Manufacturing, Retail, and Sustainability

West Michigan companies shine in Newsweek's 'Green Rankings'

January 2, 2018
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Whirlpool Corporation global headquarters
The global headquarters of Whirlpool Corporation is located in Benton Harbor. Courtesy Whirlpool Corporation

Several companies in the region have received national and global recognition by Newsweek for their environmentally friendly practices.

Newsweek released its 2017 “Green Rankings,” an environmental performance assessment of the world’s largest publicly traded companies in the world and the U.S., and four West Michigan companies are in the rankings, including Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool Corporation.

Ron Voglewede, director of global sustainability at Whirlpool Corporation, said its “innovation” and “efficient” products earned the company the recognition, as evidenced in its recently released 2016 “Sustainability Report.”

“This distinction is a testament to our commitment to sustainability, which spans our supply chain and sustainable material sourcing initiatives, to our goal of sending zero waste to landfills and manufacturing products that have a low environmental impact for consumers to use in their own homes,” Voglewede said.

“We are proud of all we continue to achieve in sustainability initiatives corporation-wide.”

Whirlpool Corporation ranks at No. 50 on the “U.S. 500” ranking and No. 82 on the “Global 500” ranking.

Other West Michigan companies in the rankings include Kellogg Company, Stryker and SpartanNash.

Six other Michigan companies also made the rankings.


The “U.S. 500” and “Global 500” from Newsweek’s “Green Rankings” take the following factors into account: energy productivity; greenhouse gas productivity; water productivity; waste productivity; green revenue; sustainability pay; sustainability board committee; and audited environmental metrics.

Monetary fines and potentially harmful products or services may deduct from a company’s final score.

The rankings are further sub-divided into “Best in Industry Global” and “Best in Industry U.S.” rankings.


Founded in 1933, Newsweek is a global news magazine and website. It provides news, in-depth analysis and opinions about international issues, technology, business, culture and politics.

In addition to its online and mobile presences, Newsweek publishes weekly English print editions in the U.S., Europe/Middle East/Africa and Asia, as well as editions in Japanese, Korean, Polish, Serbian and Spanish.

Newsweek is owned by Newsweek Media Group.

West Michigan company on the “Global 500” ranking

82. Whirlpool Corporation

Other Michigan companies on the “Global 500” ranking

79. Ford Motor Company

127. The Dow Chemical Company

253. General Motors Company

West Michigan companies on the “U.S. 500” ranking

50. Whirlpool Corporation

79. Kellogg Company

273. Stryker

389. SpartanNash

Other Michigan companies on the “U.S. 500” ranking

9. CMS Energy Corporation

49. Ford Motor Company

70. The Dow Chemical Company

157. DTE Energy Company

165. General Motors Company

406. Ally Financial Inc.

West Michigan company on the “Best in Industry U.S.” ranking

50. Whirlpool Corporation

Other Michigan companies on the “Best in Industry U.S.” ranking

9. CMS Energy Corporation

49. Ford Motor Company

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