Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) are used to evaluate the sustainability performance of the largest 2,500 companies listed on the Dow Jones Stock Market Index. Their sustainability benchmarks were launched in 1999 and are a key reference point for sustainability investors. The DJSI are managed jointly by S&P Dow Jones Indices and Robeco Sustainable Asset Management and are based on RobecoSAM’s internationally recognised Corporate Sustainability Assessment methodology. They are made up of a number of regional indexes which are all based on the same factors.
Indexes are available in both US dollars and Euros and are based on market capitalisation. Each DJSI index covers the top ranked companies in its sector terms of economic, environmental and social indicators, which are given equal ratings. This best-in-class approach allows conversations about sustainability to happen between companies from all industries and therefore provide more improvements to companies’ sustainability practices. Companies strive to be included in the indexes, meaning they are constantly working on their sustainability initiatives.