Climate Count just released a bunch of new ratings, the one that caught my eye was Levi Strauss, who recieved a score of 58 for 2009. That might not sound amazing, it'd still be two points shy of a D if it were a test score in school, but the company scored a single point in 2007. Climate Counts Director Wood Turner said this about Levi's jump from 1 point in 2007 to 22 in 2008:

We got their attention with a score of 1 pt (out of 100) on June 19 [2007] and got a call from them late that afternoon.  They were bewildered but motivated.  They acknowledged that they were behind on climate change and that the score had very much gotten their attention.  They said simply, "You got our attention. What can we do?"  And we were more than happy to take them through our 22-criteria scorecard and our key benchmarks.   

They quickly moved to begin reporting much more openly about their concrete activities and future plans, expanding their environmental reporting on their website including information about their efforts to measure their climate impact and set goals to reduce it.  These are clearly just first steps, but on the pathway toward deeper corporate climate responsibility, they are absolutely important ones because they indicate a willingness to face even greater scrutiny from an increasingly engaged consumer -- to us, that's one of the hallmarks of climate leadership.

It's pretty amazing what Climate Count has been able to acomplish with their ratings. I'm looking forward to reading more of their success stories.

Here are some other big movers on the list:

Levi Strauss- 58, 36% up from 2008

Ebay- 53, 48% up from 2008

Disney 47, 22% up from 2008

Nokia- 66, 29% up from 2008

PepsiCo- 62, 25% up from 2008

Yum! Brands- 30, 29% up from 2008

Darden Restaurants- 30, 30% up from 2008

US Airways- 43, 43% up from 2008

Swing over to Climate Count and check out the full list. An informed shopper is a powerful shopper, and as Levi Strauss's actions prove, the companies are paying attention. They might not always respond to doing the right thing for the planet, but they'll nearly always respond to doing the right thing for their bottom line.

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Climate Count 2009 movers and shakers
Climate Count rates big businesses on how active they are in fighting against global warming. Which businesses made big moves in 2009?