BENTON HARBOR, MICH.—Whirlpool Corp. has risen in the Newsweek Green Rankings to 50 and 82 on the national and global lists respectively. The rankings assess the environmental performance of the largest publicly traded companies in the United States and the world. This year, Whirlpool Corp. was classified as a “top-ranked company,” a designation awarded to fewer than 100 companies on either list.
“The people at Whirlpool Corporation continuously strive to protect the planet by being more efficient in how we build innovative products that consume less energy,” said Ron Voglewede, Director of Global Sustainability for Whirlpool Corp. “This distinction is a testament to our commitment to sustainability, which spans our supply chain and sustainable material sourcing initiatives, to our goal of sending zero waste to landfills, and manufacturing products that have a low environmental impact for consumers to use in their own homes. We are proud of all we continue to achieve in sustainability initiatives corporation-wide.”
Earlier this year, Whirlpool Corp. released its 2016 Sustainability Report, highlighting the company’s current sustainability programs and accomplishments. With goals to increase sustainable practices, Whirlpool Corp. exceeded its own objectives to reduce both energy and water intensity from manufacturing by 15 percent. Those goals were met three years ahead of the original goal of 2020.
Whirlpool Corp. also completed construction on wind farms at its Ottawa and Marion, Ohio plants with plans to construct additional turbines at the company’s plants throughout the United States. Once construction at the Ottawa and Marion, Ohio plants is complete, Whirlpool Corp. expects to be one of the largest users of on-site wind energy of any Fortune 500 company in the United States.
Newsweek Green Rankings is one of the most recognized assessments of the world’s largest publicly traded companies when it comes to environmental performance. Both the U.S. and global lists take the following factors into account: Energy Productivity, Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Productivity, Water Productivity, Waste Productivity, Green Revenue, Sustainability Pay, Sustainability Board Committee and Audited Environmental Metrics. Monetary Fines and Potentially Harmful Products or Services may deduct from a company’s final score.