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RobecoSAM Publishes “The Sustainability Yearbook 2018”

  • Increasing number of companies prioritize ESG
  • European companies remain at the forefront of ESG performance
  • The Sustainability Yearbook 2018 companies are “pushing the boundaries of the status quo toward a more sustainable future”

Zurich, February 1, 2018

RobecoSAM, the investment specialist that has focused exclusively on Sustainable Investing (SI) for over 22 years, today announced the publication of “The Sustainability Yearbook 2018”. The Yearbook showcases the sustainability performance of the world’s largest companies and includes the top 15% per industry, which are awarded Gold, Silver or Bronze Class medals.

RobecoSAM has analyzed the corporate sustainability performance of the world’s largest listed companies every year since 1999. The assessment for the 2018 Yearbook looked at 60 industries from 43 different countries – close to 150,000 documents were examined and over 2,200,000 data points were collected on financially material ESG criteria. The Yearbook therefore provides a telling picture of every industry in terms of ESG performance.

Number of Yearbook companies increases despite fierce competition and tougher assessment criteria
This year, 479 companies qualified for inclusion in the Yearbook, that is 9 companies more than last year and reflects companies’ efforts to push the boundaries of sustainability practices despite fierce competition from industry peers, and tougher ESG assessment criteria. 73 RobecoSAM Gold Class medals, 78 RobecoSAM Silver Class medals and 118 RobecoSAM Bronze Class medals were awarded to the evaluated companies. From a regional perspective, the greatest number of companies included in the Yearbook and the most RobecoSAM Gold Class medal winners continue to be located in Europe.

Region
Companies Included
Gold Class Medal Companies
1.    Europe
185
40
2.    Asia Pacific
114
14
3.    North America
99
8
4.    Emerging Markets
81 2
11

Aris Prepoudis, CEO, RobecoSAM: “We have entered a period of change where investors, governments, institutions, and companies are rising to face global challenges head-on. As the interest in generating positive impact grows and the ambition to achieve the UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) becomes more widespread, sustainability thinking is not only becoming more sophisticated, but also critical for companies to consider. The companies included in The Sustainability Yearbook 2018 are moving the needle and will help us realize the SDGs. I congratulate them whole heartedly for their achievement and encourage them to continue pushing the boundaries of the status quo toward a more sustainable future.”

Daniel Wild, PhD, Head of Sustainable Investing Research & Development and Member of the Executive Committee, RobecoSAM: “Year after year we have seen an increasing number of companies actively participate in our Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA). This not only speaks to the growing importance of materiality for companies seeking to assess their ESG performance, but it also highlights our leading position as a sustainability standard-setter. At RobecoSAM, we take a holistic approach to assessing a company’s ESG performance. We do not only look at a company’s operations, but we also assess the impact of companies’ products and services to identify companies that excel in ESG and demonstrably contribute toward achieving the SDGs.”

The Sustainability Yearbook 2018 White Papers

Every year, RobecoSAM identifies some of the most important sustainability topics and shares its expertise through white papers in the introduction to The Sustainability Yearbook 2018. This year, these papers include:

Contact

RobecoSAM AG
Corporate Communications
Office number: +41 44 653 10 02
E-mail: com@robecosam.com

For more information visit The Sustainability Yearbook 2018 microsite: https://yearbook.robecosam.com

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For additional information, please contact:

RobecoSAM AG
François Vetri
Head of Corporate Communications
Josefstrasse 218
8005 Zurich / Switzerland
T: +41 44 653 10 02
E: com@robecosam.com
www.robecosam.com

1In a previous version of this press release the number of companies that qualified for inclusion in the Yearbook was 478. The press release was updated on February 22, 2018, to reflect the inclusion of Celsia SA ESP in The Sustainability Yearbook 2018. The company was erroneously omitted during the Yearbook production process.

2In a previous version of this press release the number of companies located in Emerging Markets that qualified for inclusion in the Yearbook was 80. The press release was updated on February 22, 2018, to reflect the inclusion of Celsia SA ESP in The Sustainability Yearbook 2018. The company was erroneously omitted during the Yearbook production process.

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