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Agilent Places 59 in the 2013 Global 100 List of Most Sustainable Large Corporations

The Global 100 is an annual project initiated by Corporate Knights Inc.

The Global 100 is the most extensive data-driven corporate sustainability assessment in existence, and inclusion is limited to a select group of the top 100 large-cap companies in the world. Launched in 2005, the annual Global 100 is announced each year during the World Economic Forum in Davos. The Global 100 methodology for evaluating companies' sustainability or "clean capitalism" performance was cited as a leading global practice (by SustainAbility in their Rate the Raters research program, Phase 4).

 

 

Commenting on this year’s Global 100, Toby Heaps, Corporate Knights CEO, remarked, “the
Global 100 are leading a resource productivity revolution, transforming waste into treasure
and doing more with less. They are steering our civilization away from ecological overshoot
and back to a place of balance with our planet.”
 
He added, “on carbon, water, energy, and waste, the Global 100 are on track to double their
resource productivity by 2025 in two‐thirds of the cases, and in an era of peak commodity
prices, this makes as many dollars as it does sense.”
 
Corporate Knights uses its flagship Global 100 ranking and the underlying research
methodology to explore ‘sustainable’ investment strategies with investors.
Doug Morrow, the VP Research at Corporate Knights, says, “the Global 100 is one of the few
equity indexes that we are aware of that has outperformed the MSCI All Country World Index
(ACWI) –the Global 100’s benchmark—by over 900 bps over the last 8 years. It turns out that
our methodology for stock selection in the Global 100 is a strong proxy for corporate
operational efficiency, which has been an increasingly important driver of stock returns in
recent years.”
 
Corporate Knights collected data for the project primarily from Bloomberg and through direct
engagement with the 350 companies that made the project’s shortlist, selected from the
project’s starting universe of all global mid and large cap stocks (numbering approximately
4,000).
 
The Global 100 uses a two‐step methodology. First, companies from the starting universe are
screened according to their sustainability disclosure practices, financial health, product types
and recent legal payouts. Those companies that remain are then scored, relative to their same‐
sector peers, on a set of key performance indicators (KPIs). A different suite of KPIs is used for
companies in each industry, depending on recent reporting trends in each industry group.
Added Morrow, “we feel that the sustainability data that flows into our Global 100 research
model, once properly cleansed, can contain hidden and statistically robust signals about
companies’ future financial performance. It is a vastly underutilized source of competitive
information on Wall Street and in the asset management community worldwide.”
 
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