Volkswagen, Siemens, Panasonic named sustainability leaders in their categories in 2013 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices review

On September 12, the annual 2013 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) review revealed the 24 industry group leaders among 1,831 publicly traded companies of the S&P Global Broad Market Index, representing 59 industries from 45 countries.

Analyzed for over 15 years by the world’s leading provider of financial data in collaboration with the investment specialist RobecoSAM, DJSI tracks the financial performance of the sustainability-driven companies. The index is an important piece of data for those international investors who see sustainability as the right long-term strategy of a profitable business.

The indices are the result of assessment of economic, environmental and social criteria, such as companies’ financial stability and systemic risk, product stewardship, climate strategy, operational eco-efficiency and stakeholder engagement. Additionally to the global indices DJSI World, there are more specific, regional and national rankings such as for Europe, North America, Asia Pasific, Emerging Markets, Korea and Australia. Not all the companies agreed to provide private data to RobecoSAM for assessment—roughly 26% (669 of 2500 invited) refused to participate in the analysis, while 1,013 companies were assessed based exclusively on public information.

Industry Group Leaders 
  1. Volkswagen AG
  2. Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd
  3. Siemens AG
  4. Adecco SA
  5. Panasonic Corp
  6. Tabcorp Holdings Ltd
  7. Citigroup Inc
  8. BG Group Plc
  9. Woolworths Ltd
  10. Nestle SA
  11. Abbott Laboratories
  12. Henkel AG & Co KGaA
  13. Allianz SE
  14. Akzo Nobel NV
  15. Telenet Group Holding NV
  16. Roche Holding AG
  17. Stockland
  18. Lotte Shopping CO Ltd
  19. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd
  20. SAP AG
  21. Alcatel-Lucent SA
  22. KT Corp
  23. Air France-KLM
  24. EDP — Energies de Portugal SA
  1. Automobiles and Components
  2. Banks
  3. Capital Goods
  4. Commercial and Professional Services
  5. Consumer Durables and Apparel
  6. Consumer Services
  7. Diversified Financials
  8. Energy
  9. Food and Staples Retailing
  10. Food, Beverage & Tobacco
  11. Health Care Equipments & Services
  12. Household and Personal Products
  13. Insurance
  14. Materials
  15. Media
  16. Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology & Life Sciences
  17. Real Estate
  18. Retailing
  19. Semiconductor & Semiconductor Equipment
  20. Software and Services
  21. Technology Hardware & Equipment
  22. Telecommunication Services
  23. Transportation
  24. Utilities


The leader in DJSI World in the food and drinks sector, as well as the top sustainable company in the recently revealed Oxfam’s «Behind the Brands» ranking, is Nestle SA, Switzerland. Number one in the household and personal products category is Henkel; Volkswagen—in the automobile category, Panasonic—in the Consumer durables & apparel, SAP—in software and services, Air France-KLM—in transportation.

DJSI World 2013/2014 sees 39 additions (such as Bank of America Corp, UBS, United Parcel Service, Telefonica and others) as well as 47 deletions from the index (represented by Johnson and Johnson, HSBC Holdings Pld, Vodafone Group and others), and will have 333 components overall. All the changes are effective on Monday, September 23.

David Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the S&P Dow Jones Index Committee, S&P Dow Jones Indices comments on the review:

“The market upheavals and high debt levels of the last few years should remind investors that a long term view of the world and the markets is essential. The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices combine that kind of long run focus on sustainability with index investing to empower investors.”

Full information on DJSI review 2013 including methodology, assessment process and list of components (for licensees) is available here.