Ford is the no. 1 green brand, stealing the top spot from Toyota, which has been at the top of Interbrand's Best Global Green Brands report since the list debuted in 2011.
In the 2014 list, Toyota falls to no. 2, with Honda, Nissan and Panasonic rounding out the top five and maintaining each of their 2013 positions.
Interbrand's Best Global Green Brands report examines the gap that exists between a brand's environmental performance and consumers' perceptions of that performance.
When identifying the top 50 Best Global Green Brands each year, Interbrand starts with the 100 brands that make up its annual Best Global Brands report. Brands that appear on this annual ranking have a global presence and a demonstrated record of delivering value to their stakeholders.
Interbrand then conducts extensive consumer research to capture public perception of the brands' sustainable or green practices and compares that to environmental or sustainability performance data collected and analyzed by Deloitte.
This year's top findings include:
Sony (no. 7) and adidas (no. 8) enter into the top 10 for the first time, while Johnson & Johnson falls six places to no. 12 and Volkswagen falls nine places to no. 16.
Top Risers: Ikea climbed 14 spots to secure the no. 19 position while Zara also climbed 14 places to claim the no. 34 position. Philips moved up nine places to take the no. 14 spot and adidas jumped up seven places to no. 8.
Automotive, electronic & technology brands occupy nearly 50 percent of the overall ranking; 10 brands hail from the automotive sector, while 12 brands come from the electronics and technology sectors.
Brands within the financial services sector struggle to become sustainability leaders: Allianz and Citi fall off this year's ranking, while AXA falls one place to take the no. 45 position and Santander moves up two places to no. 44.
Three new brands joined the 2014 ranking, including Chevrolet (no. 32), Disney (no. 49), and Heineken (no. 50).
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