Johannesburg - Standard Bank Group [JSE:SBK] has been ranked
South Africa’s greenest company in the 2012 Newsweek Green Rankings.
Standard Bank was ranked 21st globally in the Financial
Sector category and 64th overall. Other South African companies included in the
rankings were MTN Group [JSE:MTN]‚ The Bidvest Group [JSE:BVT] and Sasol
Newsweek‚ an international weekly news magazine‚ publishes
the Green Rankings annually‚ focusing on the largest publicly traded companies
in America (US 500 list) and worldwide (Global 500 list). Each list consists of
the largest 500 companies by revenue‚ market capitalisation‚ and number of
employees‚ as at 30 June 2012.
To produce the 2012 Green Rankings‚ Newsweek collaborated
with leading environmental research providers‚ Trucost and Sustainalytics‚ to
assess each company's environmental footprint‚ management of that footprint‚
Companies on each of the US 500 and Global 500 lists are
ranked by their overall Green Score. This is derived from three component
scores: Environmental Impact‚ Environmental Management‚ and Environmental
Disclosure‚ weighted at 45%‚ 45%‚ and 10% respectively.
All scores are out of a possible 100. Standard Bank’s
overall score was 71.7‚ with its Environmental Impact scoring 81.6
Environmental Management 58.7‚ and Environmental Disclosure 86.4.
More than 700 metrics‚ including emissions of nine key
greenhouse gases‚ water use‚ solid waste disposal‚ and emissions that
contribute to acid rain and smog‚ are factored into the Environmental Impact
The Environmental Management Score assesses how a company
manages its environmental performance through policies‚ programmes‚ targets‚
The Environmental Disclosure Score evaluates the breadth and
quality of company environmental reporting of their material impacts as well as
company involvement in key transparency initiatives such as the Global
Reporting Initiative and Carbon Disclosure Project.
Karin Ireton‚ Head: Sustainability Management at Standard
Bank Group‚ said the ranking was recognition of Standard Bank’s approach to
embedding sustainability thinking into the way it does business.
“We believe business has an important role to play in
greening our economy and we are at the forefront with innovations in financing
of energy efficiency‚ the roll out of solar water heaters and South Africa’s
renewable energy programme. We are also investing in the social capital of this
country‚ building the capabilities of our staff and partnering with others to
address the need for agricultural financing and infrastructure in Africa.”