World’s most sustainable automotive company for eighth consecutive year.
Munich. The BMW Group has been named the world’s most
sustainable automotive company for the eighth consecutive year in the
ranking published today by the SAM Group for the Dow Jones
Sustainability Indexes (DJSI). Among the three automotive industry
enterprises listed each year, the BMW Group is the only one to feature
in the renowned index every year for the past 14 years.
“We strongly believe that sustainability is a key factor in the
long-term economic success of the BMW Group. For that reason, we are
delighted to be recognised once again by the Dow Jones Sustainability
Index. We are proud to be the sector leader in this important ranking
for the eighth consecutive year– at the same time, it motivates us to
continue to be a pioneer in corporate sustainability in the future,”
said Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG.
Sustainability is firmly embedded in the BMW Group’s culture and
corporate strategy. In 2001, the BMW Group committed itself to the
United Nations Environment Programme, the UN Global Compact and the
Cleaner Production Declaration. It was also the first company in the
automotive industry to appoint an environmental officer back in 1973.
Today, the Sustainability Board, comprising all members of the Board
of Management, defines the strategic alignment through binding targets.
The positive rating in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index marks the
second occasion in a week that the company has been recognised for its
commitment to sustainability. The BMW Group was also listed in the
Global 500 Leadership Index published yesterday by the Carbon
Disclosure Project (CDP), achieving its all-time best score. With 99
of 100 possible points, the BMW Group is not only sector leader but is
also among the top three companies from all sectors worldwide.
Further information on the BMW Group’s sustainability activities is
available at: www.bmwgroup.com/responsibility
The SAM Group analyses the economic, environmental and social
performance of approximately 2,500 companies and selects the best in
each industry for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. General
sustainability criteria are considered as well as industry-specific
challenges such as climate change. The Dow Jones Sustainability Index
was the first global sustainability index to be created, in 1999, and
has since been published each year by the SAM Group, based in Zurich,
in cooperation with Dow Jones Indexes and STOXX Limited. More
information is available at www.sustainability-indexes.com.
The BMW Group
The BMW Group is one of the most successful manufacturers of
automobiles and motorcycles in the world with its BMW, MINI, Husqvarna
Motorcycles and Rolls-Royce brands. As a global company, the BMW
Group operates 29 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries
and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.
In 2011, the BMW Group sold about 1.67 million cars and more than
113,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax for the financial
year 2011 was euro 7.38 billion on revenues amounting to euro 68.82
billion. At 31 December 2011, the BMW Group had a workforce of
approximately 100,000 employees.
The success of the BMW Group has always been built on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established
ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain,
comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy. As a result
of its efforts, the BMW Group has been ranked industry leader in the
Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes for the last eight years.