In official sustainability rankings, Panasonic is among the top companies worldwide. We’re pleased that our environmental commitment and social activities are being externally recognised.
In the international stock exchange, it’s money alone that rules – or so it seems. But here, too, more and more investors are taking companies’ focus on sustainability into account. An important point of reference for them in doing so is the ‘FTSE4Good Global Index’. Only companies that fulfil the global standards for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) are listed here. In 2011, Panasonic was again included in the FTSE4Good Global Index – like in all previous years since 2001. The Index is issued by the FTSE Group, an independent organisation jointly owned by the Financial Times and the London Stock Exchange. Incidentally: for years, the FTSE4Good Global Index license fees have been going to UNICEF for the benefit of children in need.
Companies with the strongest CSR activities across different sectors are awarded with the globally recognised ‘SAM Gold Class Award’. In 2011, Panasonic received this prize for the third time in a row. SAM (Sustainable Asset Management) is a global financial service provider with its headquarters in Switzerland that focuses exclusively on sustainable investments. It concentrates on asset management and the compilation of indexes and shareholdings within the eco-friendly technology sector (Cleantech). In the context of the Corporate Sustainability Assessment, SAM analyses more than 1,000 listed companies annually, which over time has given rise to the largest sustainability databases worldwide. Every year, SAM looks for companies that excel in terms of CSR initiatives and performances in economic, environmental and social dimensions. From approximately 2,500 of the world’s largest companies, SAM awards the best with Gold, Silver and Bronze for their outstanding CSR activities.
Panasonic was selected for inclusion in the ‘Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World’ list for the fourth time. This list is compiled by ‘Corporate Knights’ and its strategic partners and is published every year during the World Economic Forum in Davos. Corporate Knights is a Canadian magazine focused on ‘clean capitalism’. Only companies that excel in terms of environmental protection, human rights, secure and hygienic work environments, the prevention of corruption and the exercise of social responsibility are admitted to the Global 100.
For the sixth time running, Panasonic has been selected for the ‘Dow Jones Sustainability World Indexes’ (DJSJ World) – the world’s oldest and most highly recognised ranking for companies that adopt sustainable approaches. It looks at economic as well as ecological and social criteria of corporate activities. The largest companies represented in the Dow Jones Index provide the basis. They are divided into sectors, of which only the companies with the best sustainability performance make it into the DJSI (max. 300 altogether). Appropriate sector leaders are chosen, too. Panasonic was selected in 2010/11 as a ‘Supersector Leader’, a title that only 19 companies carry worldwide! The DJSJ is a joint project by the leading Index providers, Dow Jones Indexes and STOXX Limited, and the Swiss SAM Group.