The index was first launched as a pilot in 1995. Some 178 companies took part in the latest index, which covers 2004.
Twenty companies made it into the "Premier League", by achieving high scores of 95% or more (see table). This is eight fewer than in 2003, but the organisers insist that the drop reflects a greater level of scrutiny on issues such as climate change, waste, supply chains and disclosure. For example, they say, questions on w