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Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Indexing Sustainability Investing: Results of 2012/2013 DJSI Announced

Akzo Nobel is out front in the chemicals sector of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) World Index this year, replacing DSM, last year’s corresponding ‘supersector’ winner.

In the healthcare sector, Roche Holding was identified as a supersector leader, while Anglo American leads the mining industry in the DJSI.  A total of 340 companies were listed in the DJSI World Index by SAM, the Zurich-based investment company focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing, who last week jointly announced with leading global index provider Dow Jones Indexes the results of their 2012 DJSI Corporate Sustainability Assessment.

As always there are winners and losers with 41 companies coming off the Index and being replaced by newcomers with an unparalleled commitment to Sustainability Investing.  Among the largest ten additions this year were software giant Microsoft, the Canadian National Railway Company and US retailing company Target, while IBM, GlaxoSmithKline and United Technologies were three of the largest firms to drop off the Index.

The Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes were launched in 1999, becoming the first global indices to rely exclusively on sustainability metrics to track the stock performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide.  Asset managers rely on these indices to provide them with reliable objective benchmarks to manage sustainability portfolios.

The Corporate Sustainability Assessment provides an in-depth analysis of economic, environmental and social criteria, such as corporate governance, water-related risks and stakeholder relations, with a special focus on industry-specific risks and opportunities.

Blog by Neil Bradley


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