The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for 2018 have been released, with many Sustainable Brands Corporate Members retaining their spots as global sustainability leaders. Created in 1999, the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices benchmark sustainability performance and sustainability investment for companies around the globe. Companies are assessed based on corporate economic, social, and environmental performance.
SB Corporate Members named to the World and North America Index include 3M, Bank of America, Best Buy, Campbell's, CVS Health, Disney, Gildan, GM, Hershey, Johnson & Johnson, Mastercard, P&G, Danone, Stanley Black & Decker, UPS, Visa, Nestle, BillerudKorsnas, Cisco, SAP, and HPE.
Our members continue to lead in their respective industries through sustainability initiatives and innovative programs:
- 3M has been included in the World and North America Index for the 19th consecutive year. The company achieved impressive feats this past year, including a 68.1% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions since 2002, sourcing 30% of their global electricity from renewable energy sources, and launching smog-reducing granules that use sunlight to remove smog pollution when used on roofing shingles.
- Bank of America earned a spot on the North America Index under the Banks Industry.
- Best Buy has been named to the index for the eighth consecutive year, being only one of two US retailers in the World Index. They were recognized for their work to reduce carbon emissions and help teems from underserved communities prepare for tech-reliant jobs.
- BillerudKorsnas was again included in the World Index under the Materials industry.
- Campbell Soup earned the honor for the North America Index for the tenth consecutive year. Key achievements they were recognized for include: delivering more than 15 billion servings of vegetables to the global marketplace, launching new Responsible Sourcing goals, and achieving a 91 percent landfill diversion rate.
- Cisco has been named on the World Index eleven times over the past thirteen years.
- Danone was named to the World Index under the Food, Beverage, and Tobacco Industry.
- DowDuPont has made it onto the list for the second year in a row since the two companies merged. The company earned the honor of sustainability leader in the “Materials Industry” category, based on their financial material Environmental, Social, and Governance factors.
- The Walt Disney Company was named on the North America Index under the Media Industry.
- Gildan Activewear retains its spot in the North America Index for the [sixth consecutive year](http://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/41359-Gildan-Listed-on-the-2018 -Dow-Jones-Sustainability-Index ). “Following a comprehensive materiality assessment with key stakeholders this year, we revised our Genuine Responsibility™ program to focus on three commitments, namely, caring for our employees, conserving the environment and creating strong communities,” said Claudia Sandoval, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship, Gildan.
- GM remains the only automaker in the North America Index for the fourth consecutive year, and earns the second spot on the World Index. GM plans on sourcing 100 percent renewable energy for their electricity needs globally by 2050, and leads the industry with the most operations around the world that send zero waste to landfill.
- Hershey earned the honor for both the World Index and the North America Index under the Food, Beverage, and Tobacco Industry.
- HPE was named the industry leader in Computers & Peripherals on the World Index. The honor reflects HPE’s holistic business strategy through leadership in governance, human rights, digital inclusion, product innovation, stewardship, and supply chain responsibility.
- Johnson & Johnson was named to the North America Index under the Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology, and Life Sciences Industry.
- Mastercard was named to the North American Index under Software & Services Industry.
- Nestle earned the top spot in the Food Products category last year, and retains a spot in the Food, Beverage, and Tobacco industry on the World Index.
- P&G was named to the list under the Household & Personal Products category.
- SAP has been named software sector leader for the twelfth consecutive year. “The latest Dow Jones Sustainability Indices results show once again that SAP is well on track to lead the sustainability journey,” said Daniel Schmid, chief sustainability officer, SAP. “I want to thank all employees who contribute to these results with their work on a daily basis and thus help the world run better and improve people’s lives.”
- Stanley Black & Decker was honored on the North American Index for the eighth consecutive year and was also included on the World Index. The company was deemed a global sustainability leader for their improved CSR Strategy, which now aligns with the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
- Unilever has been named sector leader nineteen times and top of their industry seventeen times since 1999 when the benchmark was created. Jeff Seabright, Chief Sustainability Officer at Unilever, said, “DJSI continues to be an important yardstick of sustainability leadership and we’re delighted that our efforts continue to be recognized. We are by no means at the end of our journey but results like this show that we are on the right path.”
- UPS was named on the World Index for the sixth consecutive year, and on the North America Index for the fourteenth year. The DJSI recognizes the company’s work towards sustainability goals such as adding more alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles to its fleet and increasing reliance on renewable energy sources.