In the Netherlands, Air France-KLM has been listed as No. 1 in the airline industry on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, the most important international index assessing the performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide. Additionally, for the 7th consecutive year, Air France-KLM has maintained its position as Industry Group Leader in the broader transportation sector, embracing air, rail, sea and road transportation as well as airport operations.
At the same time, Dutch corporate giant Royal DSM was named among the worldwide leaders in the Materials industry group in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index published today. Since 2004, DSM has been named the leader in this sector six times and also named among the top leaders six times
The DJSI evaluates the sustainability performance of the largest companies listed on the Dow Jones Global Total Stock Market Index. The DJSI is managed cooperatively by S&P Dow Jones Indices and RobecoSAM (Sustainable Asset Management).
“It’s an exceptional achievement, succeeding in maintaining our leading position for so long,” said KLM President & CEO Pieter Elbers. “It confirms not only that we assume responsibility as an employer, but also pursue innovation and take our responsibility with regard to the environment and society seriously. KLM has an established track record proving this. KLM is in a constant state of flux in relation to the environment and society. Several concrete long-term objectives have been formulated for a number of themes. One of these is the ‘Smart Energy’ programme aiming to achieve a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020. Over and above investing in more fuel-efficient aircraft and integrating lighter construction materials on board, using biofuel is one of the ways to achieve this target. We cooperate closely with suppliers and other parties to contribute towards the use of sustainable materials and resources throughout the value chain. ”
Feike Sijbesma, CEO and Chairman of the DSM Managing Board, commented: “We are proud to be once again amongst the global top leaders in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. We congratulate AkzoNobel on being named the leader in our industry. For Royal DSM, sustainability is not only a responsibility and a core value, but also an important business driver. By converting crop residue into advanced green biofuels, increasing solar panel yields and reducing the weight of cars we demonstrate every day that sustainability is an integral part of our business and a key differentiator for our customers.”