The grades are in: Harvard Business Review (HBR) has released its annual rankings of the world’s best-performing CEOs.
To reflect corporate sustainability’s rapid ascension into the spotlight for investors, board members and consumers, HBR, for the first time ever, scored each company’s environmental, social and governance performance in addition to the traditional financial metrics.
As corporate sustainability joins the ranks of shareholder returns and revenue growth in quarterly reports, industry leaders are turning to third-party certification structures like USGBC’s LEED green rating system. In fact, all five top-ranked CEOs—representing pharmaceutical, IT, retail, automobile and consumer services industries—subscribe to employing LEED.
Novo Nordisk, a global healthcare company whose CEO, Lars Rebien Sørensen, took top honors in this year's rankings, received LEED Silver certification for their headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey.
"Achieving a LEED Silver rating demonstrates Novo Nordisk's commitment to our triple bottom line principle of operating in a financially, environmentally and socially responsible manner," said Jeff Frazier, vice president of human resources. "The focus on sustainable operations throughout our business has helped reduce environmental impacts and decrease costs for both the company and society."
Did you know 88 of the Fortune 100 companies use LEED? In an era where consumers and investors alike want to understand a company’s culture and values and what it is doing to benefit the bottom line, going green matters.