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Airline Industry

 

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Companies at the top are the best, at the bottom the worst.

company
overall
ranking
environ-
ment
human
rights
labor
ethics &
governance
health &
safety
1

B+

n/i

C

C

C

2

B+

n/i

C-

D

n/i

3

B-

C+

D

C

n/i

4

D

D

n/i

C

n/i

5

F

C

n/i

n/i

n/i

6

F

C+

n/i

C

D

7

F

C

n/i

C

F

8

F

C-

D

D

n/i

Notes: Rankings proceed from top to bottom with companies at the top as more responsible within the industry and those at the bottom as the less responsible. Letter grades go in this order: A (best),B,C,D,F(worst) with plus (+) and minus (-). "n/i" means we don't have enough information to give a letter grade for that category. The color coding is another corporate responsibility indicator, in the order Green (best), Yellow, Orange, Red (worst). Companies in the green zone are sustainable and working towards creating a greener planet (most industries will not have companioes in the green zone as there are no companies that can be considered sustainable in that industry). Companies red zone have poor environmental and social responsibility records and should be avoided if possible. 'Orange' companies are not quite as bad as 'red' and ' yellow' zone are slightly better than orange. Orange and yellow companies have a ways to go before they can be considered green.

Fast facts about the airline industry

  • Airlines throw away enough cans to build 58 Boeing 747 jets annually and enough newspapers and magazines to cover a football field 230 meters deep. Some airlines have implemented recycling programs to deal with the waste generated in-flight, but many airlines are still lagging behind in their recycling efforts. Read our in-depth report on the sorry state of recycling in the airline industry, and take action to encourage airlines to improve their recycling programs!
  • The International Air Transport Association (IATA) of which many of the airlines are members, has lobbied against a carbon emission trading system that could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, claiming it would be prohibitively expensive for airlines and make it difficult to turn a profit.
  • Several airlines were involved in a discrimination lawsuit for allegedly subjecting US citizens of Arab, Guyanese and Filipino descent to rigorous security screening and ejecting them from their individual flights because of their appearances after passangers complained their presence made them nervous.
  • Visit Go Green to find sustainable modes of travel and Take Action to reign in the abuses of the airline industry.