2016 Dow Jones Sustainability Index Results

Proud to be working for Europe’s sustainability top league
2016 Dow Jones Sustainability Index Results
Publ. date 6 Sep 2016
On the 8th of September 2016, RobecoSAM announced the results of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). We are proud to be working for Europe's frontrunners of which Koninklijke DSM and Telenet Group Holding are this year's industry group leaders. Other industry group leaders include Unilever, Roche Holding, Telecom Italia, and Metro AG. Companies that were added in this year’s world index are Cisco Systems, Essilor, Royal Dutch Shell, and Adobe Systems, whereas Samsung Electronics and BT Group are companies that have been deleted from the index.

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The criteria with the highest scores in 2016 are corporate governance, environmental policy and management systems, and codes of business conduct. Whereas the lowest scoring criteria are human capital development, operational eco-efficiency, and materiality. The last one was a new criterion for the 2016 assessment.

Media: Telenet Group Holding

Telenet has maintained its position as industry group leader in the media industry now for the fifth year in a row. Telenet ensures environmental sustainability through i.e. its re-forestation programs in which more than 533,000 native trees have been planted since 2011. Additionally, Telenet achieved climate neutral operations in 2015 through sustained efforts in the area of CO2 reduction and climate strategy. In terms of employee engagement, the company implemented a number of development and engagement programs which have led to strong employee satisfaction. The company's development of best-in-class and user-friendly products, its commitment to society and local communities, and its transparent pricing policy reflect the company's commitment to sustainability leadership in the media sector.

Chemicals: Koninklijke DSM

DSM has integrated sustainability in the way the company operates by means of a strong focus on material issues and measuring the environmental and social impact the company delivers. The company has reduced its environmental footprint and targets for further improvements are set. In DSM’s “Brighter Living Solutions” program, the company is able to provide solutions that tackle issues as resource scarcity and climate change. Products that are created in this program account for 60% of DSM’s product portfolio. Next to offering sustainable products, DSM stands out in its approach for risk and crisis management and labor practices and human rights.

Transparency creates urgency to do well  as a result of the partnership with Bloomberg

In the week of 20th September, the performance of all companies that have been appraised of the Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) will be accessible by the Bloomberg-licensees. The purpose of the collaboration between RobecoSAM and Bloomberg is to increase the transparency and investor relevance of its research by sharing selected results of the CSA with the global investment community. The fact that RobecoSAM will share information of all assessed companies will no doubt cause a major shock to the system, especially since more than 50% of the assessments is entirely based on documentation that is publicly available. Read more on the collaboration.

Lean Reporting and benchmarking

The increasing hunger for ESG information from investors and institutions is more and more burdening companies. Reporting activities take up much time at the cost of generating real impact. Meanwhile, research continues to show that it is not the overall sustainability profile that is driving long-term company value, but a focused approach on the organization’s most material topics.

Finch & Beak helps companies to avoid the reporting trap by focusing on issues that are key for your company and society, by choosing the right benchmarks, and through efficient ways of reporting. With more than 10 years of experience in Dow Jones Sustainability Index support and a long-term collaboration with RobecoSAM, Finch & Beak is one of Europe’s leading experts in assisting companies with their submission to ESG benchmarks.

Our work for (ex-) industry group leaders is characterized by a pragmatic approach that leverages existing assets in the short term, while identifying opportunities for strategic development in the future. This method proves its success by the fact that all our DJSI customers in 2016 were included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, and more than half of them ranked in the top 1% of their industry.

If your organization is looking to improve its sustainability performance, please contact Nikkie Vinke, senior consultant and DJSI expert at nikkie@finchandbeak.com or call +31 6 28 02 18 80.

About the Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Launched in 1999, the DJSI is the major standard for corporate sustainability. This year 3,400 of the world’s largest companies in both developed and emerging markets were invited to take part in RobecoSAM’s Corporate Sustainability Assessment, in which the most financially material environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors are assessed.

Image source: Becoming number one, Zenat Elain, Flickr

About Bas Nuijten

Sustainability professional aiming to help organizations to continuously improve their sustainability strategies. | 
bas@finchandbeak.com

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