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Nokia, Sodexho and Unilever Named Leaders of Dow Jones Sustainability Index

The SAM Group yesterday released its 2009 review of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, adding 33 companies to the global list of the world's largest, most sustainable firms, and removing 33 firms, leaving the list at 317. The North American index included 26 new firms and eight deleted firms, bringing the list to 139.

The largest additions to the DJSI World list include Johnson & Johnson, Coca-Cola, and Samsung Electronics, while the biggest deletions from this index are National Grid, Mitsubishi Estate, and SABMiller.

For the North American list, companies added to the list include Safeway, Fedex, ConEd and J.C. Penney. The companies that didn't make the cut include Pfizer, Health Net and Xcel Energy.

In order to compile the list, SAM and Dow Jones base their review on a number of factors, including corporate governance, climate change strategies, supply chain standards, branding and additional criteria specific to each of 58 sectors.

The review also includes a list of leading companies in 19 "supersectors" -- the companies that performed highest in industries from automobiles to technology to food and beverage.

The full list of 19 leading companies is:

Company Name Industry
adidas Personal & Household Goods
Aracruz Celulose Basic Resources
ANZ Banking Group Banks
BMW Automobiles
CEMIG Utilities
DSM Chemicals
GPT Group Real Estate
Investimentos Itau Financial Services
Kingfisher Retail
Nokia Technology
Panasonic Electric Works Construction & Materials
Pearson Media
Roche HealthCare
Sodexo Travel & Leisure
Swiss Re Insurance
Telefonica Telecommunications
TNT Industrial Goods & Services
Total Oil & Gas
Unilever Food & Beverage


More details, including lists of companies on the list as well as performance figures for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, is online at

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