You knew it was coming — a scorecard that lets you decide which businesses to patronize based on how "green" they are. And we couldn’t be happier about it. Climate Counts recently (ok, two weeks ago… but it was sort of a busy time) released a ranking system to help people "see how serious companies are about stopping climate change." I was excited to hear that Yahoo! earned a “striding” icon (vs. "stuck" or "starting"), scoring the highest marks of any other Internet/Software company. Companies were rated based on how they measure their footprint, reduce their impact, disclose their actions, and support progressive legislation.
When you’re on the Yahoo! campus, you immediately notice just how important the environment is to the company. Our Beantrees coffee is organic and our coffee cups are biodegradable, unless, of course, you bring reusable mugs. Every Wednesday, Yahoos can purchase organic, locally-grown produce from the Yahoo! Farmer’s Market. A transportation team is entirely devoted to helping Yahoos plan out convenient and environmentally-friendly commute options. And there's lots of energy conservation going on.
But Yahoo!’s commitment to the environment extends far beyond our purple walls. We've been putting power in our users’ hands through services like Yahoo! Autos Green Center, 18Seconds.org, and Yahoo! Green. And we were the first major Internet company to commit to being carbon neutral.
Check out other companies and how they’re doing in the fight for helping the environment as well as the details of how Yahoo! was rated. We've got plenty of room to grow, but we appreciate the validation that the commitments we've made already count.