Posted By Paul Tate, September 08, 2011 at 10:11 AM, in Category: Sustainability
The Dow Jones Sustainability Index announced its 2011 rankings today, recognizing companies that have outperformed their sector peers across a range of sustainability metrics over the last year.
The Index uses a ‘best in class’ Corporate Sustainability Assessment tool developed by Zurich-based investment house SAM. This ranks companies according to a set of pre-defined sustainability criteria – including both general and industry specific risks and opportunities, and spanning economic, environmental and social measures.
The SAM group analyzes results from around 2,500 companies across the world to help create the annual Sustainability Index.
This year’s “Super sector” leaders in key areas of manufacturing include:
- BMW (Germany) – Automobiles and Parts (This is the 7th year running that BMW has been ranked as the sector leader in auto industry sustainability)
- PepsiCo (US) – Food and Beverage
- Roche (Switzerland) – Healthcare
- Samsung Electronics (South Korea) – Technology
- Hyundai Engineering & Construction (South Korea) – Construction and Materials
- Repsol (Spain) – Oil and Gas
- Koninklijke Philips Electronics (Netherlands) – Personal and Household Goods
- Koninklijke DSM (Netherlands) – Chemicals
While the Sustainability Index is primarily used to better inform financial investments, SAM believes its approach also “provides companies with crucial insights into their sustainability performance [and] makes companies aware of key sustainability issues to be considered in their corporate agenda.”
How do you think your company’s sustainability efforts rank in your industry sector?
Written by Paul Tate
Paul Tate is Research Director and Executive Editor with Frost & Sullivan's Manufacturing Leadership Council. He also directs the Manufacturing Leadership Council's Board of Governors, the Council's annual Critical Issues Agenda, and the Manufacturing Leadership Research Panel. Follow us on Twitter: @MfgExecutive