Dell Tops Corporate Sustainability Index

Dell (Nasdaq: DELL) took the lead position in the inaugural Corporate Sustainability Index (CSI) Benchmark Report, which evaluated the environmental metrics of 40 companies within the computer
hardware, software, professional services, and network and
telecommunications sectors.

With an overall score of 317.9, Dell bested firms such as British Telecom (265.2), IBM (NYSE: IBM)(258.5), and Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) (255.1), scoring particularly well in areas of renewable energy, recycling and embedded sustainability strategy.

Dell’s environmental commitments are bearing fruit and elevating the company to the position of "most environmentally progressive IT vendor in the world for 2008," according to tech analysts at Technology Business Research, Inc.

In addition to its overall top finish, Dell took the lead among Computing Sector vendors. Other Sector leaders include British Telecom (265.2) in Telecom/Networking, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) (168.0) in Software and Wipro (NYSE: WIT) (131.0) in Professional Services.

TBR’s Brad Allen, director of the Global Business Sustainability Service, stated that "CSI leadership underscores a corporation’s commitment to sustainability in its business models and practices. By embedding sustainability into the core business fabric, organizations gain competitive advantage and environmental equity, contributing to overall corporate value."

Earlier this month, Dell received praise for banning exports of non-working electronics to developing countries.

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