The 2020 Global 100 list, produced by Corporate Knights, a Canadian based publisher focused on corporate sustainability, has identified three Danish companies among the 10 highest ranked globally, including Ørsted, Chr. Hansen, and Novozymes. The list is distributed alongside other content via quarterly inserts into the Globe & Mail and Washington Post.
Among financial businesses, ING Group was ranked highest among the banks, in seventh place among the top 10, with Banco do Brazil in ninth position.
The top ranked insurer in its peer group was Norway's Storebrand, which ranked 13th in the Global 100 list.
The only other insurers in the list were Sun Life Financial (60th) and Assicurazioni Generali (69th).
BNP Paribas (24th), Intesa Sanpaolo (39th), National Australia Bank (42nd), Shinhan Financial Group (43rd), Bank of Montreal (48th), Standard Bank Group (51st), Commerzbank (59th), Comerica Inc. (67th) and SEB (73rd) were the other banks to rank.
Only two companies made the list in the area of "investment services"; IGM Financial (83rd) and Amundi (100th).
Canada accounted for three of the banks, insurers or investment services providers on the list, Australia two and France two.
Comnenting on the list, Odd Arild Grefstad, CEO of Storebrand, said: "This ranking is an important recognition of our work and I am very proud that Storebrand is recognized as one of the leading players."
The rankings point to Storebrand being the most sustainable insurer in the index, as well as the most sustainable financial company in the Nordic region.
ING Group's inclusion as the top ranked financial business comes after it was also ranked in the annual CDP publication Climate A List (https://www.investmenteurope.net/news/4009308/list-companies-world-climate-action-leaders-commercially-successful )