Bell has been named one of the world’s greenest companies by Newsweek. The Montreal-based telecommunications firm was the only Canadian company included in the newsweekly’s list, which was compiled by research organizations Trucost and Sustainalytics.
Bell placed 13th worldwide on a list of 15. Other technology companies on the list included IBM (3rd), BT Group (6th), SAP (8th), KPN (9th), Tata (11th), Nokia (14th), and Telefonica (15th).
“Bell is delighted to receive this recognition for the hard work of our entire team in safeguarding the environment while we deliver Canada’s best communications services,” said David Wells, Bell’s Executive Vice President of Corporate Services. “Consumers have made clear that the environment means a lot to them, and we’re proud that Bell’s extensive environmental commitment ranks us with the greenest companies in the world.”
In its analysis of Bell’s environmental performance, Newsweek said “the Canadian telecom estimates that the bills they issued electronically in 2011 saved some 33,000 trees and 4,100 tons of greenhouse-gas emissions. And since 2003, the company has collected more than a million phones that would have otherwise ended up in landfills.”
Newsweek scored Bell 80 out of 100. In 2009, Bell was also the first Canadian communications company to achieve ISO 14001 certification for its environmental management system in 2009.