NEWSWEEK Green Score: 75.1%
Environmental Impact: 57.9%
Environmental Management: 88.2%
Transparency & Disclosure: 93.3%
Samsung buys electricity from renewable-energy sources in North America, and in 2010, these purchases amounted to 0.1 percent of the total global electricity purchased. The company’s North American Quality Assurance Laboratory installed a photovoltaic power-generation system that will generate 700,000 kWh of electricity, and will be able to generate up to 80 percent of the facility’s annual power consumption. Samsung launched its Eco-Design Assessment System in 2004, which makes sure that the company’s products meet eco-friendly design standards. The company expanded this concept with an eco-rating system in 2009, with a goal of having every product receive a rating of “Good Eco-Product” by 2013.