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Dow Jones Sustainability Index

  • By: Velma I. Grover
  • In: Green Business: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: Nevin Cohen & Paul Robbins
  • Subject:Sustainability, Environmental Policy & Law (general)

Launched in 1999, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) monitors the environmental and financial performances of leading corporations that promote and employ sustainable practices. In comparison to broad-based stock market indices, such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the DJSI is a socially responsible index (SRI) that enables investors to match their social or ecological criteria with companies supporting those beliefs. The DJSI resulted from an increasing interest by the financial community in the broad area of sustainability and ethical investments. In addition to the world DJSI, several specialized DSJI have been created, based on a world region (Asia/Pacific, Europe, North America, and the United States), the dominant currency exchange, sustainability subtype, or other criteria.

In the last few years, much research has been done ...

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