September 03, 2009
Annual Review of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index Is Completed
by Robert Kropp
Global composite index, which tracks leaders in corporate sustainability, adds 33 companies and
deletes 33, leaving the number of components at 317.
SAM Group has completed its annual review
of the global stock market performance of the top 10% of leading sustainability companies, and the
Dow Jones Sustainability World
Index (DJSI World) has been updated to reflect the results of the review.
Following SAM's analysis, 33 companies have been
added to the DJSI World and 33 have been deleted, leaving the number of components in the Index at
317. On the basis of SAM's analysis, the components of nine subset indexes were updated, as well.
The DJSI World was launched in 1999. The Index is weighted based on market capitalization,
and changes are made every September based on SAM's updated sustainability scores. SAM's annual
review is based on its analysis of corporate economic, environmental and social performance, and
assessments of corporate governance, risk management, branding, climate change mitigation, supply
chain standards, and labor practices.
The Index addresses general as well as
industry-specific sustainability criteria for 58 industries. Sector classifications are based on
the Industry Classification Benchmark
(ICB) classifications for industry, supersector, sector, and subsector. SAM's analysis also
identified leaders in 19 supersectors.
The largest companies added to the DJSI World
following the 2009 review include Johnson & Johnson, Coca-Cola, and Samsung Electronics. The
largest companies deleted from the Index are National Grid, Mitsubishi Estate, and SABMiller.
Seven US-based companies were added to the DJSI World in 2009: Johnson & Johnson, Coca-Cola,
Colgate-Palmolive, Genzyme, PG&E, El Paso Corp., and Sonoco Products. Six US-based companies were
deleted from the Index: Advanced Micro Devices, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, FMC Technologies, Health
Net, Office Depot, and Waste Management.
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