Rakuten listed in 2016 Dow Jones Sustainability Asia/Pacific Index for the first time

Tokyo, 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has been selected for the first time as an index component for the 2016 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), as one of the top-ranking companies from the Retailing category for the Asia/Pacific regional index.

In recent years, interest in investment based on environmental, social and governance (or “ESG”) principles continues to rise, taking into account non-financial information such as use of resources, diversity of the employee base, social contributions, governance structures and transparency. The DJSI is one of the leading global indices for this kind of investment.

Rakuten was recognized for its efforts across a broad range of categories, including customer relationship management, corporate citizenship and philanthropy, and information security and cybersecurity.

“We are honored to be selected for the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, as rapidly changing economic, social and environmental conditions mean corporate sustainability has never been more important,” commented Hiroshi Mikitani, CEO and Chairman, Rakuten, Inc. “As Rakuten pursues our corporate mission of contributing to society by creating value through innovation and entrepreneurship, we will also continue to drive alignment with globally-recognized environmental, social and governance principles.”

The DJSI is an investment index jointly developed by S&P Dow Jones Indices and Switzerland based RobecoSAM in 1999 that evaluates listed companies in a variety of fields based on environmental, social and governance factors and selects those that excel in long-term sustainability. In 2016, 146 companies were selected for the Asia/Pacific regional index.

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Rakuten listed in 2016 Dow Jones Sustainability Asia/Pacific Index for the first time
Rakuten listed in 2016 Dow Jones Sustainability Asia/Pacific Index for the first time

 

Source: Rakuten

New World named New Zealand’s Most Trusted Supermarket for the first time

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Aug-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — New World is absolutely delighted to have won New Zealand’s Most Trusted Supermarket for the first time. Steve Anderson, Managing Director, Foodstuffs New Zealand says, “We think there is no higher praise than that of our customers, and this award is direct recognition that we are consistently delivering quality product, range and service, ensuring customers continue to choose us when they shop.”

“Have been around a long time. My local store is always clean and tidy. The things I buy
there are always good quality and fresh.” Female, 35-39, Auckland

“Give us great service. If there is any problem with a product they go out of their way to rectify anything faulty.” male, 75 years or over, Northland

“We have been proudly serving New Zealanders since 1963 and we remain as committed to delivering the same friendly and helpful service with a quality range of products across the entire store, as much as we did the first day we opened our doors. We are extremely proud of our fantastic teams across the country, who have the knowledge, passion and expertise in food to ensure we are meeting – and hopefully exceeding – all the needs of our customers every single day,” says Anderson.

New World continues to be a positive part of the communities in which it operates. This includes employing local staff, supporting schools and community groups wherever possible, as  well as supporting home-grown products and suppliers.

New World is truly happy to have won this award hard on the heels of also winning Gold for the Reader’s Digest Quality Service Award a few months ago.

New Zealanders trust New World. Visit www.trustedbrands.co.nz

Contact:

Tel: +64 9 621 0600
Fax:+64 9 621 0601

Source: Foodstuff