More companies are seeing sustainability as a measure of corporate success, rather than just a cost of doing business, according to the report. Some of the largest companies in the consumer electronics industry are even designing sustainability into new products, with more focus being put on raw materials extraction, manufacturing, distribution, use, and end-of-life management.
In compiling their findings, Pike researchers looked at company reports and metrics along with information from market intelligence firms. Their findings showed that companies like IBM, HP, Apple, and Texas Instruments achieved the highest levels of completeness, transparency, and reported results.
Still, they said less than 10 percent of the companies they contacted about sustainability were willing to talk to them about sensitive issues like social and environmental impacts of mining metal ores or refining of crude oil.