The Risk and Sustainability Director at KPMG España, Jerusalem Hernández, explained when interviewed by Europa Press that Spanish companies, like all in the world, are placing importance on being included in these sustainability selections, because “it is becoming an attribute that contributes to generating value in companies” and that “it increases their attractiveness to investors”.
In terms of geographical presence, in her response to the news agency she recalled that there are markets that have a greater presence as leaders in this edition, such as the United States, France and Japan.
The family of indexes which form the Dow Jones Sustainability Index has been compiled since 1999 with prior information requested from companies with the largest market capitalization and acts as a benchmark index for the business and financial sectors.
The DJSI, revised annually by the Standard & Poor’s Committee for the Dow Jones index and RobecoSAM, monitors the financial performance of companies with a focus on sustainability and social responsibility. It is based on an analysis of economic, environmental and social factors. The companies which are invited to form part of the DJSI are recognized publicly as leaders in the social, environmental and high-level economic activity spheres.
The reputational effect of inclusion in indexes is also significant, because, in Hernández’s opinion, it means being “among the best and all stakeholders see it as such”. From her point of view, this generates trust.