ABB has been named #8 in Fortune magazine’s “Change the World” rankings for the company’s efforts to speed up adoption of clean-energy electric transportation. The list, Fortune said, honors companies that “have had a positive social impact through activities that are part of their core business strategy.”
In naming ABB to the top 10 in its fourth annual ranking, Fortune placed the company among a prestigious group. Other honorees included the drug maker Merck, for use of its life-saving vaccine against the Ebola virus this year in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Fortune also lauded Reliance Jo, a telecommunications provider for providing the “digital oxygen” of smartphones and broadband to more than 200 million subscribers in India in less than two years.
ABB’s CEO, Ulrich Spiesshofer said the Fortune ranking was validation of the company’s leadership and commitment to e-mobility as a way to decouple global economic growth from climate change.
“ABB is committed to running the world without consuming the earth,’’ Spiesshofer said.
ABB, whose e-mobility portfolio includes charging and power solutions for trains, buses and ships, has developed fast-chargers for cars that can add as much as 200 kilometers (nearly 125 miles) of cruising range in as little as 8 minutes.
‘‘As electric vehicles have grown more popular, ” Fortune wrote, “ABB has installed over 7,000 fast charging stations worldwide—saving about 2 million gallons of gasoline over the past seven years. The charging business has posted double-digit annual revenue growth since 2015. Next up: a plan with Electrify America to place hundreds of charging stations in the U.S. in the next year. ”
Fortune’s criteria for its “Change the World” rankings include the degree of innovation in a company’s technologies and the benefits to profitability and shareholder value from its positive social impact.