SAM, an investment boutique focused exclusively on sustainability investing, together with Dow Jones Indexes, has released its 2010 annual review of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, adding 48 companies to the world’s most sustainable organizations on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World), while eliminating 46 firms, for a total of 318 companies, or index components.
The largest additions to the DJSI World include Standard Chartered, Morgan Stanley and ArcelorMittal while the biggest deletions are Toyota Motor, Royal Dutch Shell and UniCredit.
The review also results in the addition of 27 companies and deletion of 19 for the European Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index, 19 additions and 22 deletions for the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index, as well as 36 additions and 25 deletions for the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index. All changes are effective on September 20, 2010.
The annual review of the DJSI family is based on an analysis of corporate economic, environmental and social performance, assessing issues such as corporate governance, risk management, branding, climate change mitigation, supply chain standards and labor practices.
It accounts for general as well as industry specific sustainability criteria for each of the 57 sectors defined according to the Industry Classification Benchmark (ICB).
SAM also identified the top company for each of the 19 supersectors. The new 2010/2011 Supersector leaders are Air France-KLM (Travel & Leisure), AkzoNobel (Chemicals), ANZ Banking Group (Banks), BMW (Automobiles & Parts), EDP Energias de Portugal (Utilities), GPT Group (Real Estate), Investimentos Itaú (Financial Services), Lotte Shopping (Retail), Nokia (Technology), Pearson (Media), Philips Electronics (Personal & Household Goods), Roche (Health Care), Sasol (Oil & Gas), Siam Cement (Construction & Materials), Swiss Re (Insurance), Telefónica (Telecommunications), TNT (Industrial Goods & Services), Unilever (Food & Beverage) and Xstrata (Basic Resources).
In addition, Dow Jones Indexes and SAM announced the launch of their European sustainability index series that measures the performance of leading companies for sustainability in Europe, comprised of 150 companies as of September 8.
The Dow Jones Sustainability Europe indexes complement the global Dow Jones Sustainability index series and include broad benchmark as well as blue chip indexes for Europe and the Euro zone.
The Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index is reviewed annually in September. The top five companies on the index are Nestle S.A., HSBC Holdings PLC (UK Reg), Novartis AG, Total S.A. and Banco Santander S.A.
The Dow Jones Sustainability Eurozone Index measures the sustainability performance of the leading companies in the Euro zone region. The index includes 84 companies, ranking Total S.A., Banco Santander S.A., Telefonica S.A., Siemens AG and BNP Paribas S.A. as the top five leaders.
The Dow Jones Sustainability Europe 40 and Dow Jones Sustainability Eurozone 40 indexes track the performance of the 40 largest sustainability leaders in the Europe and Euro zone region respectively.
The top five companies in the Dow Jones Sustainability Europe 40 are Novo Nordisk A/S Series B, Nestle S.A., Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V., Rio Tinto PLC and LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, while the top five components in the Dow Jones Sustainability Eurozone 40 are Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V., LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, BMW AG, Siemens AG and Heineken N.V.
The table shows the global supersector leaders for 2010/2011.