Each year, research firm RobecoSAM asks 2500 of the world’s largest public companies to report on their sustainability performance – covering governance, social and environmental criteria. The analysis, which focuses on long-term shareholder value, results in "best of class" leaders – companies that lead their respective industries.
Some 2013 Industry Leaders:
Volkswagen: Automobiles & Components
Australia & New Zealand Banking Group: Banks
Siemens: Capital Goods
Panasonic: Consumer Durables
Citigroup: Diversified Financial Services
Henkel: Household & Personal Products
Air France-KLM: Transportation
EDP – Energias de Portugal: Utilities
Volkswagen’s new eUp! electric car:
Among the 39 companies added to the list this year are United Parcel Service (UPS) and a questionable one from our point of view – Bank of America, which still finances coal.
Among the 47 companies deleted for poor performance (compared to their peers) are Johnson & Johnson, HSBC and Bayer (currently fighting bans on pesticides that are killing bees and one of the biggest air polluters in the US.
Among the many factors analyzed are: climate strategy;
stakeholder engagement; product stewardship; operational eco-efficiency and financial stability.
The indices were the first in the world to provide investors with a benchmark to help them back sustainability leaders.
Here are the full results for 2013: