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Alphabet (Google’s parent company)
This Laggard may come as a surprise, as the company does more than its fair share of heavy lifting on the renewables side, but we didn’t like what we saw when we pulled back the curtain on its revenue streams. Automotive companies spent more than $14.2 billion in advertising in the US last year, with a significant portion of that going straight into Alphabet’s coffers to advertise gas-guzzling vehicles. We must also note that even though it ranks high on privacy scorecards, Alphabet has a long way to go on this front, as Google and its peers track our every move and sell the data to the highest bidder.
Oil and gas money also flows into the company through its vast network of advertising products. A greener Google is not just one that runs its internal business responsibly, but one that looks at the impacts of its business and acts to minimize the impacts it has indirectly as well. Even in the case of some oil and gas companies that are cleaning up their internal operations, the downstream consequences of the products they produce cannot be overlooked.
Article written by CleanTechnica - In partnership with As You Sow and Corporate Knights.