your Greener Change account.

Non-Personal Browsing Information We Collect

When you use the Services, our servers (which may be hosted by a third party service provider) may collect information indirectly and automatically (through, for example, the use of your “IP address”) about your activities while visiting the Websites and information about the browser you are using. In addition, whenever you use your Greener Change account to log into a website, our servers (which, again, may be hosted by a third party service provider) may keep a log of the websites you visit and when you visit them.

No Linking

We do not intentionally link browsing information or information from our Greener Change account server logs to the personal information you submit to us. We use this information for internal purposes only, such as to help understand how the Services are being used, to improve our Services, and for systems administration purposes. Greener Change may use a third party analytics provider to help us collect and analyze non-personal browsing information through operation of our Services for those same purposes.

No Selling or Sharing

Except in the unique situations identified in this Privacy Policy, Greener Change does not sell or otherwise voluntarily provide the non-personal browsing information we collect about you or your website usage to third parties.

No Access

As the Greener Change account service provider, Greener Change could technically access your web-based account tied to our Greener Change account service, and could log in on behalf of any of its users to any of the accounts they have accessed using their Greener Change account. Greener Change will never use this technical login ability for any purpose unless otherwise required by law.

No Retention

Greener Change discards non-personal browsing information from our Greener Change account server logs once we have used the information for the limited purposes noted above, under “No Linking.”

Notice

If Greener Change is required to provide a third party with your non-personal browsing information or to log in on behalf of a user (whether by subpoena or otherwise), then Greener Change will use reasonable means to notify you promptly of that event, unless Greener Change is prohibited by law from doing so or is otherwise advised not to notify you on the advice of legal counsel.

Any other non-personal information that we collect which is not described specifically in this Privacy Policy will only be collected and used in accordance with the Principles.


Reorganization or Spin-Offs

Greener Change may transfer some or all of your personal and/or non-personal browsing information to a third party as a result of a reorganization, spin-off, or similar transaction. Upon such transfer, the acquirer’s privacy policy will apply. In such event, Greener Change will use reasonable efforts to notify you and to ensure that at the time of the transaction the acquirer’s privacy policy complies with the Principles.


Children

The Services are not directed at children under the age of 13. Consistent with the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), we will never knowingly request personal information from anyone under the age of 13 without requiring parental consent. Our Master Terms of Use specifically prohibit anyone using our Services from submitting any personally identifiable information about persons under 13 years of age. Any person who provides their personal information to Greener Change through the Services represents that they are 13 years of age or older.


Third-Party Sites

The Services may include links to other websites. You should consult the respective privacy policies of these third-party sites. This Privacy Policy does not apply to, and we cannot control the activities of, such other websites.


Special Note to International Users

The Services are hosted in the United States. Please note that your personal data may be located on servers in the United States. By providing your personal data you consent to the use of your personal data for the uses identified above in accordance with the Privacy Policy.


Changes and Updates to this Privacy Policy

We may occasionally update this Privacy Policy. When we do, we will also revise the Effective Date below. We encourage you to periodically review this Privacy Policy to stay informed about how we are protecting the personal information we collect. Your continued use of the Services constitutes your agreement to this Privacy Policy and any updates.