Sustainability Yearbook 2012 disclosed by Sustainable Asset Management (SAM)

Swiss asset manager SAM recently disclosed its annual Sustainability Yearbook for 2012. With a benchmarking approach the Swiss company analyses the sustainability performance of the worlds 2500 largest companies. In some sectors biodiversity and ecosystem services also play a role.

26/01/2012 - The reason, why the attention of the world´s largest companies focuses on the annual disclosure of the Yearbook is quite simple: SAMs analysis is the basis for the configuration of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI).

The key for a global player to be taken up in the DJSI is the sustainability performance of the company. Those top performers, being among the best 10% of their sector according to SAMs assessment, are incorporated into the DJSI-World index.

The Corporate Sustainability Assessment, conducted by SAM, also focuses on biodiversity issues which play a role in determining the ecological performance in certain industries - from the extractive and constructive sector to water, energy or real-estate. Ecosystem services are only mentioned in conjunction with the economic performance of the forestry and pulp sector but are implicitly anchored in the ecological analyses of the different sectors.  
  
The Yearbook 2012 also deals with the role of the chemical industry and the divergent environmental performances of leaders and laggers. Substantial differences in performance have been revealed especially in the field of innovation management. Therefore the Yearbook showcases how companies can identify key factors of successful innovation management - as well as its contribution to reduced ecological footprints in the industrialised world and improved opportunities for sustainable economic growth in developing countries.

The Sustainability Yearbook 2012 can be found here.
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