Consumer electronics companies Sony and Nokia were among five international businesses named the greenest companies in the world in 2009.

Sony Europe was named Greenest Company of 2009 for its pro-active attitudes towards manufacturing environmentally friendly electronics products, creative green community projects and its ongoing efforts to actively reduce its carbon footprint said Sony in a February 1 press release.

Nokia was third on news service and blog Environmental Graffiti's Greenest Companies of 2009 list. The Finnish-based mobile manufacturer earned points for its voluntary mobile phone take-back program, its removal of all BFRs (brominated flame retardants) in new handsets, and the eradication of all PVC vinyl plastics in all new mobile phone models.

"We were looking for companies that have proven over the last year that being environmentally friendly and profitable can go hand in hand," said Chris Ingham-Brooke, Environmental Graffiti Editor. "What impressed us about Sony was their consistent activities throughout the year that showed they are using their technology in an innovative way to address environmental problems."

Greenpeace's annual Guide to Greener Electronics, 2010, saw Nokia retain the top position with a environmental score of 7.3 out of 10. Sony Ericsson was second with a score of 6.9 and Sony maintained its overall score on the list at number seven with an overall score of 5.1.

Toshiba, Philips and Apple were also in top five in Greenpeace's Guide to Greener Electronics in 2010 with overall scores of 5.3, 5.3 and 5.1 respectively.

Environmental Graffiti's 5 Greenest Companies of 2009:
1. Sony
2. Timberland
3. Nokia
4. Whole Foods Market
5. Unilever

Greenpeace's Guide to Greener Electronics 2010 (published on January 7, 2010):
1. Nokia: 7.3
2. Sony Ericsson: 6.9
3. Toshiba: 5.3
4. Philips: 5.3
5. Apple: 5.1
6. LG Electronics: 5.1
7. Sony: 5.1
8. Motorola: 5.1
9. Samsung: 5.1
10. Panasonic: 4.9
11. HP: 4.7
12. Acer: 4.5
13. Sharp: 4.5
14. Dell: 3.9
15. Fujitsu: 3.5
16. Lenovo: 2.5
17. Microsoft: 2.4
18. Nintendo: 1.4