Kesko included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices DJSI World and DJSI Europe for the 12th time

Kesko was included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices DJSI World and DJSI Europe for the 12th time. Kesko obtained its highest scores in risk and crisis management, codes of conduct and supply chain management. A new criterion in the assessment was tax strategy.

Helsinki, Finland, 2014-9-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) are the most respected worldwide sustainability indices. Kesko has been included in them since 2003.

Kesko’s President and CEO Matti Halmesmäki sees Kesko’s long presence in the indices as proof of the fact that responsibility is an integral part in all of Kesko’s business operations:

“Responsibility is a common success factor, to which all of our employees – from top management to store staff – are committed. The “Our responsible working principles” guidelines bind all Kesko employees in our eight operating countries to act in accordance with shared values and responsible operating practices. Our responsibility programme requires us to achieve the objectives we have set. We are proud that our long-term work for responsibility is appreciated worldwide,” says Matti Halmesmäki.

Kesko obtained its highest scores in the economic dimension
Companies are selected to the DJSI Indices on the basis of the sustainability assessment carried out by RobecoSAM. The assessment analyses companies’ operations in the dimensions of economic, social and environmental responsibility.

Kesko obtained its highest scores in risk and crisis management, codes of conduct/compliance/corruption&bribery and supply chain management. Kesko improved its performance in corporate governance and operational eco-efficiency by several scores.

Tax strategy was included in the assessment for the first time. Kesko scored above the average in its sector (Food and Staples Retailing). Kesko expanded its tax reporting for 2013 by including net-worth taxes paid and excise taxes, car taxes and customs duties remitted in its Corporate Responsibility Report.

Kesko is included in several significant sustainability indices
Kesko has been included in the FTSE4Good index since 2009 and in the STOXX Global ESG Leaders index since 2011.Kesko scored highest in its sector in the Nordic Climate Disclosure Leadership index (CDLI) rating in 2013.

In the RobecoSAM Sustainability Yearbook 2014, Kesko received the Silver Class distinction in the Food & Staples Retailing Industry category. Kesko has been included in ‘The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World’ list since 2005.

Further information is available from Matti Kalervo, Kesko’s Vice President, Group Corporate Responsibility, tel. +358 50 306 4081.
http://www.sustainability-indices.com
http://corporateresponsibility2013.kesko.fi

Kesko (www.kesko.fi ) is one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. We are a retail specialist whose chains have about 2,000 stores in the Nordic and Baltic countries, Russia, and Belarus. Our stores offer quality to the daily lives of consumers.