The problem
Worldwide material consumption reached 92 billion tons in 2017, up more than 250 percent from 27 billion in 1970. The rate of natural resource extraction has accelerated every year since 2000. Urgent action is needed to ensure that current material needs do not lead to overextraction or further degradation of environmental resources. Corporations play a central role in this effort, including through their direct extraction of natural resources (if they are in a natural resource industry), use of natural resources in their internal operations and across their supply chain, and development and adoption of alternatives to high-extraction natural resources (such as alternative fuels)
How companies are rated
Ethos is using 344,952 unique data points since 2017 to rate companies, stocks and funds on sustainable use of natural resources, including from these metrics:
Financial performance
r =
Company ratings 1-yr return
Top 10 for sustainable use of natural resources
Top 50 for sustainable use of natural resources
S&P 500 Index
Bottom 50 for sustainable use of natural resources
Bottom 10 for sustainable use of natural resources
Sustainable use of natural resources has a slight positive correlation (
) with financial returns, meaning companies that perform better in this impact area tend to perform slightly better financially
Data partners and sources
What this formula is about
Natural resources
fossil fuels
natural resources
alternative fuels
UN Sustainable Development Goal 12