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?

PR Newswire

ZURICH, January 21, 2014

ZURICH, January 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

  oYearbook commemorates companies with the best sustainability practices
  oFor investors yearbook signals which companies are positioned to create
    shareholder value
  oRobecoSAM's CEOencouragesthe CEOs of the yearbook's 59 Industry Leaders
    to talk to their pension fund managers and help them embrace

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 YearbookBaldingerencouragesthe
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:

  oFocus on Financial Materiality of Sustainability
  oSustainability Leaders in the Emerging Markets - Myth or Reality?
  oLocal Stakeholders, Global Impact


For more information visit the RobecoSAMSustainability Yearbookmicrosite:

You will find:

  oSustainability Leaders 2014
  oWebcast interview with Daniel Wild, PhD, Head of Sustainability Investing
    Research & Development
  oIndustry Profiles: 59 Industries at a Glance
  oTop 15 Industries by Participation Rate
  oYearbook 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.

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

For any additional queries, please contact:

RobecoSAM AG
François Vetri
Head of Corporate Communications
Josefstrasse 218
8005 Zurich / Switzerland
T: +41-44-653-10-02

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