But here’s one that doesn’t just positively affect Canadians – it benefits every single person on the planet.
The annual Global 100 list was released at the World Financial Forum in Davos, Switzerland, ranking the 100 most sustainable companies in the world.
And although Germany topped a list for the second time this week, with car company BMW taking the prime spot, there was plenty to be proud about for Canada. Because an impressive nine Canadian companies made it onto the list, compiled by Toronto-based media and research company Corporate Knights.
After the Paris climate change conferences at the end of last year made very clear cut decisions about how to proceed in protecting our planet, companies can no longer fail to comply with the regulations set.
Those on the list of 100 companies are “leaders in transparency, in resource productivity and on a range of other social and governance indicators.”
The top Canadian company on the list was Cameco, in 32nd position. The Saskatoon based corporation is the world’s largest publicly traded Uranium company and third largest uranium producer.
The three Canadian companies which topped the list – Teck Resources and Enbridge rounding them out – were all in the business of extracting resources; either oil and gas or mining metals.
The list does not take into consideration whether the products made by the corporations are good or bad, instead investigating if they conduct their businesses efficiently and by following their guidelines and contracts.
However, the list does exclude weapons makers and tobacco firms.
Canadian Telecommunications Company TELUS came in fourth place and two banks made it into the list as well, with Toronto-Dominion Bank taking the 54th spot and Bank of Montreal coming in at number 86.
Here are the top 9 Canadian companies ranked on the list.
1. Cameco, uranium producer (32)
2. Teck Resources, mining (37)
3. Enbridge, energy (46)
4. Telus, telecommunications (53)
5. Toronto-Dominion Bank, banking (54)
6. WSP Global, engineering (63)
7. Sun Life Financial, insurance (66)
8. Celestica, electronics (85)
9. Bank of Montreal, banking (86)