The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices are based on RobecoSAM’s internationally recognized leading Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) methodology.
Independent research has reaffirmed the robustness and relevance of RobecoSAM’s Corporate Sustainability Assessment methodology, which is the basis for the DJSI. In Rate the Raters, published in October 2012, the DJSI was identified as the rating/ranking that most experts were familiar with. In addition, the DJSI ranked within the top three most credible sustainability ratings of organizations surveyed by SustainAbility in both their 2010 and 2012 report.
In addition, in early 2009, an independent expert study commissioned by the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative and presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos highlighted the RobecoSAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment as “the most rigorous in terms of the number of questions and depth of information requested.”
The Corporate Sustainability Assessment provides companies with crucial insights into their sustainability performance. It makes companies aware of key sustainability issues to be considered in their corporate agenda.
The results of the annual RobecoSAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment form the research backbone for the construction of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices. The family takes a best-in-class approach to selecting sustainability leaders from all industries on the basis of defined sustainability criteria embedded in the RobecoSAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment.