RobecoSAM Publishes the Annual Sustainability Yearbook 2015: Nine American Companies Recognized as Industry Leaders

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RobecoSAM Publishes the Annual Sustainability Yearbook 2015: Nine American Companies Recognized as Industry Leaders

Annual Sustainability Yearbook is the reference guide to the world’s leading companies based on their financially material ESG performance
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Monday, January 19, 2015 - 7:00am

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  • A compass for investors looking to scout out companies across all industries that have a competitive edge based on corporate sustainability criteria
  • Abbott Laboratories, Agilent Technologies Inc, Alcoa Inc, Ball Corp, Biogen Idec Inc, Humana Inc, Owens Corning, Spectra Energy Corp, Wyndham Worldwide Corp set global sustainability standard and receive RobecoSAM Industry Leader status
  • RobecoSAM celebrates its 20th anniversary and proudly announces: “We are Sustainability Investing.”

January 19, 2015 - RobecoSAM, the investment specialist focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing, today announced the publication of The Sustainability Yearbook 2015. The Yearbook looks back at companies’ sustainability performance in 2014, includes the best 15% per industry and ranks them Gold, Silver or Bronze. The top performing company from each of the 59 industries analyzed is awarded RobecoSAM Industry Leader status.

In total RobecoSAM has awarded 69 RobecoSAM Gold Class medals, 54 RobecoSAM Silver Class medals and 112 RobecoSAM Bronze Class medals to the evaluated companies. Split by region, Europe holds the greatest number of companies included in the Yearbook as well as the most RobecoSAM Gold Class medal winners.


Companies included

Gold Medal Companies

  1. Europe



  1. Asia Pacific



  1. North America



  1. Emerging Markets












Impressive coverage in terms of market capitalization per region

Since 1999, RobecoSAM has been assessing the sustainability performance of the largest listed companies on a yearly basis. 830 companies from 42 different countries participated in the latest RobecoSAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) and reported on their performance in financially material ESG criteria. Over the years the participation rate has on average steadily grown by 7% annually. With a total of 1,995 assessed companies, this year’s CSA provides a record 87% coverage rate of the total global Yearbook universe market capitalization. In Europe the coverage rate was 92%, in North America 90%, in Asia Pacific 88%, and in the Emerging Markets 61%.

Michael Baldinger, CEO RobecoSAM, said: “I congratulate all the Yearbook members, especially the Industry Leaders and Gold medalists. These companies excel in financially material ESG factors. The Sustainability Yearbook is a compass for investors looking for companies across all industries with a competitive edge – based on corporate sustainability criteria. This year’s edition of the Yearbook is the culmination of two decades’ worth of rigorous investment research, focus and dedication. RobecoSAM has shaped the Sustainability Investing landscape over the past 20 years. That’s why we now state: We are Sustainability Investing.”

Daniel Wild, PhD, Head of Sustainability Investing Research & Development, Member of the RobecoSAM Executive Committee: ”RobecoSAM’s annual CSA focuses on examining financially material factors that impact a company’s core business value drivers. Factors such as a company’s tax strategy, ability to innovate, attract and retain talent or increase resource efficiency matter from an investor’s point of view because they impact a company’s competitive position and long-term financial performance. New aspects arise each day; this is why we constantly develop the CSA further.”

Nine American companies receive recognition as RobecoSAM Industry Leaders

Out of the 76 American companies in the Yearbook, nine received recognition as RobecoSAM Industry Leaders:

Company Name


Abbott Laboratories

Health Care Equipment & Supplies

Alcoa Inc


Agilent Technologies Inc

Life Sciences Tools & Services

Ball Corp

Containers & Packaging

Biogen Idec Inc


Humana Inc

Health Care Providers & Services

Owens Corning

Building Products

Spectra Energy Corp

Oil & Gas Storage & Transportation

Wyndham Worldwide Corp

Hotels, Resorts & Cruise Lines

10 interesting facts about the 2014 Corporate Sustainability Assessment

  • Companies improved how they address sustainability issues by 0.4% over last year’s results
  • Industry that made the biggest step forward: Commercial Services & Supplies (+9.73%)
  • Industry with the highest participation rate: Household Products (53%)
  • Region with the best Corporate Governance Performance: North America
  • Region with the highest participation rate of companies actively participating in the CSA: Europe
  • Most improved general criteria in the economic dimension: Supply Chain Management
  • Most improved general criteria in the environmental dimension: Climate Strategy
  • Most improved general criteria in the social dimension: Talent Attraction & Retention
  • Number of data points collected in 2014: 1.4 million (+11%)
  • Number of documents processed in 2014: 93,000 (+ 4%)

Thought Leadership articles in The Yearbook

Every year RobecoSAM picks out the most prominent sustainability topics and shares its expertise through white papers in the prelude to the Sustainability Yearbook. This year’s trending topics are:

20 years RobecoSAM – We are Sustainability Investing.

2015 marks a special milestone in the history of RobecoSAM: The firm celebrates its 20th anniversary. Over the past 20 years RobecoSAM has focused exclusively on, shaped, and pioneered the field of Sustainability Investing. RobecoSAM continuously explores financially material ESG factors and their integration and provides resource efficiency investment strategies in listed and non-listed equities. RobecoSAM’s history, conviction and DNA support the new claim: “We are Sustainability Investing.”


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About RobecoSAM
Founded in 1995, RobecoSAM is an investment specialist focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing. It offers asset management, indices, engagement, voting, impact analysis, sustainability assessments, and benchmarking services. Asset management capabilities cater to institutional asset owners and financial intermediaries and cover a range of ESG-integrated investments (in public and private equity), featuring a strong track record in resource efficiency theme strategies. Together with S&P Dow Jones Indices, RobecoSAM publishes the globally recognized Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). Based on its Corporate Sustainability Assessment, an annual ESG analysis of 2,800 listed companies, RobecoSAM has compiled one of the world’s most comprehensive databases of financially material sustainability information.

RobecoSAM is a member of the global pure-play asset manager Robeco, which was established in 1929 and is the center of expertise for asset management within the ORIX Corporation. As a reflection of its own commitment to advocating sustainable investment practices, RobecoSAM is a signatory of the UNPRI and a member of Eurosif, ASrIA and Ceres. Approximately 130 professionals work for RobecoSAM, which is headquartered in Zurich. As of June 30, 2014, RobecoSAM had assets under management, advice and/or license in listed and private equity* of approximately USD 10.7 billion. Additionally, RobecoSAM’s Governance & Active Ownership team** had USD 85.1 billion of assets under engagement and USD 53 billion of assets under voting.

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CAMPAIGN: Sustainability Yearbook 2015

CONTENT: Press Release