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Retailers ranked among green companies

Arlington, Va. The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) said Thursday that 56 retailers were listed on the 2010 Newsweek Green Rankings list, which recognizes commitment to sustainability.

According to RILA, of the 56 retailers listed, 30 are members of the organization, including Wal-Mart, Nike, J.C. Penney and Sears.

The Newsweek survey works with three environmental-research organizations to analyze the 500 biggest publicly traded companies in the United States to compare actual environmental footprints, policies and reputations.

Nike was recognized for accomplishments in its supply chain with programs that evaluate and improve the environmental footprint of suppliers, through checks on chemical toxicity, water use, and carbon emissions. Nike is also progressing toward carbon neutrality and aims to achieve it for company-owned facilities and business travel by 2015.

J.C. Penney and Sears Holdings Corp. were recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as 2010 Energy Star award winners for their long-term commitment to fighting climate change through greater energy efficiency.

Wal-Mart Stores has set broad environmental goals to be supplied 100% by renewable energy, to create zero waste and to sell products that sustain people and the environment. Wal-Mart has also launched a new global commitment to sustainable agriculture that will help small- and medium-sized farmers expand their businesses, get more income for their products, and reduce the environmental impact of farming.

Staples is focusing on four major cornerstones of corporate responsibility that include selling environmental products, recycling, energy and climate and environmental education.

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