The DJ Sustainability indexes are the world´s prime reference for companies committed to criteria of sustainability
Madrid, 4 September 2002
Ferrovial is the first Spanish construction group to be included in the Dow Jones Sustainability indexes, the main reference worldwide of companies that are committed to operating under criteria of sustainability.
The indexes, drawn up by Dow Jones, STOXX Limited and SAM Group and revised annually, respond to the demand in the world´s markets for information about companies´ ability to manage their businesses responsibly in the long term in accordance with economic, environmental and social demands.
The economic, environmental and social dimensions of business
The annual review, which took place in Zurich (Switzerland) today, addressed 300 companies from 23 countries which manage their activities with sustainability in mind. The Dow Jones STOXX Sustainability Indexes comprise a selection of the companies in the Dow Jones STOXX 600 which have the best performance in terms of sustainability. The selection process is conducted in line with guidelines defined by Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes and subject to external review. Other Spanish companies in the DJ Sustainability indexes include BBVA, SCH, Telefónica, Iberdrola, Endesa and Inditex (the last two were added in the latest review).
The components examined in each of the dimensions are as follows: Economic
(corporate governance, investor relations, strategic planning, risk management, code of conduct, etc.); Environmental
(disclosure in annual report, environmental management and performance, recycling and efficient energy use policies, etc.); Social
, focused mainly on human capital, human resources management, disclosure in the annual report, safety and health policy, and social involvement in the surrounding community.
Committed to sustainable development
Ferrovial´s stated management priorities include respect for the community and the environment. Its Annual Report 2001 sets out its triple bottom line (financial, environmental and social); in the environmental area, Ferrovial was the first construction company in the world to develop and implement an Environmental Management System and to publish and Environmental Performance Index. Since April 2002, Ferrovial has been a member of the United Nations Global Pact under which it is committed to promoting and respecting the nine universal principles in the area of human rights, labor relations and environmental protection.