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Atlas cops fourth consecutive sustainability listing

“We may not be beating our customers off with a stick, but we are sustainable,” was the preamble ahead of a statement from Atlas Copco about the company’s ranking as one of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies. The Global 100 sustainability listing was announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Other construction and mining-related companies making the list were BHP Billiton, Lend Lease, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and building materials specialist Lafarge SA. The list includes companies from 15 countries encompassing all sectors of the economy. The United States led the way with 20 Global 100 companies (four more than they had in2008). The United Kingdom followed with 19 (down from 24 in 2008) and Japan improved by two on its 2008 tally with a total of 15 companies qualifying in 2009. The companies were evaluated according to how effectively they manage environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities, relative to their industry peers. “In 2008 the group has taken further steps in the corporate responsibility area,” said Annika Berglund, Atlas Copco’s senior vice president, corporate communications. “New energy-efficient products and solutions have been launched, more employees are working in a unit with an environmental management system, and the employee survey Insight showed that people are proud to work in the group,” she said. This year the Global 100 traced back all 100 listed companies to their year of origin. In total, 46 of the 100 companies have been in business for at least 100 years. Atlas Copco was established on February 21, 1873, and turns 136 this week.

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