Most Sustainable Companies in The World Honored At 2018 SEAL Sustainability Awards

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Winners include global brands like Apple, Intel,, Nike, Patagonia, and Samsung. Award honors 2018's 50 most sustainable companies while also highlighting high impact environmental initiatives.

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Companies have a unique opportunity and responsibility to drive environmental progress where politics cannot. Our sustainability awards celebrate organizations that embrace their ethical responsibility to drive change.

SEAL Awards today announced the winners of the 2018 SEAL Business Sustainability Awards, celebrating their leadership and commitment to sustainable business practices.

Global brands like Apple, Impossible Foods, Nike, Patagonia, Samsung and Seventh Generation were among those selected for the SEAL Organizational Impact Award. The 2018 SEAL Organizational Impact Award honors the 50 most sustainable companies in the world.    

Equinix, Lonely Whale, and were among the organizations whose sustainability initiatives were recognized with a SEAL Environmental Initiative Award.

“Companies have a unique opportunity and responsibility to drive environmental progress where politics cannot. Our sustainability awards celebrate organizations that embrace their ethical responsibility to drive change,” commented Matt Harney, Founder of the SEAL Awards. “Many business sustainability initiatives are overlooked within their own organizations - let alone lauded by the media or public - even though they often make real positive impacts for our planet. We are excited to honor their sustainability leadership.”

The event featured two distinct award categories:

SEAL Organizational Impact Award:

This award recognizes overall corporate sustainability performance and represents the 50 most sustainable companies globally.

The selection process analytically built upon existing sustainability benchmarking databases - including the Carbon Disclosure Project, Corporate Knights 100, and RobecoSAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment - and individual company sustainability reports. Further consideration was given to companies demonstrating leadership in strategic focus areas - like fashion and food - in acute need of accelerated progress.

The Organizational Impact winners were:

  • Adidas
  • Adobe
  • Apple
  • Applied Materials
  • AstraZeneca
  • Autodesk
  • Best Buy
  • Beyond Meat
  • Biogen
  • BMW
  • BT Group
  • Cisco Systems
  • Fujitsu
  • General Motors
  • HP
  • IBM
  • Icebreaker
  • IKEA
  • Impossible Foods
  • Ingersoll-Rand
  • Intel Corporation
  • Kering
  • Komatsu
  • Koninklijke DSM
  • LG Innotek
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Method
  • Metsä Board
  • Microsoft
  • Mitsubishi Electric
  • New Belgium Brewing
  • Nike
  • Novartis
  • Obrascon Huarte Lain (OHL)
  • Owens Corning
  • Patagonia
  • Samsung Electronics
  • Sanofi
  • Schneider Electric
  • Seventh Generation
  • Sony
  • Suez
  • Symrise AG
  • Texas Instruments
  • Toyota
  • Waste Management

SEAL Environmental Initiative Award:

This award honors specific environmental and sustainability initiatives. Key criteria for selection included: Impact Metrics, Innovation, Sharing of Insights, and Investment Levels.

The Environmental Initiative winners were:

  • Anuvia Plant Products
  • Covanta
  • EcoPod
  • Equinix
  • Green Standards
  • Jiminy's
  • Lonely Whale
  • Profile Products
  • Shire
  • SystemNix Technologies Pte Ltd
  • Umuntu GmbH

Libo Ma,’s Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, said, “ is honored to receive the SEAL Award and join leaders in corporate sustainability, a cause we champion for the long term. We believe a company should be measured not only by traditional business metrics, but also by how much it contributes to the people and society. At JD, our commitment stems from our fundamental belief that we have a responsibility to continuously improve society.”

Initiative entry applications were reviewed by a judging panel composed of sustainability executives from leading companies, like AMD, Carnival, Micron, and Sodexo.    

One hundred percent of the award entry fees raised will be contributed to the 2019 SEAL Environmental Research Grant initiative. To date, the SEAL organization has provided funding to 17 environmental researchers at institutions like Duke, Harvard, MIT, and UCLA.

The SEAL Business Sustainability Awards are the capstone of three annual events that honor environmental progress and leadership. The Environmental Research Grant recipients were announced in June. The winners of the Environmental Journalism Awards were announced on November 12.


The SEAL (Sustainability, Environmental Achievement & Leadership) Awards launched in 2017 and is an awards-driven environmental advocacy organization. Our core beliefs maintain that environmental progress requires true leadership, leadership deserves recognition, and recognition is a form of accountability.

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