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CLAREMONT, Calif. -- According to a recent report released by The Roberts Environmental Center of Claremont McKenna College, Chevron topped the list of public California companies for overall sustainability.
"We were surprised to see companies like Google with such low scores while many of the oil companies scored quite high," J. Emil Morhardt, director of Roberts Environmental Center, said in a released statement. "It's a lot like the tree falling in the forest conundrum -- companies that perform admirably, but don't communicate their efforts get the same scores as companies that don't even think about these issues," he continued. "We hope this report encourages socially responsible companies to be more vocal about their efforts while encouraging companies that have not addressed sustainability issues to step up."
The Roberts Environmental Center of Claremont McKenna College studied the ways in which public California companies used their Web pages to communicate their environmental and social efforts using the Pacific Sustainability Index.
Chevron, Cisco Systems Advanced Micro Devices Inc., Agilent Technologies and Occidental Petroleum took the top five slots for overall environmental and sustainability reporting. Rounding out the bottom were Earle M. Jorgensen, VeriSign, Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., Ryland Group Inc. and Google.
Chevron, which received an A+, earned kudos for its reporting on environmental and social intent, but was knocked for lack of environmental data, such as for recycling, waste and water. "A more comprehensive historical comparison would increase the report's transparency," the report stated.