Samsung Electronics has been named the world’s most sustainable technology company in the 2011 Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) annual review, reflecting its industry-leading performance across a range of economic, environmental and social criteria.
Samsung received a total score of 86, the highest sustainability assessment of 52 companies listed in the technology supersector, which combines five sectors including semiconductors, communication technology, computer hardware and electronic office equipment.
The company led the technology supersector in the environmental and economic dimensions – two of the three key sustainability areas assessed.
“Samsung is delighted that our sustainability efforts have been recognised in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index,” says Byungsuk Choi, executive VP and head of the partner collaboration center, Samsung Electronics.
“This result is a reflection of Samsung’s belief that we can deliver positive value by protecting the environment and contributing to communities in which we operate, while generating economic performance.”
Recognising Samsung’s enterprise-wide eco-management initiatives, the DJSI review particularly highlighted the company’s leadership in Climate Strategy, Environmental Reporting and Product Stewardship.
As of the first half of 2011, Samsung has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions at its manufacturing facilities by 38% on a sales-normalised basis against 2008 levels, putting it on-track to exceed its target of a 50% reduction by 2013.
The company also operates recycling and take-back programmes in more than 60 countries worldwide, with its Samsung Recycling Direct programme now spanning more than 1 150 locations in North America.
In the economic dimension, Samsung received the technology supersector’s top assessment for product quality and recall management, risk and crisis management, as well as customer relationship management.
Samsung was first listed in the DJSI in September 2009, and received a gold class listing in the semi-conductors sector in September 2010, indicating its total score was within 5% of the sector leader.