Results Announced for 2012 Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes Review

19-09-2012

Green Freight Europe proudly congratulates Akzo Nobel (Chemicals) and Philips Electronics (Personal & Household Goods) to be the Supersector Leaders in their respective branches.

The DJSI World 2012/2013 will have 340 components as 41 companies will be added to, and 41 firms will be deleted from the index. All changes will become effective with the opening of the stock markets on September 24, 2012.

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):

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (Automobiles & Parts)
Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd  (Banks)
UPM-Kymmene OYJ     (Basic Resources)
Akzo Nobel NV      (Chemicals)
GS Engineering & Construction Corp   (Construction & Materials)
Itausa - Investimentos Itau SA    (Financial Services)
Unilever NV      (Food & Beverage)
Roche Holding AG     (Healthcare)
Siemens AG      (Industrial Goods & Services)
Swiss Re AG      (Insurance)
Telenet Group Holding NV    (Media)
Repsol SA      (Oil & Gas)
Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV   (Personal & Household Goods)
GPT Group      (Real Estate)
Lotte Shopping Co Ltd     (Retail)
Alcatel-Lucent SA     (Technology)
KT Corp      (Telecommunications)
Air France-KLM      (Travel & Leisure)
Iberdrola SA      (Utilities)

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/

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