AkzoNobel retains DJSI number one ranking

Posted on 13 Sep 2013 by The Manufacturer

AkzoNobel has again topped the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices by heading the newly named Materials industry group category.

The listing represents the eighth consecutive year of the Dutch multinational ranking in the top three, in a year which also saw it amass €15.4bn in revenue.

AkzoNobel CEO Ton Büchner said the company’s latest ranking shows business and sustainability can operate coherently.

“Sustainability is fundamental to our strategy of connecting value creation to resource efficiency and maintaining our DJSI leadership status underscores our belief that sustainability is business and business is sustainability,” he said.

Mr Büchner added that despite the success, more improvements are needed for the company to accelerate the pace of its commitment in order to take advantage of sustainable growth opportunities.

“This will involve entering into even closer partnerships with customers and suppliers to help drive sustainable innovations,” he said.

“We must also remain fully focused on further improving our performance in order to take the next major leap forward on our journey to creating more value from fewer resources.”

Regarded as one of the world’s foremost sustainability indices, the DJSI World Index benchmarks the sustainability performance of leading companies based on environmental, social and economic performance, including forward-looking indicators.

It assesses various criteria, including supply chain management, operational eco-efficiency, product stewardship, human capital development and occupational health and safety.