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Climate Change is a Central Issue to Top-Ranked Companies in Newsweek's 2010 Green Rankings Partner Dell Ranked #1; Staples, Motorola, Samsung and Unilever Also Earn High Rankings

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Categories: Corporate Social Responsibility, Environment

Posted: Oct 18, 2010 – 06:21 PM EST


SILVER SPRING, Md., Oct. 18 /CSRwire/ - Three out of the four US companies with the largest carbon-reduction programs with, Staples and Motorola--are ranked in the top of Newsweek's latest green rankings for US companies. partners Samsung and Unilever are ranked in the top global companies. As the leading nonprofit climate solutions organization, has helped these top-ranked companies and over 1,700 other partners reduce their climate impact.

The rankings take into account companies' climate change policies and performance. Dell ranked #1 for US companies. The company partnered with in establishing its Plant a Tree Program to reduce carbon emissions in the atmosphere and engage consumers on environmental sustainability.

Dell's Plant a Tree Program enables consumers to plant trees to reduce emissions, restore habitats and protect the biodiversity of animal and plant species. The program was launched in 2007 and is restoring ecologically critical areas like the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley of the US.

Dell Chairman and CEO Michael Dell made the following statement about the rankings. "Dell's focus on environmental stewardship and sustainability helps us to be a more responsible partner to our customers." He continued, "The efficiencies we can all achieve through the use of greener products, solutions, services and programs should be an integral part of every corporate culture. This ranking is the result of a long-standing commitment that remains at the heart of Dell and the work we do in service of our customers."

Eric Carlson, President, said, "'s partners represented on the Newsweek rankings are outstanding examples for other US and global corporations in addressing their climate impact as part of their sustainability initiatives. These companies are setting the pace in reducing the carbon footprint of their businesses and demonstrating leadership in fighting climate change--the greatest environmental problem facing the world today."'s business programs help reduce the carbon footprint of operations, products, shipping, events and websites, and can be customized for specific goals and needs. For example, Staples has partnered with to further reduce the carbon footprint of certain ENERGY STAR qualified products by offsetting the average energy consumed over three years of use in support of reforestation.

Motorola has certified products carbon neutral, including the manufacturing, distribution and operation of phones like the new Motorola CITRUS™, with's CarbonFree® Product Certification Program. Meanwhile, Samsung, which received a Corporate Climate Leadership Award for making the World Cyber Games Grand Final carbon neutral this year, and Unilever have reduced the carbon footprint of company-sponsored events by offsetting in support of's carbon-reduction projects.

Carlson said, "We're seeing more inquiries about carbon-reduction projects every year, with the strongest consistent interest from the transportation and electronics sectors. It's not just about the rankings; the more interesting story is that corporate climate programs are going mainstream."

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