Dow Jones Indexes & SAM Sustainability Group launched Sustainability Indexes

Source: , 15 September 1999

Dow Jones Sustainability Group Indexes GmbH (DJSGI GmbH) announced the launch of the world’s first global indexes that track the performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies world-wide.
The Dow Jones Sustainability Group Indexes (DJSGI) family consists of one global and three regional (North
America, Europe and Asia-Pacific) indexes, as well as a United States index. For each of these five
geographical areas there also are four specialized indexes that exclude alcohol, gambling, tobacco and all
three. Each of the these 25 DJSGI indexes is calculated in price return and total return forms in both USD
and EUR, for a total of 100 indexes. The geographical and regional USD price return indexes are updated
regularly on the DJSGI GmbH website ( The website also provides historical
performance of all 100 indexes, which were backcasted to January 1, 1994. Selected from the Dow Jones
Global Index of nearly 3,000 companies in 33 countries, the DJSGI includes more than 200 of the top
sustainability companies in 68 industries in 22 countries.

The total market capitalization of the DJSGI is 4.3 trillion USD. The DJSGI addresses increasing investor
interest in companies committed to corporate sustainability principles. These principles – innovative technology, corporate governance, shareholder relations, industrial leadership and social well being – are a catalyst for enlightened and disciplined management, a crucial factor in making investment decisions. DJSGI GmbH – the operating company of the DJSGI based in Zurich – is a partnership of Dow Jones Indexes,
a leading index provider, and SAM Sustainability Group, a renowned pioneer in corporate sustainability
assessment. "Corporate sustainability provides a unique investment style, and the DJSGI enables investors
to track the performance of their investments in sustainability companies. The integrity of the corporate
sustainability assessment and the index calculation ensures that the DJSGI are independent, reliable and
investable. These make the DJSGI an excellent platform for sustainability index-based derivatives and
funds," said David E. Moran, President, Dow Jones Indexes.

According to Reto Ringger, CEO, SAM Sustainability Group, "Private and institutional investors have
warmly welcomed the launch of the DJSGI. Five financial institutions have already signed letters of intent
to obtain licenses to issue products based on the DJSGI: Baloise Insurance Company (CH), Fuerst Fugger
Privatbank (DE), Hypo Vereinsbank (DE), Robeco Group (NL) and Sal. Oppenheim jr. & Cie (DE)."