Welcome to the Google company review. In this series of articles, we put the spotlight on businesses that we think are doing ambitious and honourable things for the environment. These features will cover things like corporate social responsibility, sustainability, green credentials, carbon reduction measures, recycling, reuse and reduction efforts, supply chain responsibility, and more. To provide a fair and balanced account, we will also cover any wrongdoing, environmental damage, or bad practice that we find.
Each category will be scored out of 20, to give a total score out of 100.
Thanks to Google, humanity’s access to knowledge, data, and resources is at an all-time high. The search engine, founded back in 1998, is now one of the world’s largest businesses, making billions per year primarily through ad revenue. It is the fourth most valuable business in the world, behind Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft, and has become a normal part of everyday culture, with people using Google multiple times per day.
Success upon success upon success, but has Google paid back its riches to its users, and to the environment? Let’s find out.