The Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) are a family of indexes tracking the financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide. Launched in 1999, the DJSI are the longest-running global sustainability benchmarks worldwide and have become the key reference point in Sustainability Investing.
The DJSI is managed cooperatively by Dow Jones Indexes and Sustainable Asset Management. Currently approximately 60 DJSI licenses are held by asset managers in 16 countries to manage a variety of financial products including active and passive funds, certificates and segregated accounts. In total, these licensees presently manage over $8 billion based on the DJSI.
The DJSI is based on an analysis of corporate economic, environmental and social performance, assessing issues such as corporate governance, risk management, branding, climate change mitigation, supply chain standards and labor practices. It includes general, as well as industry specific, sustainability criteria for each of the 57 sectors defined according to the Industry Classification Benchmark (ICB).
The DJSI family contains one main global index, the DJSI World, and various indexes based on geographic regions such as: Europe, Nordic, North America and Asia Pacific.
To be incorporated in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, companies are assessed and selected based on their long- term economic, social and environmental asset management plans. Selection criteria evolve each year and companies must continue to make improvements to their long-term sustainability plans in order to remain on the index. Indexes are updated yearly and companies are monitored throughout the year.