Barron’s is a weekly newspaper published by Dow Jones & Company. With a goal of providing information about what interests investors and affects risk and performance, the publication noted that sustainability has become increasingly important.
“For years now, European investors have looked at environmental, social, and governance factors – qualitative measures that people believe promote a company’s long-term health and growth prospects,” Barron’s notes. “That view has made its way to the U.S.”
Barron’s ranked the 1,000 largest publicly held companies with headquarters in the U.S., then worked with investment consultants to rank them in five categories:
- Shareholders (includes board structure and business ethics)
- Employees (includes workplace diversity and safety)
- Customers (includes product safety and quality)
- Planet (includes environmental policies, greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency and recycling)
- Community (includes human rights and community engagement)
Agilent is ranked high up at No. 17 in Barron’s list.
Agilent has recently received a Gold Class Sustainability Award from RobecoSAM, a AAA rating in environmental, social and governance performance from MSCI, and a “Cream of the Crop” employer award from Chemical and Engineering News.
“We are a leader in our industry, and to us that includes a commitment to find ways to make the world a better place,” says Agilent CEO Mike McMullen. “It is part of our culture and the way we work every day.”
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