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Dow reveals 2011 sustainability index results

Dow reveals 2011 sustainability index results

Interbrand’s recent Best Global Green Brands report may have named Toyota as its top place getter, but the results of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes Review for 2011 (DJSI World) has crowned BMW as the leader within the automobiles and parts category. Other top performing companies within the 19 categories include Samsung Electronics and PepsiCo. The news for Coca-Cola on the other hand is not so good

The index provides a global analysis of corporate sustainability leadership across 57 sectors, capturing the top 10 percent of the biggest 2500 companies worldwide. The results are complied by investment boutique SAM who conducts a corporate sustainability assessment, the results of which provide 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. Following this year’s assessment, 41 companies will be added to the DJSI World list while 23 will be deleted.

The largest additions (by free-float market capitalisation) this year include Medtronic Inc. and Schneider Electric, meanwhile it’s bye-bye to Coca-Cola and Hewlett-Packard Co who are among the largest deletions from the list. Adding insult to injury for Coca Cola is PepsiCo’s top place ranking in the food and beverage category.   

Chief executive of SAM, Michael Baldinger, says that in spite of economic turmoil, sustainability remains a priority on corporate and investor agendas. He says the index provides “access to a benchmark that offers investors exposure to sustainability leaders in each sector around the world, while also enabling them to create innovative passive and structured products”.

An in depth presentation of the results can be found here.  

SAM annually identifies the top company in each of the 19 supersectors into which the 57 sectors roll up. The 2011-2012 supersector leaders are:

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