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Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Unilever has been the sustainability leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for 12 straight years.

The DJSI was launched in 1999 and is the first global index tracking the financial performance of leading sustainability companies worldwide, which provides asset managers with reliable and objective benchmarking, as well as providing investors with sustainability-driven investment portfolios.

Today, shareholders demand sound financial returns, long-term economic growth, and transparent financial accounting. This then leads to a high standard of public reporting, requiring a company to have a management system structure in place to provide this type of information.

The framework or structure I recommend is to international standards that are accepted in over 190 countries. The framework for environmental standards includes the review of identification of environmental impacts and the setting of measurable objectives, which can then be audited through the internal audit process and the third-party audit process, either for registration or self-declaration, providing a verification of an environmental management system process in place.

The DJSI is offered by S&P Dow Jones Indices, the world's largest global resource for index-based concepts, data, and research, and RobecoSAM, which is the internationally recognized leading pioneer in corporate sustainability assessment (CSA) methodology.

They use the best-in-class approach for inclusion in the DJSI; therefore, companies continually intensify their sustainability initiatives, benefiting not only the corporation but also the investors, customers, and ultimately society and the environment.

The DJSI comprises global, regional (North America, Europe, South Pacific), and country benchmarks, as well as emerging markets. Table 7.1 lists super-sector leaders for 2012 in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.[1]

TABLE 7.1

Super-Sector Leaders

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW)

Automobiles & Parts

Germany

Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd

Banks

Australia

UPM-Kymmene OYJ

Basic Resources

Finland

Akzo Nobel NV

Chemicals

Netherlands

GS Engineering & Construction Corp

Construction & Materials

South Korea

Itausa – Investimentos Itau SA

Financial Services

Brazil

Unilever NV

Food & Beverage

Netherlands

Roche Holding AG

Health Care

Switzerland

Siemens AG

Industrial Goods and Services

Germany

Swiss Re

Insurance

Switzerland

Telenet Group Holding NV

Media

Belgium

Repsol SA

Oil & Gas

Spain

Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV

Personal & Household

Netherlands

GPT Group

Real Estate

Australia

Lotte Shopping Co. Ltd.

Retail

South Korea

Alcatel-Lucent SA

Technology

France

KT Corp.

Telecommunications

South Korea

Air France-KLM

Travel & Leisure

France

Iberdrola SA

Utilities

Spain

  • [1] Detailed reports can be viewed at sustainability-indices.com.
 
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