Avnet Ranked #139 Among Greenest Publically Traded Companies in the U.S. by Newsweek

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(NYSE:), a leading global technology distributor, was recognized for the fourth year in a row on list. Avnet placed No. 139 overall, moving up six spots from 2011 and 82 spots from 2010 on the annual ranking, which compares the largest publically traded companies in the U.S. on environmental performance. rankings are based on a company’s environmental footprint, corporate management and transparency.

“Now more than ever, our stakeholders around the world are placing a higher value on how we impact the environment,” said Bob Gracz, Avnet’s vice president of Corporate Real Estate. “Reducing Avnet’s carbon footprint and overall energy use has been an important objective in how we manage all our facilities. Each year we continue to build upon our efforts in becoming a more sustainable company not simply because it’s good for business, but because it’s the right thing to do.”

Avnet has begun preparations to participate in the ’s sustainability reporting process, which is widely used by companies around the world as a way to report sustainability information in a way that is similar to financial reporting. Involvement in this global initiative represents an opportunity to aid in benchmarking progress with elements of external reporting accountability.

Avnet’s 2012 global , which was conducted by German consulting firm DFGE, measured the amount of greenhouse gases Avnet emits directly or indirectly in day-to-day business activities. The results showed a 10 percent year-over-year improvement in overall carbon emissions as measured against revenue over the same period.

Avnet has taken numerous steps to reduce its impact on the environment. Some examples include:

In addition, as announced April 2012, Avnet’s entry into the market helps position the company as a strategic provider of environmental solutions by providing total solutions for the aftermarket needs of electronics OEMs, service providers and corporations.

collaborated with leading environmental researchers, Trucost and Sustainalytics, to rank companies in three categories: an Environmental Impact Score, an Environmental Management Score and an Environmental Disclosure Score. The complete rankings, as well as the ranking methodology, can be found at .

Avnet’s approach to corporate sustainability incorporates a broader perspective on total corporate social responsibility (CSR). In addition to environmental concerns, CSR takes into account initiatives such as community relations, employee practices and economic development. Learn more about the company’s ongoing efforts:

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Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology serving customers globally. Avnet accelerates its partners' success by connecting the world's leading technology suppliers with a broad base of customers by providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, Avnet generated revenue of $25.7 billion. For more information, visit .