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Dow Jones Sustainability Index
Unilever has been the sustainability leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for 12 straight years.
The DJSI was launched in 1999 and is the first global index tracking the financial performance of leading sustainability companies worldwide, which provides asset managers with reliable and objective benchmarking, as well as providing investors with sustainability-driven investment portfolios.
Today, shareholders demand sound financial returns, long-term economic growth, and transparent financial accounting. This then leads to a high standard of public reporting, requiring a company to have a management system structure in place to provide this type of information.
The framework or structure I recommend is to international standards that are accepted in over 190 countries. The framework for environmental standards includes the review of identification of environmental impacts and the setting of measurable objectives, which can then be audited through the internal audit process and the third-party audit process, either for registration or self-declaration, providing a verification of an environmental management system process in place.
The DJSI is offered by S&P Dow Jones Indices, the world's largest global resource for index-based concepts, data, and research, and RobecoSAM, which is the internationally recognized leading pioneer in corporate sustainability assessment (CSA) methodology.
They use the best-in-class approach for inclusion in the DJSI; therefore, companies continually intensify their sustainability initiatives, benefiting not only the corporation but also the investors, customers, and ultimately society and the environment.
The DJSI comprises global, regional (North America, Europe, South Pacific), and country benchmarks, as well as emerging markets. Table 7.1 lists super-sector leaders for 2012 in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.
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