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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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