Dow Jones Indexes and SAM Group today announced the results of the Annual Review 2001 for the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World). Effective October 5, 2001, the
DJSI World will include 312 companies from 62 industries in 26 countries with a combined market capitalization of more than 6.2 trillion EUR.
The Annual Review of the DJSI World is based on SAM Researchs comprehensive
assessment of the 2,500 largest companies in the Dow Jones Global Index. Covering over 30 criteria in the three sustainability dimensions, it rates a companys economic, environmental and social performance.
According to Ivo Knoepfel, Head of Index Research at SAM , this years review showed a significant increase of the average sustainability performance since 2000. It is encouraging to
see the progress different sectors and companies made during the last twelve months. The increasing level of sustainability competition creates value for the companies and for
Mike Petronella, Managing Director of Dow Jones Indexes, adds: Sustainability has moved into mainstream asset management. A growing number of investors now share our conviction that integrating economic, environmental and social success factors into business strategy can result in competitive advantages.
This development is also mirrored by the increasing demand of investors for DJSI World based products. During the last twelve months we have nearly doubled the number of asset
managers that use our index for a variety of investment products including mutual funds, equity baskets, certificates and segregated accounts. Today, there are over 30 well-known
financial institutions in 12 countries that have licensed the DJSI World to manage sustainability-driven portfolios, says Alexander Barkawi, Managing Director of SAM