Belgium – Belgian recycler Umicore has been heralded as the most sustainable company by Canadian media, research and financial products company Corporate Knights. Announcing its top 100 ‘green’ businesses at the 2013 World Economic Forum in Switzerland, it also confirmed that Sims Metal Management (SimsMM) ranked 15th on its list.
Umicore was recognised for its ‘top-to-bottom transformation’ from traditional mining company into innovative technology firm that ‘operates at the frontier of metallurgy, chemistry and materials science’. Corporate Knights also praises the precious and specialty metals refining, recycling and recovery operation at Hoboken which spans 116 hectares. Delighted to be hailed as the company ‘leading the world in clean capitalism’, Umicore’s Chief Executive Marc Grynberg states: ‘Sustainability has been and remains an all-pervasive driver of our strategy and day-to-day actions. We don’t see sustainability as an add-on. It’s really a part of everything we do.’ SimsMM has made the Corporate Knights list for the fifth consecutive year. ‘We have remained committed to our mission of doing well by doing good,’ remarks CEO Dan Dienst. ‘We believe that business success in the 21st century is predicated on the successful integration of sustainability into every aspect of what we do as a company; from protecting the environment, keeping our people and facilities safe, respecting the communities in which we live and operate, and focusing on energy efficiency.’ The entire top 100 can be viewed at: www.corporateknights.com