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
    --  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 ( ). 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.

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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
    --  Local Stakeholders, Global Impact

For more information visit the RobecoSAM Sustainability Yearbook  microsite:

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

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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.

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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. It should not be assumed that an investment 
in these securities was or will be profitable.

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