Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

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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.

The DJSI is thought of as one of the leading sustainability frameworks in terms of usefulness for influencing discussions both with stakeholders and internally, as well as providing validation of accomplishments and market recognition. The frameworks also increase awareness of environmental impacts and risks, and opportunities to mitigate these. Media and Stakeholder Analysis form an essential part of the DJSI, and a case is set up if a harmful allegation arises to investigate how the company deals with the allegation. If a critical negative impact occurs, the company can be removed from the DJSI. This process ensures that the high standards and reputation of the indexes are upheld. 

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