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Home Improvement 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

C

n/i

C

C

C

2

B

n/i

C

F

C

3

C

n/i

F

F

C

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 home improvement industry:



  • Thousands of employees in all of the major home improvement companies have sued for unpaid overtime and unequal treatment of women and minorities.
  • Some home improvement stores have been accused of misleading consumers with interest-free credit promotions and using soft money contributions to influence trade laws.
  • The big box nature of most home improvement stores takes a huge toll on the environment and contributes to urban sprawl.
  • Support local businesses and the environment by checking out Go Green to find greener companies and building materials.