BMW, Unilever, Siemens and Iberdrola are among the named as leaders in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI).
There are 19 categories from banking to travel, and they score companies on sustainability issues from climate change mitigation to corporate governance and supply chain standards.
Swiss investment company SAM, invites the world’s largest 2500 companies to report on their sustainability performance.
“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,” says Guido Giese, head of indexes at SAM.
The new listing loses IBM, GlaxoSmithKline and United Technologies Corporation, but sees the inclusion of new members Microsoft and Target.
Commenting on Unilever’s top spot in the food and beverage sector, which recognises its record on environmental policy and management and packaging, chief sustainability officer Gail Klintworth said:
“This is a great testament to… our ambition of doubling the size of our business while reducing our environmental impact and increasing our positive social impact in the world. [But] there’s still plenty of room for improvement. We won’t be resting on our laurels as we work in partnership with our stakeholders to achieve our sustainable growth mission.”