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Ford, Timberland Earn Kudos for Sustainability Reporting
May 1, 2008
May 1, 2008 - Ford and Timberland are sharing top honors for best sustainability reporting in North America this year, snagging a best-practice award from the Ceres coalition and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Now in its seventh year, the Ceres-ACCA North American awards highlight sustainability reporting by organizations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Ford and Timberland beat out 87 competitors for the top award.
"The Ceres-ACCA Awards do not reward rhetoric," says Mindy S. Lubber, president of Ceres. "These reports articulate ambitious goals, make the business case for sustainability, discuss areas for improvement, and reflect the feedback - both laudatory and critical - of key external stakeholders."
Ford's 2006-7 sustainability report was cited for disclosing specific metrics on greenhouse gas emissions, such as benchmarking fleet tailpipe emissions per vehicle against industry averages, and for communicating data effectively in both print and online formats. (Ford recently placated concerned investorsby revealing exactly how it plans to reach its stated goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its new vehicle fleet by at least 30% by 2020.)
Timberland's 2006 CSR report earned plaudits for providing a "comprehensive dashboard of key performance indicators and trends," and for strong disclosure on supply chain issues such as factory location, factory growth, and the company s supplier monitoring, assessment, and remediation program.
Canada's Suncor Energy earned a commendation for climate reporting, and Dell got the nod for reporting on product stewardship. Gap, Hewlett-Packard, Starbucks, Nike, and Weyerhaeuser were among the 21 other companies short-listed for awards.
Find details on this year's Ceres/ACCA award winners here.