Branch leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes once again.Munich. 09/11/2006 -- In the automobile industry, the BMW Group is the world leader in corporate sustainability. This was the conclusion reached by the SAM Group in its current evaluation of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI). This means that the BMW Group has been able to successfully defend its number one position of last year, and makes it the only company in the sector to have been listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index World and in the European Dow Jones Sustainability STOXX Index without a break since the establishment of the Index in 1999. The volume of the financial assets managed according to these indexes is currently about five billion US dollars.
The SAM Group analyses 2,500 companies each year in terms of their ecological, social and economic performance and selects the best 10% for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. Industry-specific challenges are also taken into account. In the automobile industry, for example, these are climate change, or ecological and social standards at supplier companies.
Sustainability is part of the corporate strategy in the BMW Group. Engineers at the BMW Group, for example, have been working for years on reducing fuel consumption. Besides optimising both petrol and diesel engines, this also includes electrifying the drive and converting hydrogen in combustion engines. With BMW CleanEnergy, the company is presenting its vision of CO2-free driving. Environmental management systems at the production sites help to prevent possible negative effects on the environment. High social standards for the employees of the BMW Group have been implemented in practice at all locations for decades. In addition, the BMW Group takes on a wide range of social activities, not only in the vicinity of their locations, but also worldwide. More detailed information on this is available at www.bmwgroup.com/responsibility
The Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes family is made up of global and European indexes. The Dow Jones Sustainability Index was the first global sustainability index to be created, in 1999, and has since then been published each year by the SAM Group, based in Zurich, in cooperation with Dow Jones Indexes and STOXX Limited.
Source: BMW Group