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SAM: Results Announced for 2012 Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes Review

13-09-2012 | Press release

Results Announced for 2012 Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes Review

Zurich/New York, 13 September, 2012 - The 2012 results of the annual Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) review have been announced by SAM, the investment boutique focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing, and S&P Dow Jones Indices, the leading global index provider.

Index Name   AdditionsDeletionsTotal Components
Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index17    23166
Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index1716140
Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index1415154
Dow Jones Sustainability Korea Index3352

Guido Giese, Head of Indexes, SAM:The participation rate for this year’s Corporate Sustainability Assessment was 8.4% higher than last year. We see this as a strong signal of the increasing recognition that integrating sustainability into corporate strategies is essential to the bottom line. The companies that participate in our assessment really grasp the financial materiality of incorporating sustainability into their strategies.”

David Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the S&P Dow Jones Index Committee, S&P Dow Jones Indices:Over the last several years, we have witnessed a continued and growing interest in long-term oriented investment strategies that include sustainability investing. In this environment, the DJSI, with its long track record of evaluating the sustainability performance of some of the world’s largest companies, has become an important reference in the industry, for investors as well as for companies included in the indices.”

The DJSI follow a best-in-class approach, including companies across all industries that outperform their peers in numerous sustainability metrics. SAM invites the world’s 2,500 largest companies (by free-float market capitalization) from the 58 sectors to report annually on their sustainability performance. The result of 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.

SAM annually identifies the top company in each of the 19 supersectors derived from the 58 sectors. The 2012-2013 Supersector Leaders are (listed alphabetically by supersector):

Supersector Leaders (2012 – 2013)Supersector
Bayerische Motoren Werke AGAutomobiles & Parts
Australia & New Zealand Banking Group LtdBanks
UPM-Kymmene OYJBasic Resources
Akzo Nobel NVChemicals
GS Engineering & Construction CorpConstruction & Materials
Itausa- Investimentos Itau SAFinancial Services
Unilever NVFood & Beverage
Roche Holding AGHealthcare
Siemens AGIndustrial Goods & Services
Swiss Re AGInsurance
Telenet Group Holding NVMedia
MediaRepsol SAOil & Gas
Koninklijke Philips Electronics NVPersonal & Household Goods
GPT GroupReal Estate
Lotte Shopping Co LtdRetail
Alcatel-Lucent SATechnology
KT CorpTelecommunications
Air France-KLMTravel & Leisure
Iberdrola SAUtilities

Launched in 1999, the DJSI are the first global indexes tracking the financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide. The DJSI enable investors to integrate sustainability considerations into their portfolios while providing an effective engagement platform for encouraging companies to adopt sustainable best practices.

Today, the index family has approximately USD 6 billion in assets under management in a variety of financial products including mutual funds, separate accounts, structured products and exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Approximately 55 products are based on the indexes serving asset managers and banks in 15 countries.

For additional information on the DJSI, please visit:

http://www.sustainability-indexes.com/

http://www.djindexes.com/sustainability/

Read more about The Dow Jones Sustainability Index:The Dow Jones Sustainability Index: allowing investors to remain ahead of the curve

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