In de nieuwste 2014 uitgave van de Global 100 ranking, gepresenteerd op het World Economic Forum, zijn ASML (#15), WoltersKluwer (#35), Philips (#48) en Shell (#51) opgenomen.

Engels persbericht:

 In its tenth year, the Global 100 index has come to be recognized as the gold standard in corporate sustainability analysis. Companies named to the Global 100 index are the top overall sustainability performers in their respective industrial sectors.

Inclusion in the Global 100 index is determined using twelve (12) quantitative sustainability indicators, including the amount of revenue companies generate per unit of energy consumption, the ratio of CEO to average worker salary and lost time injury rate.

“The Global 100 follows a rules-based index construction methodology,” said Doug Morrow, Managing Director at Corporate Knights. “We unpackage “sustainability” into its component parts, and build the index from the ground up using clearly defined ratios and performance indicators.”

Beginning February 1, 2014, the Global 100 index will be calculated by Solactive, the German index provider.

The Global 100 index can be used as a benchmark, or as a basis for financial production construction, including exchange traded funds and structured products.

The top-ranked company in this year’s Global 100 index was Westpac Banking Corporation (ASX: WBC). Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, Westpac Banking Corporation (Westpac) is one of the largest financial service providers in Australasia, with annual revenues of US$38 billion and over 36,000 employees.

Westpac has a long history of leadership and innovation in corporate sustainability. It was the first bank to join the Australian government’s Greenhouse Challenge Plus and the first financial institution in Australia to create a matching donation program.

The top five were rounded out by Biogen Idec (NASDAQ: BIIB), the U.S.-based biotech firm, Outotec Oyj (OMX: OTE1V), a Finnish mining technology and capital goods company, Norwegian oil giant Statoil (OSE: STL) and Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: DSY), a French company that specializes in the production of 3D design software.

Of note in this year’s ranking is the strong performance of U.S. firms, capturing eighteen (18) of 100 spots on the Global 100 index. Canada followed with thirteen (13) spots, and the U.K. and France tied for third with eight (8) spots each.

Emerging markets accounted for three (3) positions on the index, consisting of firms from Brazil (2) and China (1).

The Financials sector took twenty-two (22) spots on the index, followed by the Consumer Discretionary and IT sectors, each with twelve (12) constituents.