Green Company Lists: Tools to Identify Potential Green Employers
Green Career Tip of the Week
As we pass the fourth anniversary of launching Green Career Central, I've been thinking back to what green job seekers faced as they navigated their options just four years ago. In today's article I celebrate a number of new resources that will help you identify companies that are deemed to be green thanks to a variety of research-based reports.
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Tip of the Week: Green Company Lists: Tools to Identify Potential Green Employers
Last week I was updating a presentation I give about how to find green companies.
When I started Green Career Central in 2007 there were very few green companies, beyond the occasional top ten lists for growing industries compiled on the basis of buzz in the industry.
Needless to say, this lack of lists made it difficult for job seekers to create their own list of target companies. They had to dig into a variety of resources, including media mentions, industry blogs, Google alerts, investor data, and green business directories, to surface companies that might match their target employment goals.
Although you'll still need to do a bit of your own research using the same resources as before, you've now got several research-based lists to use as a starting point.
Time Saving Tip: Rather than search through all of these companies to find possible candidates for your list of target companies, start by identifying your target green industry and geographic area. The more information you know about your ideal position, the easier it will be to use the search features on these lists to identify companies that match your interests.
Build Your Target List of Green Companies
1) Newsweek Green Company Rankings - Click on the headings to sort the data based on any of the following categories: Rank, company, country, industry sector, green score, environmental impact score, environmental management, and disclosure. Reading about the methodology will help you understand the meaning of the various scores.
a. Top 500 US Green Companies
b. 15 Greenest Companies
c. Top 500 Global Green Companies
2) GreenBiz.com's State of Green Biz 2011 Report - This report that summarizes the most important trends of the previous year is released every February. Each section of the report highlights key companies making significant progress. Highly recommend reading this report from cover to cover to get a sense of the green economy in general while also scanning the appropriate sections of the report for possible companies.
3) Certified B Corps - A new legal structure is gaining traction in the US. According to the website, B Corps use "the power of business to solve social and environmental problems." You can check out the 476 companies that are currently B Corps. Use the tabs on this page to slice and dice the data by industry, state, affiliations, and impact. Click on a map for a visual representation of where these companies are located.
4) Climate Counts - This site helps consumers understand how companies in various sectors stack up when it comes to combating climate change. This report is helpful to see which companies are just starting their efforts and which companies are making progress within a particular industry sector. Their latest data are to be released today, December 7, 2011.
5) State Report - This is the first time I've found a list of green companies that exist in a particular state. No surprise that this report comes out of Oregon.
6) Product Report - In some cases you can glean valuable information about which companies are green by seeing how the companies' products stack up. In the Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics you'll learn some interesting information about how green (or not green) a variety of electronics companies are.
Copyright 2011, Transition Dynamics Enterprises, Inc
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