Insights from India: Meet the DJSI ‘Indian’ Index Components
A total of 11 Indian companies from different industries were selected for the DJSI Indexes in 2018. When looking at the Emerging Market Index, out of the 24 industry groups Indian firms have leadership in three groups, presence in another three groups and they are missing presence on the remaining eighteen. One firm, Tata Steel was adjudged as the 'Steel Industry Leader' globally by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2018 (DJSI).
The annual Dow Jones Sustainability Indices review results were released on September 13, 2018 and a total of 11 Indian companies from different industries were selected for the DJSI World and Emerging Markets Index in 2018, demonstrating how Indian firms efforts in the field of corporate sustainability have gradually been increasing.
Initially launched in 1999, the DJSI is a global index tracking leading sustainability-driven companies based on sustainability investing company RobecoSAM’s analysis of financially material environmental, social, and governance factors and S&P Dow Jones Indices’ methodology
According to an article from Mr. Santhosh Jayaram, KPMG in India’s Partner & Head of Sustainability Services written on LinkedIn:
“Going through the DJSI Emerging Market Index and the Indian companies in the list, the following came to my notice.
Only 2 companies in the DJSI Emerging Market Index from Industry group from 11 selected DJSI companies-Automobiles and components and both are from India, Mahindra and Tata Motors.
Only 2 companies in the DJSI Emerging Market Index from Industry group – Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology and Life Sciences, and both are from India. Dr. Reddy’s and Glenmark.
Only 3 companies in the DJSI Emerging Market Index from Industry group - Software and Services and all are from India. Infosys, Tech Mahindra and Wipro.
That makes 7 out of 10, Rest 3, one from banking (Yes Bank), one from diversified financials (Mahindra Finance) and Tata Steel on Materials.”
Moreover Mr. Jayaram pointed out that out of 24 Industry Groups, Indian firms performance on this year have leadership in three groups, presence in another three groups, and they are missing presence on the remaining eighteen groups.
Larsen and Toubro (Capital Goods) and ITC (FMCG), were included as part of the top 5 largest deletions, and Tata Steel is also the only India-based company to emerge as a winner among all 60 sectors evaluated for DJSI 2018. This is the second year in last three years that Tata Steel has been adjudged the Industry Leader amongst 24 Steel Companies globally.
According to T.V. Narendran, CEO and MD, Tata Steel, it is a result of Tata Steel efforts towards sustainability and pursuit for a better tomorrow. By its very nature, the steel sector is one of the most challenging businesses from the perspective of sustainability, so they consider sustainability as vital for the future of the industry and Tata Steel.
Tata Steel maintains its membership in the DJSI Emerging Markets Index. Hence, Tata Steel will also retain its Gold Class Rating in the DJSI Sustainability Yearbook, which will be released in January 2019 and targets investors.
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