Every year the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes Review (DJSI World) provides a global analysis of corporate sustainability leadership across 57 sectors, capturing the top 10 percent of the biggest 2500 companies worldwide. Following this year’s assessment, 41 companies will be added to the list while 23 will be deleted. Of note when it comes to the top ranked is PepsiCo, Samsung Electronics and BMW, which is the only company in the automotive industry to be listed in this family of indexes every year since it was established in 1999.
Investment boutique SAM compiled the index by conducting a corporate sustainability assessment, the results of which provide 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.
The largest additions (by free-float market capitalisation) this year include Medtronic Inc. and Schneider Electric, meanwhile it’s bye-bye to Coca-Cola and Hewlett-Packard Co who are among the largest deletions from the list. Adding insult to injury for Coca Cola is PepsiCo’s top place ranking in the food and beverage category.
While Interbrand’s Best Global Green Brands 2011 report recently revealed Toyota as its top place getter, the results of the 2011 DJSI World reveals BMW as the leader within the automobiles and parts category, one of 19 categories assessed by the index.
Chief executive of SAM, Michael Baldinger, says that in spite of economic turmoil, sustainability remains a priority on corporate and investor agendas. He says the index provides “access to a benchmark that offers investors exposure to sustainability leaders in each sector around the world, while also enabling them to create innovative passive and structured products”.
SAM annually identifies the top company in each of the 19 supersectors into which the 57 sectors roll up. The 2011-2012 supersector leaders are:
An in depth presentation of the results can be found here.
This story originally appeared on Idealog Sustain