Unilever leads food and beverage sector on Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Posted by Isobel Drake on 10th September 2009

Dutch consumer products group Unilever has been named sustainability leader in the Food & Beverage sector of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the eleventh consecutive year.

The results of the 2009 annual assessment conducted by SAM (the Swiss investment group) together with Dow Jones Indexes and STOXX Ltd were announced late last week.

“We are delighted to have been ranked the number one food company by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the 11th year in a row,” Paul Polman, Unilever CEO, said. “Increasingly, successful organisations need to operate under long-term sustainable business models and reflect this in all their activities.”

The annual review of the DJSI is based on an analysis of corporate economic, environmental and social performance, assessing issues such as corporate governance, risk management, branding, climate change mitigation, supply chain standards and labour practices.

Unilever achieved an overall score of 81% for their social, economic and environmental contribution, measured across 22 performance criteria.