Green Rankings 2012: Professional Services

Companies in this sector are involved in a wide range of businesses including human resources, corporate apparel, printing services, security services, and postage machines.

The Professional Services industry stands out for its relatively strong disclosure—a majority of companies in this category responded to the 2012 Carbon Disclosure Project survey. Leading companies are also increasing their portfolio of sustainable products and services in areas such as sustainability consulting and product offerings derived from recycled material. While these options demonstrate an important commitment to sustainable business, roughly half of the industry has yet to adopt a formal environmental-management system that would enable a company to proactively manage environmental challenges and performance. Furthermore, many companies across the industry have not implemented a strong program to reduce their GHG emissions.

 

Key Industry Impacts

 

• Together, greenhouse-gas emissions and general-waste generation and disposal account for more than 78 percent of the total environmental footprint of Professional Services companies.

 

Critical Issue Profile: Emission Reductions

 

The Professional Services sector is exceptionally diverse, and the environmental impact of companies within the sector varies significantly. Yet from printers to postage to security companies, one consistent impact is greenhouse-gas emissions. While the degree of emissions differs across the sub-sectors, all demonstrate the need for improved emission-management programs. Most Professional Services companies have implemented some type of initiative to reduce GHG emissions, yet only 9 percent have deployed a comprehensive emissions-reduction program with quantitative targets and deadlines.

 

 

Industry Ranking: How U.S. Professional Services Companies Stack Up

 

Industry RankCompanyOverall RankIndustry SectorImpactManagementDisclosureGreen Score2011 Green Score
1Manpower16Professional Services89.064.835.972.869.3
2Apollo Group86Professional Services72.367.04.763.261.5
3H&R Block205Professional Services80.941.54.255.556.5
4Robert Half International227Professional Services84.635.04.254.2N/A
5Pitney Bowes234Professional Services59.151.738.153.752.2
6Iron Mountain268Professional Services76.339.70.052.248.3
7Brink's302Professional Services77.834.20.050.450.2
8R. R. Donnelley & Sons352Professional Services49.855.74.247.948.6
9Cintas379Professional Services61.540.54.246.344.3
10Weight Watchers383Professional Services65.636.80.046.145.9