Japanese internet giant Rakuten Inc has been chosen for the first time ever as an index component for the 2016 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI).
As one of the top-ranking companies from the retailing category for the Asia/Pacific regional index, Rakuten, which last month announced the opening of the Rakuten Blockchain Lab in Belfast, was recognized for its efforts across a broad range of categories, including customer relationship management, corporate citizenship and philanthropy, and information security and cybersecurity.
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Hiroshi Mikitani, CEO and Chairman, Rakuten, Inc, commented: “We are honored to be selected for the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, as rapidly changing economic, social and environmental conditions mean corporate sustainability has never been more important. As Rakuten pursues its corporate mission of contributing to society by creating value through innovation and entrepreneurship, we will also continue to drive alignment with globally-recognized environmental, social and governance principles.”
Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI)
In recent years, interest in investment based on environmental, social and governance (or “ESG”) principles continues to rise, taking into account non-financial information such as use of resources, diversity of the employee base, social contributions, governance structures and transparency. The DJSI is one of the leading global indices for this kind of investment.
The DJSI is an investment index jointly developed by S&P Dow Jones Indices and Swiss-based RobecoSAM which evaluates listed companies in a variety of fields based on environmental, social and governance factors and selects those that excel in long-term sustainability. In 2016,146 companies were selected for the Asia/Pacific regional index.