Unilever named industry leader in Dow Jones Sustainability Index
In the 20th year of participating in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), Unilever has been named as the leader in the 2018 Personal Products industry. The result means Unilever continues to be included in DJSI World, a global investment index which tracks leading sustainable companies.
Unilever achieved industry best scores in a number of areas including innovation management, brand management, product stewardship, packaging and climate strategy.
DJSI is used by investors who recognise that responsible business practices are critical to generating long-term shareholder value and who wish to reflect sustainability convictions in their investment portfolios.
Unilever has participated in the DJSI since it was founded in 1999 when only 280 companies took part. Now, in 2018, over 2,000 companies are analysed every year on environmental, social and economic dimensions, with the bar being raised every year. Since the inaugural DJSI survey, Unilever has been named sector leader 19 times – demonstrating its long-term commitment to sustainable business and growth.
Jeff Seabright, Chief Sustainability Officer at Unilever said: “DJSI continues to be an important benchmark of sustainability leadership and we’re delighted that our efforts continue to be recognised. We are by no means at the end of our journey, but results like this show that we are on the right path.”
The DJSI Industry Group Leader Report, compiled by RobecoSAM in collaboration with the S&P Dow Jones Indices, states: “Unilever NV leads the Personal Products industry in RobecoSAM’s Corporate Sustainability Assessment based on its Total Sustainability Score in 2018.”
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