Started in 1999, SAM, Zurich, Switzerland, and Dow Jones Indexes, London, UK, invite each year the world’s 2,500 largest companies, measured by free-float market capitalization, from 57 sectors to report 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.
This year 41 companies will be added to, and 23 firms will be deleted from the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI), resulting in a total of 342 components. The largest additions to the DJSI include Medtronic Inc., Schneider Electric S.A., and Societe Generale S.A., the largest deletions are Coca-Cola Co., Hewlett-Packard Co., and EnCana Corp.
All changes will become effective with the open of the stock markets on September 19, 2011.
Since 2004 Royal DSM is named six times the worldwide sustainability leader in the chemical industry sector and twice ranked amongst the very top leaders in the sector. LANXESS will be listed for the first time.