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Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

Leading the industry

In 2016, British American Tobacco was included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for the fifteenth consecutive year.

The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) track the economic, environmental and social performance of leading companies worldwide and are based on the co-operation between S&P Dow Jones Indices and RobecoSAM, a sustainability investment specialist.

David Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee, S&P Dow Jones Indices, says: "The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices are comprehensive benchmarks of companies that meet RobecoSAM’s sustainability standards and give investors tools to develop global allocations that reflect sustainability factors."

A detailed assessment of companies' performance covers both general and industry specific criteria, including supply chain management, environmental performance and labour practice and human rights.

In the 2016 indices review, we were the only tobacco company to feature in the DJSI’s European index. Our overall score was 83%, 28 percentage points higher than the industry average of 55%, and we scored better than the industry average in 16 of the 17 assessment sections.

We achieved industry leadership in 10 of the sections – up from nine in 2015 – including a maximum 100% rating for Raw Material Sourcing; Environmental Policy and Management; Environmental Reporting; and Materiality.

We believe these scores reflect the quality of management across our business and our comprehensive global focus on sustainability issues. 

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This achievement is a true testament to the leadership, collaboration and the sustained efforts to deliver outstanding company performance across all areas of the business."
Jerome Abelman, Director, Legal & External Affairs and General Counsel

For more information see the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices  website.