Novozymes receives gold ranking in SAM Sustainability Yearbook 2011

Novozymes is proud to receive the gold ranking as top sustainability performer in the SAM Sustainability Yearbook 2011 for the second time in two years. This recognition places Novozymes among the world’s top sustainability leaders.

Today, the investment group Sustainable Asset Management (SAM) published its 2011 Sustainability Yearbook, a guide to the world’s leading companies in terms of sustainability, based on the companies included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. The best-performing companies across all sectors receive a SAM Gold Class rating award. For the second year in a row, Novozymes has achieved this top gold ranking.  
 
Only the top 15% out of 2,500 companies are included in the SAM Sustainability Yearbook. The best performers among these 15% receive the SAM Gold, Silver, Bronze, Leader or Mover Award.
 
For Novozymes, the gold ranking gives widely acclaimed third-party recognition of the professionalism with which the company approaches its sustainability goals. Today’s gold ranking comes in addition to Novozymes achieving the rank of Sector Leader in nine previous years. 
 
Because the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes are widely recognized, have an 11-year track record, and measure sustainability performance within more than 20 areas across economic, social, and environmental dimensions, the indexes provide an excellent benchmark for Novozymes. The Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes are currently the best-known, and also indicate specific areas where Novozymes can continue to improve its sustainability performance and stay current with new best practices.
 
Sustainability is a growth driver
Novozymes is committed to demonstrating sustainability leadership by making sure that the company identifies developments on the sustainability agenda that are relevant for the business and organization. Sustainability will become an increasingly important growth driver and define markets, and it is Novozymes’ long-term ambition to be recognized as a company that demonstrates leadership and sets the standards when it comes to sustainability.
 
“Our efforts have made us a top performer in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes and SAM Sustainability Yearbook, an achievement that enhances our credibility with business partners, who appreciate that having our own house in order is part of our service – and something that we are ready to share with them,” says Mads Bodenhoff, Novozymes Vice President of Finance. 
 
A clear, consistent approach
Novozymes scored especially high this year within the environmental dimension, in stakeholder engagement, and in business ethics. All of these are areas in which SAM, on behalf of Dow Jones, has evaluated that Novozymes has a clear organizational setup and procedures in place and a well-organized, consistent approach that is aligned with the business strategy.
 
To be included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes requires that a company is using sustainability in a strategic way that is integrated with the business and creates value far beyond mere regulatory compliance. 
 
Read more about Novozymes’ approach to sustainability work in The Novozymes Report 2010, “Sustainability as a business driver.” 

About the Dow Jones Index and SAM
Launched in 1999, the Dow Jones Sustainability World Indexes (DJSI World) comprise the leading companies around the world in terms of sustainability. Based on long-term economic, environmental, and social criteria, it captures the top 10% of the biggest 2,500 companies worldwide. The investment volume of DJSI-based portfolios exceeds USD 8 billion.

Sustainable Asset Management (SAM) is an investment group focused exclusively on sustainability investing that provides asset managers with benchmarks to manage sustainability portfolios. SAM partners with Dow Jones Indexes and STOXX Limited to publish and license the globally recognized Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI).