Four Dutch companies named world's most sustainable in their sector

Four Dutch companies are the most sustainable in the world in their sector, according to the 2012 Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI), which track the financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide.

Dutch companies AkzoNobel (Chemicals), Unilever (Food & Beverage), Philips (Personal & Household Goods) and AirFrance-KLM (Travel & Leisure), have outperformed the rest of their peers with respect to sustainability in 2012.

Unilever is a consistent sustainability leader, having been named the best in its sector for 14 years in a row. Air France-KLM has led its sector for the past eight years. AkzoNobel improved from a second place finish in 2011, and has ranked in the top three every year since 2007.  Philips was named most sustainable in its sector for the second year in a row.

Launched in 1999, the DJSI World Index assesses the sustainability performance of the world's 2.500 largest companies from 58 industry sectors based on environmental, social and economic performance, including forward-looking indicators.

2012-2013 supersector leaders:

 Automobiles & Parts: Bayerische Motoren Werke AG
 Banks: Australia & New Zealand Banking Group
 Basic Resources: UPM-Kymmene OYJ
 Chemicals: Akzo Nobel NV
 Construction & Materials: GS Engineering & Construction Corp
 Fin. Services: Itausa - Investimentos Itau SA
 Food & Beverage: Unilever NV
 Healthcare: Roche Holding AG
 Industrial Goods & Services: Siemens AG
 Insurance: Swiss Re AG
 Media: Telenet Group Holding NV
 Oil & Gas: Repsol SA
 Personal & Household Goods: Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV
 Real Estate: GPT Group
 Retail: Lotte Shopping Co Ltd
 Technology: Alcatel-Lucent SA
 Telecommunications: KT Corp
 Travel & Leisure: Air France-KLM
 Utilities: Iberdrola SA

Source: 2012 Dow Jones Sustainability World Indices

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