RobecoSAM Publishes its Annual Sustainability Yearbook - Which Companies Made it to the Top?

 RobecoSAM Publishes its Annual Sustainability Yearbook - Which Companies Made  it to the Top?        --  Yearbook commemorates companies with the best sustainability         practices     --  For investors yearbook signals which companies are positioned         to create shareholder value     --  RobecoSAM's CEO encourages the CEOs of the yearbook's 59         Industry Leaders to talk to their pension fund managers and         help them embrace sustainability  ZURICH, Jan. 21, 2014 /CNW/ - RobecoSAM, the investment specialist focused  exclusively on Sustainability Investing, today announced the publication of  its annual Sustainability Yearbook (http://yearbook.robecosam.com ). The  yearbook looks back at companies' sustainability performance in 2013 and ranks  them as Gold, Silver or Bronze. The top performing company from each of the 59  industries is awarded RobecoSAM Industry Leader. Since 1999, RobecoSAM has  been assessing and documenting the sustainability performance of over 2,000  corporations on a yearly basis and has a sophisticated proprietary database.  (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140121/663404 )  Corporate participation at an all-time high  A record number of companies participated in RobecoSAM's Corporate  Sustainability Assessment. Out of the largest 3,000 companies that are  invited, 818 companies from 39 different countries participated with a 31%  increase in participation from companies in emerging markets. RobecoSAM views  this as a positive development in corporate sustainability and therefore  recognizes the top industries by participation rate.  Ranking: The Top 3 Industries by Participation Rate    1. Household Products   2. Professional Services   3. Computers & Peripherals and Office Electronics  RobecoSAM raises the bar: Which companies make the cut?  This year, RobecoSAM made it more challenging to be a yearbook member. Now not  only do companies need to be in the top 15% of their industry but they must  also achieve a score within 30% of their Industry Leader's score to make the  cut. This effectively makes being a yearbook member a more exclusive  acknowledgement of a company's sustainability practices.  Sustainability impacts the bottom line  For investors, the Sustainability Yearbook identifies companies that are  strongly positioned to create long-term shareholder value. RobecoSAM's annual  Corporate Sustainability Assessment focuses on examining financially material  factors that impact a company's core business value drivers. Factors such as a  company's 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.  Michael Baldinger, CEO, RobecoSAM said: "Companies still face the challenge of  convincing investors to embrace sustainability as a means of generating  shareholder value." Baldinger is confident that this can change: "Starting  with their own corporate pension funds, industry leaders are in an ideal  position to encourage investors to integrate sustainability into their  investment strategies."  With the publication of the Sustainability Yearbook Baldinger encourages the  CEO's of the RobecoSAM Industry Leaders to talk to their pension fund  managers. He said: "Help them understand the financial and competitive  benefits of corporate sustainability strategies and how these translate into  shareholder value."  Each year RobecoSAM picks out the most prominent sustainability topics and  shares its expertise through white papers in the prelude to the Sustainability  Yearbook. The trending topics this year are:           --  Focus on Financial Materiality of Sustainability     --  Sustainability Leaders in the Emerging Markets - Myth or         Reality?     --  Local Stakeholders, Global Impact  For more information visit the RobecoSAM Sustainability Yearbook  microsite:  yearbook.robecosam.com  You will find:        --  Sustainability Leaders 2014     --  Webcast interview with Daniel Wild, PhD, Head of Sustainability         Investing Research & Development     --  Industry Profiles: 59 Industries at a Glance     --  Top 15 Industries by Participation Rate     --  Yearbook Construction Methodology Overview  For more information on Sustainability Investing watch: The Truth Behind  Sustainability Investing  ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQIgvRX9Apc )  About RobecoSAM  RobecoSAM is an investment specialist focused exclusively on Sustainability  Investing. Its offerings comprise asset management, indices, private equity,  engagement, voting, impact analysis and sustainability assessments as well as  benchmarking services. Asset management capabilities include a range of  ESG-integrated investment and theme strategies (in listed and private equity)  catering to institutional asset owners and financial intermediaries across the  globe. 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 over 2,500 listed  companies, RobecoSAM has compiled one of the world's most comprehensive  sustainability databases. RobecoSAM's proprietary research and sustainability  insight, gained through its direct contact with companies, are fully  integrated into its investment solutions.  In 1995, RobecoSAM was founded on the conviction that integrating ESG factors  into traditional financial analysis leads to a better informed investment  decision. RobecoSAM is a member of the global pure-play asset manager Robeco,  which was established in 1929 and was acquired by ORIX Corporation in 2013. 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. Headquartered in Zurich, RobecoSAM employs over 120  professionals. As of June 30, 2013, RobecoSAM's assets under management,  advice and license amounted to a total of USD 8.8 billion.  Important legal information: The details given on these pages do not  constitute an offer. They are given for information purposes only. No  liability is assumed for the correctness and accuracy of the details given.  The securities identified and described may or may not be purchased, sold or  recommended for advisory clients. 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