Some of the world’s top employers are also making serious moves when it comes to sustainability. If you’re looking for a job, you might consider these green employers, regardless of your current industry.
So without further delay, here are Carbon Chronicle’s top 10 green employers:
By revenue, Microsoft is the world’s largest cloud provider. And they are working hard to make their data centers greener: by 2020, Microsoft has committed to 60% renewable power for their cloud servers.
Moreover, the Seattle-based software giant has instituted an internal carbon tax in order to incentivize business units to cut their emissions. The initiative is an innovative way that companies could potentially encourage greener behavior in a bottom-up fashion. These factors earned Microsoft the title of greenest employer.
L’Oreal has introduced a Sustainable Product Optimization Tool, which tracks the environmental and social impacts of products across their supply chains. The goal is not only to identify potential areas of improvement, but also to predict the impacts of future products.
Furthermore, between 2005 and 2016, the French cosmetics company increased its production volume by 34% while cutting emissions by 67%.
Another tech giant earns our third spot. You might think that as a hardware company, Dell’s reliance on precious metals would preclude it from making this list. However, because of the company’s impressive sales volume, it has huge potential to reduce the environmental impact of its use of precious metals.
Case in point: in 2018, Dell began using recycled gold from e-waste in its products. Furthermore, the company has operated a closed-loop recycling program for plastics for several years. On top of that, 90% of waste created in Dell-operated buildings is diverted from landfills.
In September 2015, Siemens became the first global industrial to commit to carbon neutrality by 2030. Since the launch of the program, Siemens has already reduced its carbon emissions by 25%.
Moreover, the German manufacturer has invested in a number of green technologies. The most prominent of these has been its windmill-producing subsidiary, Siemens Gamesa.
Similar to Microsoft, Google has done a lot to increase the energy efficiency of its data centers. But for the purposes of this post, Google makes the list because it repeatedly tops lists of the best places to work. Its campus in Mountain View offers legendary amenities to employees and attracts some of the top engineers in the world.
Tesla makes the list because, well, Tesla electric cars are just cool. In all seriousness, Elon Musk’s car company has made luxury electric vehicles a relatively affordable reality. This could have huge repercussions on carbon emissions in the future.
As several analyses have shown, in almost all power generation mix scenarios, EVs are less polluting than conventional cars including emissions along their supply chain. With increasing integration of renewables into the grid, EVs are set to become an even greener choice. To that end, Solar City, a solar panel manufacturer, is a 100% subsidiary of Tesla.
While Starbucks seemingly produces a massive amount of plastic waste, the coffee giant has done a lot to reduce its environmental impact. In a partnership with McDonald’s, Starbucks has begun a project to create a compostable coffee cup. Moreover, plans are in place to create 10,000 green coffee shops by 2025. The shops include initiatives to increase renewable energy usage, cut down waste, and reduce water consumption.
Employees: 1.5 million (including franchises)
How can a fast-food chain that sells so much beef be on the list of green employers? Well, McDonald’s also happens to sell tons of coffee, and in 2018, 84% of its coffee sold in the US was sustainably sourced. The company is committed to 100% sustainably sourced coffee in all of its restaurants globally by 2020.
Moreover, McDonald’s has promised that its packaging will be 100% renewable, recyclable, or certified sources by 2025. For the amount of packaging they produce, that is an stunning commitment.
Here’s another pick that might seem unconventional, given IKEA’s heavy use of wood in its products. But again, due to the volume of its sales, IKEA has the potential to drastically reduce rain forest depletion by changing how it makes furniture. And it is doing just that. In 2018, the Swedish manufacturer finished planting 3 million trees in Malaysia.
Furthermore, IKEA has begun to offer consumer products at its stores that help households save water and energy.
Rounding out the list is Salesforce. The customer relationship software company already achieved net zero carbon emissions in 2017. On top of that, Salesforce ranked as Fortune Magazine’s top company to work for in 2018, making it a solid choice for anyone looking for a green employer.