Siemens, Air France-KLM, BMW lead Dow Sustainability Index

Siemens, Air France-KLM, BMW lead Dow Sustainability Index

BMW, Air France and Siemens were named as some of the world’s leaders in sustainability by one of the longest-running sustainability indicators, which released its latest listings today.

The 2012 Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) review was announced by SAM, the Swiss-based investment company that focuses on sustainability investing. SAM partners with Dow Jones Indexes in the development and publication of the DJSI, which tracks the financial performance of some top international companies.

The DJSI uses a “best-in-class” approach for measuring sustainability. The world’s largest 2,500 companies are annually invited to report on their sustainability performance. Broken down into 57 sectors, those businesses are then analyzed by a variety of social, economic and environmental criteria — especially regarding risks and opportunities within their specific industries.

Those 57 sectors are then combined into 19 “supersectors,” which SAM uses to identify top industry leaders.

The DJSI World 2012/2013 deleted 41 companies this year and added 41 new members. The largest additions, as measured by free-float market capitalization, include Microsoft Corp, Canadian National Railway Co, and Target Corp, The largest deletions are International Business Machines Corp, GlaxoSmithKline PLC, and United Technologies Corp.

Some of this year’s DJSI supersector leaders include:

  • Australia & New Zealand Banking Group — in Banks
  • Unilever NV — in Food & Beverage
  • Roche Holding AG — in Healthcare
  • Siemens AG — in Industrial Goods & Services
  • Repsol SA — in Oil & Gas
  • Alcatel-Lucent SA — in Technology
  • Air France-KLM — in Travel & Leisure
  • Bayerische Motoren Werke AG — in Automobiles & Parts
  • Roche Holding AG — in Healthcare

One of the companies listed as a supersector leader by the DJSI  believes an award for its sustainability work is more than high praise, especially in a difficult business environment. “Our strategy of being a role model and above all understanding sustainability as a business opportunity pays off,” said Barbar Kux, Siemens’ chief sustainability officer and a member of its managing board.

The participation rate for SAM’s current Corporate Sustainability Assessment was up more than 8 percent compared to last year, SAM officials said In a statement. “We see this as a strong signal of the increasing recognition that integrating sustainability into corporate strategies is essential to the bottom line,” said Guido Giese, SAM’s head of indexes. “The companies that participate in our assessment really grasp the financial materiality of incorporating sustainability into their strategies.”

There’s a growing interest in sustainability investing, said David Blitzer, managing director and chairman of the S&P Dow Jones Index Committee — especially for those investing in the long-term. “In this environment, the DJSI, with its long track record of evaluating the sustainability performance of some of the world’s largest companies, has become an important reference in the industry,” he said, “ for investors as well as for companies included in the indices.”

Source / Fuente: greenbiz.com

Author / Autor:  Bruce Kennedy

Date / Fecha: 13/09/12

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