DJSI 2014: Who Performs Best on Sustainability?

Results of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2014 announced by RobecoSAM for listed companies
DJSI 2014: Who Performs Best on Sustainability?
Publ. date 10 Sep 2014
September 11th was an exciting day for companies that have participated in RobecoSAM’s Dow Jones Sustainability Assessment 2014. Finally, the answer was to be given to the most pressing question: did our company maintain, improve or deteriorate its position in the most credible benchmark for the sustainable investment community?

On 11 September 2014, RobecoSAM announced the results of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2014. For the third time in a row, our customer Telenet claimed its sustainability frontrunner position as industry group leader within the media sector. 

Flawless hat-trick for Telenet's sustainability performance

In 2012, Telenet conquered the prestigious title of ‘supersector leader’ for the first time. As a member of the DJSI World and Europe Index, the Belgian company knew to maintain its position in 2013. This year, it turns out that Telenet upholds its strong performance for the third year in a row, by once again being recognized as the best performing company in the media industry worldwide. Telenet scored best in class marks on Codes of Conduct/Compliance/Corruption&Bribery, Supply Chain Management, Human Capital Development, Labor Practice Indicators and Human Rights, and Talent Attraction & Retention. 

RobecoSAM writes in Telenet's Industry Group Leader Report 2014: "Telenet continues to demonstrate leadership in developing effective solutions to the environmental, demographic, and legislative issues currently facing the media industry. Its sustainability and business strategy are connected by their emphasis on delivering a superior customer experience and maintaining operational excellence." Read more on the Industry Leaders of 2014 in RobecoSAM's press release. 

Liberty Global listed in World Index

The largest cable company in the world, with operations in 14 countries, improved its performance significantly and entered into the DJSI World Index this year. Liberty Global achieved best-in-class scores on the criteria Independence of Content, Online Risks and Opportunities, Risk & Crisis Management, and Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy. Entering the World Index is not an easy task, since only 10% of the 2500 largest companies that lead the field in terms of sustainability in each sector are selected for this exclusive index. 

Why is DJSI key for your company?

DJSI was launched in 1999 as the first global sustainability benchmark. This year marks the 15 year anniversary of the DJSI. Only the top-ranked companies within each industry are selected for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices. Industry-specific sustainability opportunities and risks can play a key role in the companies’ long-term success. The indices serve as benchmarks for investors who integrate sustainability considerations into their portfolios, and provide an effective engagement platform for companies who want to adopt sustainable best practices.

Guido Giese, Head of Indices, RobecoSAM notes: “We are proud to celebrate 15 years of providing investors with sophisticated benchmarks for corporate sustainability. Since 1999, we have helped investors realize the financial materiality of sustainability and companies continue to tell us that the DJSI provides an excellent tool to measure the effectiveness of their sustainability strategies. In 15 years, the total number of companies we assess has more than quadrupled. We have also developed new sustainability benchmarks for investors such as country and regional indices.”

Thanks to the best-in-class approach, a vibrant competition among companies for inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices has ensued. To be included or remain in the index, companies have to continually intensify their sustainability initiatives. RobecoSAM believes this approach will benefit all stakeholders: investors, employees, customers and, ultimately, society and the environment.

Each year, over 2,500 of the largest companies in terms of float-adjusted market capitalization from all industries within the Dow Jones Global Total Stock Market Index are invited to participate in RobecoSAM’s Corporate Sustainability Assessment. This assessment is based on the annual RobecoSAM questionnaire, combined with an external media and stakeholder analysis, the ongoing monitoring of media and stakeholder commentaries and other publicly available information from consumer organizations, NGOs, governments or international organizations. The assessment covers sustainability performance in the economic, environmental and social dimension.

DJSI experts: partnership between RobecoSAM and Finch & Beak 

Since 2007 Finch & Beak and RobecoSAM have joined forces to collaborate, which offers a unique position for Finch & Beak and our customers. Are you looking for ways to use benchmarking for spurring your sustainability performance and could you use guidance for the assessments? Please contact Nikkie Vinke, consultant and DJSI expert, at nikkie@between-us or call +31 76 522 28 17. 

About Nikkie Vinke

Multidisciplinary advisor in benchmarking, (open) innovation, strategy development and program management, with a black belt in DJSI. | nikkie@finchandbeak.com

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