The 2020 Global Dow Jones Sustainability Index Results

Record participation and increased transparency in results for assessed companies
The 2020 Global Dow Jones Sustainability Index Results
Publ. date 13 nov 2020
After a prolonged submission period for the Corporate Sustainability Assessment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, last Friday S&P Dow Jones Indices announced the results of the annual Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) review. Arkema, Storebrand, Essity and Wendel Group are among the newcomers in this year’s DJSI Indices, while Alphabet Inc, Bank of America and UPS are among those who dropped out. As our summarizing infographic illustrates, this year the percentage of participating companies increased by an astonishing 19% compared to 2019.

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This is the first publication of the DJSI results since S&P Global has acquired SAM’s ESG Ratings and ESG Benchmarking Business, which was announced late 2019. The acquisition has not only resulted in a wider reach through the integration of data in S&P Global's services, but also an increased level of transparency in the feedback that companies receive from their benchmarking scorecards, as detailed scores across approximately 100 questions are now available to assessed companies for the first time.

Additionally, SAM reports that it saw a record climb in the number of companies actively participating in the Corporate Sustainability Assessment at 1,386, which includes 238 companies that participated in 2020 for the first time as well as 84 companies that returned after taking a break. According to SAM, the number of actively participating companies represents 40% of all invited firms, an increase compared to 34% in 2019.

In terms of methodology, the criteria Privacy Protection, Information Security & Cybersecurity were updated in the 2020 assessment to increase clarity and the application has been expanded to all industries.

Media: Telenet continues to lead the Media industry 

Telenet successfully maintains its media industry leadership for the 8th year in a row. Leading companies keep their focus on offering customized products and services through digitalization, as well as new technologies. Protection of customers’ data and preventing cyberattacks remain a high priority. Telenet particularly outperforms on the social topics of Talent Attraction and Retention and Human Capital Development. 

Insurance: Zurich Insurance Group takes over as the leader of the insurance industry 

Zurich Insurance Group is the leading insurer in 2020. Long-term sustainability trends and factors such as climate change and cybersecurity, are some of the aspects being considered in risk assessments and claims management processes by the most recognized insurers. Zurich Insurance Group is outperforming on the fields of Principles for Sustainable Insurance, Financial Inclusion and Risk & Crisis Management. 

Food & Staples Retailing: President Chain Store Corporation conquers the leading spot 

This year, President Chain Store Corporation is ranked first in the Food & Staples Retailing industry. Food retailers enhancing transparency in supply chains and reducing food loss and waste volumes, whilst integrating ESG thresholds in procurement policies are outperforming their peers in the sector. The growth in online grocery shopping highlights the importance of customer relationship management. President Chain Store Corporation is being credited for its efforts within the Customer Relationship Management, Health & Nutrition and Human Capital Development categories.  

Bureau Veritas champions in the Professional Services industry 

The development of human capital, as well as the attraction and retention of talent is crucial for companies in the Professional Services industry. These factors ensure the quality of the workforce and a reputation for integrity, which are key drivers for these knowledge-intensive companies. Labor Practice Indicators, Human Rights and Climate Strategy are the main elements where Bureau Veritas outperformed its industry peers.

Chemicals: PTT Global Chemical solidifies its position as the industry leader 

For the second year in a row, PTT Global Chemical is the leading company for the Chemicals industry in 2020. As an important provider for a large number of sectors, leading chemical companies focuses on multiple issues such as innovation, health and safety and operational eco-efficiency. Product risk assessments are essential to mitigate and manage product risks on human and the environment. High performance in Innovation management, Climate strategy and Water Related Risks enabled PTT Global Chemical to differentiate from the industry pack. 

Dexus preserves its leadership position in the Real Estate sector

Similar to last year, Dexus is the leader of the Real Estate industry. The leading companies in this sector are focused on improving structural efficiency and validate their sustainability efforts through credible green building certification schemes. Dexus manages to take the leading position through high performances in Social Integration and Regeneration, as well as Building materials. 

Finch & Beak helps you to accelerate results from ESG benchmarking

With over 15 years of experience in Dow Jones Sustainability Index support, Finch & Beak is one of Europe’s leading experts in improving our clients’ sustainability programs and ESG benchmark performance.

The Finch & Beak company vision is to accelerate sustainability. Our ESG and sustainability strategy work is characterized by a continuous improvement method that leverages existing assets in the short term while identifying opportunities for strategic development in the future. In 2020 we are supporting customers across nine countries with their DJSI approach, and we welcomed more than 100 participants to the DJSI Expert Trainings we hosted in collaboration with SAM over the last four years. Our method proves its success by the fact that Finch & Beak’s average tenure of DJSI-clients is more than three years and that our DJSI-clients rate their satisfaction with an 8.9 on average.

If your organization is looking to accelerate its sustainability performance, please download our service description or contact Josée van der Hoek, Director and DJSI expert at josee@finchandbeak.com or call +34 6 82 04 83 01.

For more background, please refer to the DJSI 2020 press release and background on the CSA results as published by S&P Global.

About the Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Launched in 1999, the DJSI is the major standard for corporate sustainability. This year, over 3,500 of the world’s largest companies in both developed and emerging markets were invited to take part in SAM’s Corporate Sustainability Assessment, in which the most financially material environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors are assessed. Only leading companies that are best equipped to recognize and respond to emerging opportunities and risks, resulting from global sustainability trends, are selected for inclusion in the DJSI.

About Nikkie Vinke

Multidisciplinary advisor in ESG benchmarking, sustainability strategy development and execution. | nikkie@finchandbeak.com