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In conjunction with my data provider, IW Financial, Inc., I am pleased to announce the release of an update of our study of the disclosed environmental management practices of the largest publicly traded corporations in the U.S.  The new study reveals those with the strongest environmental governance, policies, and infrastructure, and distinguishes them from the great majority of publicly traded companies, most of which have little or no discernible capability with which to manage complex environmental and sustainability issue.

The study, Benchmarking Analysis of Disclosed U.S. Corporate Environmental Practices, follows up on my initial (2010) report on this topic, and similarly makes use of the Governance and Environmental Management Strength (GEMS) Rating™, an environmental rating methodology I developed that assesses the presence or absence of 50 distinct indicators.  I designed the GEMS Rating™ to rigorously evaluate the ability of companies to anticipate and actively manage the environmental issues that pose risks to and present opportunities for their operations.

This latest study reflects my continuing attempts to identify the environmental, health, and safety (EHS) issues that will most affect the future business success of firms, and builds on my work over the past several years to illuminate the issues that are of greatest relevance to corporate senior managers as well as to the investment community and other stakeholders.  The GEMS Rating™ allows me (and others) to evaluate a broad and diverse array of companies in a way that is meaningful, consistent, and transparent.  I believe that my method and latest results provide important insights regarding which publicly traded U.S. firms truly are environmental leaders and which are not, based upon whether and to what extent they demonstrate appropriate governance practices; policy elements; goals, systems and other infrastructure; performance results; and transparency.

Key findings in the study, among many others, include the following:

  • Intel is once again the top-rated company.  In second place, and demonstrating very strong improvement in disclosed environmental management practices, is Whirlpool Corporation.   Similarly dramatic gains were made by 3M, EI duPont, PG&E, EMC, and Bristol-Myers Squibb.  Two companies, Avon Products and Medtronic, made even more dramatic advances.
  • Of the 970 firms in the sample, 40 percent have total scores (across the 50 evaluation criteria) of less than ten, and a significant fraction (13 percent) still have a total score of zero, meaning that they do not disclose any of the 50 individual pieces of information comprising The GEMS Rating™ scale.

This latter finding is troubling, given that increasingly, Investors, analysts, and other stakeholders are making judgments about the management quality of publicly traded companies based on a variety of environmental governance, policy, management, and performance indicators, such as those comprising the GEMS Rating™.  These stakeholders will perform their analyses using whatever data they can obtain, so it stands to reason that everyone concerned would benefit from broader disclosure, as well as more extensive use of complete and coherent approaches to managing EHS issues.

Those interested in the study can obtain a free copy by visiting the following web site:

Leave a Comment May 30, 2012


On this coming Thursday (29 March) at 2:00 p.m. EST Soyka & Company founder and President Peter Soyka will be presenting a one-hour webinar on his recent book, Creating a Sustainable Organization: Approaches for Enhancing Corporate Value Through Sustainability. To register for this event or to get further information, visit the sponsor of this presentation, the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), here: We hope that you can join us.

For those unable to participate in the webinar who might like to hear the audio and see the presentation slides, please visit and sign in at the link above, and the webinar, which will be recorded, will be made available to you to listen to at your convenience.

Leave a Comment March 27, 2012

Free Webinar this Friday!

WEBINAR this Friday (16 March) at 11:00 EST to discuss my recent report on corporate sustainability metrics and researcher/investor interests. This one-hour webinar will discuss the recently issued report, “Finding Common Ground on the Metrics that Matter,” which was commissioned and funded by the Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC) Institute. During the webinar, my co-author, Mark Bateman, and I will discuss our research findings and their implications for those working on corporate sustainability, performance measurement and reporting, and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) research, analysis, and investing. Sign up for this free webinar here:

Leave a Comment March 13, 2012

New Book is Released

I am pleased to share the exciting news that my new book on corporate sustainability has been released by the publisher! In CREATING A SUSTAINABLE ORGANIZATION: Approaches For Enhancing Corporate Value Through Sustainability (Financial Times, February 2012, $69.99), I describe the many linkages between environmental/sustainability management improvements and financial value creation, stock price changes, and durable competitive advantage.  As noted by a knowledgeable reviewer, “Creating a Sustainable Organization is a valuable work that should be required for any professional seeking to align sustainability with business success.”  For further information, visit the dedicated page on my company web site, here:

Leave a Comment February 18, 2012


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