Not all companies are rewarded for their eco-conscious ways. Whether due to lack of marketing or inflexible consumer perception, the companies we considered to be undervalued had relatively high scores on the Newsweek Green Rankings compared to relatively low marks on the 2012 Green Brands survey, a consumer perception study conducted by Penn Schoen Berland and Landor Associates.
Many of these companies are in the IT or financial-services sectors, which are not typically thought to be green. But they are all committed to low-carbon economic solutions and support eco-friendly systems that could facilitate future economic growth. To land on this list, companies had to rank among the top 25 percent in the Green Rankings, but score below average in the Green Brands survey. They are ordered according to the size of the gap between their Newsweek Green Score and their Green Brands Reputation Score (both scores are out of 100).
The Reputation Score is based on the 2012 Green Brands Survey. Penn Schoen Berland (PSB), in conjunction with Landor Associates, conducted an online poll of 8,743 Americans 18 and older. The data were weighted to ensure a representative sample of the U.S. population. The study has an overall margin of error of +/-1 percent. Each respondent was asked to evaluate a random selection of 13-15 major brands with which they were familiar, on questions pertaining to qualities of the brand and its “green” behavior. Data were collected about the largest 215 U.S. consumer-facing brands and 36 major foreign consumer brands. PSB then calculated the Reputation Score based on these responses.
Check out the complete results of the 2012 Green Brands survey to see the full list of companies ranked by their consumer reputation.
The Green Rankings were created in 2009 with ASAP Media, a New York City media development firm founded by editors Peter W. Bernstein (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Annalyn Swan (email@example.com). It specializes in creating magazine, book, and online content.