Least Green Companies in America: Photos

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From KeyCorp to Monsanto, the least eco-friendly companies in the U.S.

Using exclusive data and in-depth research, Newsweek ranks the most environmentally unfriendly companies based on ecological impact and corporate management.

The companies that scored lowest in Newsweek’s Green Rankings fall into a number of predictable industries: energy, food and beverage, materials, and utilities, for example. That’s partly because these are particularly dirty sectors, but also because these firms aren’t doing as much as their competitors to reduce their footprints and be transparent about their efforts. More surprisingly, there are also a few financial-services companies at the very bottom. In many cases, their investment portfolios include companies that have environmentally damaging activities, such as coal mining or gas drilling, and our rankings took this into account, consistent with the latest reporting standards.

To compile this ranking of the least green big companies in America, we filtered out the companies that scored lowest in Newsweek’s 2011 Green Rankings. The list is designed to cut through the green chatter and compares the environmental footprint, management (policies, initiatives, controversies), and transparency of the largest 500 companies in the U.S. We partnered with two leading environmental research organizations, Trucost and Sustainalytics, to conduct this study, and the methodology was developed in consultation with an advisory panel of corporate sustainability experts.

R. Rowe Price

Industry Sector: Financials

NEWSWEEK Green Score: 19.9%

Environmental Impact: 0.3%

Environmental Management: 42.9%

Transparency & Disclosure: 4.2%

BlackRock Dale de la Rey / Bloomberg via Getty Images

Industry Sector: Financials

NEWSWEEK Green Score: 20.7%

Environmental Impact: 0.2%

Environmental Management: 44.8%

Transparency & Disclosure: 4.2%

Monsanto Nigel Treblin / Getty Images

Industry Sector: Materials

NEWSWEEK Green Score: 22.8%

Environmental Impact: 8.9%

Environmental Management: 28.7%

Transparency & Disclosure: 59.1%

Invesco CHRIS WILSON

Industry Sector: Financials

NEWSWEEK Green Score: 23.2%

Environmental Impact: 3.9%

Environmental Management: 43.8%

Transparency & Disclosure: 16.7%

Consol Energy Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg via Getty Images

Industry Sector: Energy

NEWSWEEK Green Score: 24.8%

Environmental Impact: 11.9%

Environmental Management: 32.1%

Transparency & Disclosure: 50.0%

Earns Archer Daniels Midland Seth Perlman

Industry Sector: Food, Beverage & Tobacco

NEWSWEEK Green Score: 26.0%

Environmental Impact: 12.5%

Environmental Management: 44.3%

Transparency & Disclosure: 4.2%

Ameren Bill Greenblatt / Newscom

Industry Sector: Utilities

NEWSWEEK Green Score: 26.3%

Environmental Impact: 11.0%

Environmental Management: 43.4%

Transparency & Disclosure: 17.9%

Bunge BTim Boyle / Bloomberg via Getty Images

Industry Sector: Food, Beverage & Tobacco

NEWSWEEK Green Score: 27.0%

Environmental Impact: 7.1%

Environmental Management: 52.8%

Transparency & Disclosure: 0.0%

Earns Peabody Energy Jeff Roberson

Industry Sector: Energy

NEWSWEEK Green Score: 27.6%

Environmental Impact: 0.4%

Environmental Management: 48.0%

Transparency & Disclosure: 57.9%

Ralcorp

Industry Sector: Food, Beverage & Tobacco

NEWSWEEK Green Score: 28.4%

Environmental Impact: 28.6%

Environmental Management: 34.6%

Transparency & Disclosure: 0.0%

First Energy Robert Nickelsberg / Getty Images

Industry Sector: Utilities

NEWSWEEK Green Score: 28.6%

Environmental Impact: 15.6%

Environmental Management: 46.6%

Transparency & Disclosure: 6.1%

Scana

Industry Sector: Utilities

NEWSWEEK Green Score: 29.0%

Environmental Impact: 18.9%

Environmental Management: 45.0%

Transparency & Disclosure: 2.8%

Mead Johnson Nutrition DANIEL ACKER / Getty Images

Industry Sector: Food, Beverage & Tobacco

NEWSWEEK Green Score: 29.8%

Environmental Impact: 23.6%

Environmental Management: 39.0%

Transparency & Disclosure: 16.7%

PPL Courtesy of PPL

Industry Sector: Utilities

NEWSWEEK Green Score: 30.1%

Environmental Impact: 16.8%

Environmental Management: 48.1%

Transparency & Disclosure: 8.3%

Ameriprise Financial

Industry Sector: Financials

NEWSWEEK Green Score: 30.3%

Environmental Impact: 27.0%

Environmental Management: 40.3%

Transparency & Disclosure: 0.0%

Tyson Getty Images

Industry Sector: Food, Beverage & Tobacco

NEWSWEEK Green Score: 30.3%

Environmental Impact: 19.7%

Environmental Management: 44.9%

Transparency & Disclosure: 12.5%

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Industry Sector: Utilities

NEWSWEEK Green Score: 30.6%

Environmental Impact: 19.8%

Environmental Management: 39.6%

Transparency & Disclosure: 38.7%

Edison International David McNew / Getty Images

Industry Sector: Utilities

NEWSWEEK Green Score: 32.5%

Environmental Impact: 16.0%

Environmental Management: 46.2%

Transparency & Disclosure: 45.2%

Allegheny Technologies

Industry Sector: Materials

NEWSWEEK Green Score: 32.9%

Environmental Impact: 37.2%

Environmental Management: 35.9%

Transparency & Disclosure: 0.0%

Keybank / KeyCorp JAY LAPRETE / Getty Images

Industry Sector: Financials

NEWSWEEK Green Score: 33.1%

Environmental Impact: 39.4%

Environmental Management: 34.1%

Transparency & Disclosure: 0.0%

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