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SAM Sustainability Yearbook 2011

SAM Sustainability Yearbook 2011

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New SAM research about CSR and Sustainability
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TheSustainabilityYearbook2011
In cooperation with
 
The Sustainability Yearbook 2011
Swiss Federal SocialSecurity Fund AVS/AI/APG
Doris, M. Schönemann, Vice chairpersonof the board of directors
“The social security funds AVS/AI/APG have more than 10 years of experi-ence in sustainability investing. Sustainable investments account for 60%, orabout CHF 2.7 bn., of the funds’ equity investments (DJSI Stoxx Europe, DJSINorth America). The sustainable share of the funds’ total assets of CHF 25.2 bn.is about 11%.Nobody objects to sustainability. But: ‘Doing good’ has to be done well. That’sthe real challenge. In this spirit, the sustainability issue is more than a buzzword for the Board of Directors – it is a continuous learning process. Itcalls for intensive, at times controversial discussions among Boardmembers followed by a critical examination of the results and,finally, adjustments and improvements. Sustainable in-vestments will only pay off if they are based on astructured, comprehensible process.
Evli InvestmentManagement Co. Ltd.
Tomas Hildebrandt, Senior PortfolioManager for Institutional Clients
“We believe that companies which take environmental, so-cial and governance issues into account in their operationswill benefit from this in the longer term. We also believethat investors who wisely consider ESG issues will alsobenefit from doing so.”
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The Sustainability Yearbook 2011
Foreword
This year’s edition of The Sustainability Yearbook,published jointly by SAM and Pricewaterhouse-Coopers (PwC), explores some of the key drivers behind the water challenge.A joint report on environmental externalities pub-lished by the UNEP Finance Initiative, the UN Princi-ples for Responsible Investment and Trucost esti-mates that water pollution and water scarcity costthe global economy USD 1.2 trillion in 2008. By2050, this sum is expected to reach USD 4.7 trillion,or 3% of global GDP.The growing momentum of initiatives such as theCEO Water Mandate and CDP Water Disclosure, bothof which SAM has endorsed, testifies to the increas-ing awareness of the economic importance of man-aging water-related risks.This edition presents three perspectives on manag-ing water-related risks. PwC explains why water riskmanagement should be an integral part of corpo-rate strategy. SAM outlines preliminary findingsfrom its evaluation of companies’ water risk man-agement approaches based on the newly intro-duced water-related risk management criterion inSAM’s Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA).José Lopez, Executive Vice President of Operationsat Nestlé, explains how his company manages itswater-related risks.Water-related risk is one of many other material sus-tainability criteria. Therefore, SAM continually works toenhance its CSA methodology and in 2010 also imple-mented improvements in such areas as corporate citi-zenship/philanthropy, customer relationship manage-ment as well as occupational health&safety. Buildingon an annual analysis of the sustainability performanceof more than 2,000 companies, the CSA forms the ba-sis for the construction of the prestigious Dow JonesSustainability Indexes (DJSI) as well as for SAM’s invest-ment strategies and Robeco’s responsible investingpractices across its product range.The Sustainability Yearbook provides an overview ofthe results of the 12
th
SAM Corporate Sustainability As-sessment, which determines the companies that are in-cluded in this reference guide to the world’s sustain-ability leaders. The leading companies in 58 sectors areclassified into three categories – SAM Gold Class, SAMSilver Class and SAM Bronze Class – with special statusawarded to Sector Leaders and Sector Movers.SAM is pleased to see a steady increase in the partici-pation rate in its assessment as well as in the numberof awarded companies, which we believe clearly re-flects companies’ growing awareness of the impor-tance of corporate sustainability management.We hope you find this guide a useful tool offeringfresh insights into one of the major trends of our time.
DEAR READER,
Foreword
Lead Partner Sustainability&Climate ChangePwC Switzerland
Michael Baldinger
Chief Executive OfficerSAM3
Markus Nöthiger

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