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Corporate Knights -Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations list unveiled in Davos

(DAVOS, Switzerland, January 28, 2009) Corporate Knights Inc. and Innovest Strategic Value Advisors

today announced the fifth annual Global 100 list of the most sustainable large corporations in the world.

The Global 100 includes companies from 15 countries encompassing all sectors of the economy that were

evaluated according to how effectively they manage environmental, social and governance risks and

opportunities, relative to their industry peers.

The United States led the way with 20 Global 100 companies (four more than in 2008). The United

Kingdom followed with 19 (down from 24 in 2008) and Japan improved by two on its 2008 tally with a

total of 15 companies qualifying in 2009. Rounding out the top five countries with the most constituents

were France (eight) and Germany (seven), while Canada, Finland, and Sweden each registered five Global

100 constituents. Two-thirds (65/100) of the 2008 companies remained on the list in 2009.

As the Global 100 companies are meant to isolate those firms best equipped to thrive in the long-term

because of their holistic approach to managing stakeholder relationships, this year for the first time, The

Global 100 traced back all 100 constituents to their year of origin to see what kind of longevity they had

demonstrated to date. The average age of the 2009 Global 100 company was 102 years old, ranging from

Stora Enso OYJ (1122 AD) to Telus Corporation (1999 AD). In all, 46 of the 2009 Global 100 companies

have been in existence for at least 100 years.

Toby Heaps, Editor of Corporate Knights magazine, says, “While markets go up and down, companies like

the Global 100 members that prudently take care of the interests of all their stakeholders, offer the best bet

for society and investors in the long-term.”

From its inception in February 2005, the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations has outperformed its

benchmark (the MSCI World Index) by 480 basis points per annum to end of year 2008.

Matthew Kiernan, CEO of Innovest, a New York-based investment advisory firm, whose analysis

underpins the list, notes: “The continuing out-performance of the Global 100, even in the midst of the

current global financial crisis, provides eloquent testimony–and yet more evidence–for investors, company

executives, governments, and civil society alike: superior positioning and performance on environmental,

social, and governance issues does provide a valuable leading indicator of better-managed, more agile,

‘future-proof’ companies. And we expect this ‘sustainability premium’ to become even larger in the

coming years.”

This year’s Global 100 were recognized at the Davos World Economic Forum at a private dinner hosted by

Corporate Knights and Innovest. The dinner discussion explored the question of what will be the next

motor to power the global economy, and how investors and policy makers can best rev it up. The dinner

featured remarks from billionaire investor George Soros, Chairman of Soros Fund Management, Lord

Nicholas Stern, and Nobel laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz.

Charts-Tables and background information appended (more)

Corporate Knights Inc. is an independent Canadian-based media company that publishes the world’s largest circulation

magazine with an explicit focus on responsible business. The mission of Corporate Knights Inc. is to humanize the marketplace.

Corporate Knights publishes the annual Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada as a Globe and Mail insert, and the annual

Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World.

Innovest Strategic Value Advisors is an international investment advisory firm specializing in analyzing “non-traditional”

drivers of risk and shareholder value including companies’ performance on environmental, social and strategic governance

issues. Innovest was recognized in 2006 as the world’s top independent provider of “non-traditional” research by the Thompson

Extel survey of major institutional investors. Founded in 1998, the firm currently has over US$1.3 billion under structured subadvisory

mandates. Innovest currently has clients in over twenty countries, with offices in Toronto, New York, London, Paris,

Sydney, San Francisco and Tokyo.

The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World is a project initiated by Corporate Knights Inc.

(, and powered by research from Innovest Strategic Value Advisor Inc (

Launched in 2005, the annual Global 100 is announced each year at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Number of Global 100 Companies in 2008 by Country

Country Global 100










Norway 1







2009 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World

Company Name Country Sector Team

Acciona SA Spain Construction

Accor France Consumer Goods

Adidas AG Germany Consumer Goods

Advanced Micro Devices United States Computers/Electronics

Aeon Company Limited Japan Retail

Air France-KLM France Transportation

Alcoa Inc United States Extractives Inc United States Retail

Atlantia Italy Transportation

Atlas Copco AB Sweden Industrials/Capital Goods

BASF SE Germany Chemicals

Baxter International Inc United States Health Care

BG Group PLC United Kingdom Oil & Gas

BHP Billiton PLC United Kingdom Extractives


British Land Company PLC United Kingdom Real Estate

British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC United Kingdom Media

Cable & Wireless PLC United Kingdom Telecom & IT

Cairn Energy PLC United Kingdom Oil & Gas

Centrica PLC United Kingdom Utilities

Coca Cola Company United States Consumer Goods

Credit Agricole SA France Banks

Daikin Industries Limited Japan Construction

Dell Inc United States Computers/Electronics

Deutsche Boerse AG Germany Diversified Financials

Dexus Property Group Australia Real Estate

Diageo PLC United Kingdom Consumer Goods

East Japan Railway Company Japan Transportation

Eastman Kodak Company United States Consumer Goods

Encana Corp. Canada Oil & Gas

Ericsson Telephone AB Sweden Computers/Electronics

FPL Group Inc United States Utilities

Fresenius Medical Care AG Germany Health Care

Geberit Switzerland Construction

Genzyme Corp. United States Health Care

Glaxosmithkline PLC United Kingdom Health Care

Goldman Sachs Group Inc United States Diversified Financials

Groupe Danone France Consumer Goods

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB Sweden Retail

Hewlett-Packard Company United States Computers/Electronics

Hochtief AG Germany Construction

Honda Motor Company Limited Japan Industrials/Capital Goods

Iberdrola SA Spain Utilities

Inditex SA Spain Retail

Intel Corp. United States Computers/Electronics

Kesko OYJ Finland Retail

Kuraray Company Limited Japan Chemicals

Lafarge SA France Construction

Land Securities Group PLC United Kingdom Real Estate

Lend Lease Corp. Limited Australia Real Estate

London Stock Exchange Group PLC United Kingdom Diversified Financials

Lonmin PLC United Kingdom Extractives

L'Oreal France Consumer Goods

Michelin France Industrials/Capital Goods

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Limited Japan Industrials/Capital Goods

Muenchener Rueckversicherung AG Germany Insurance

Neste Oil OYJ Finland Oil & Gas

Nike Inc United States Consumer Goods


Nippon Yusen KK Japan Transportation

Nokia Corporation Finland Computers/Electronics

Novo Nordisk A/S Denmark Health Care

Novozymes A/S Denmark Chemicals

NTT Data Corp. Japan Telecom & IT

NTT Docomo Inc Japan Telecom & IT

Panasonic Corporation Japan Consumer Goods

PG & E Corp. United States Utilities

Pinnacle West Capital Corp. United States Utilities

Procter & Gamble Company United States Consumer Goods

Prologis United States Real Estate

Prudential PLC United Kingdom Insurance

Reed Elsevier PLC United Kingdom Media

Ricoh Company Limited Japan Computers/Electronics

Roche Holdings Limited Switzerland Health Care

Royal Bank Of Canada Canada Banks

Sainsbury (J) PLC United Kingdom Retail

Saint Gobain France Construction

Saipem Italy Oil & Gas

SAP AG Germany Telecom & IT

SCA AB Sweden Extractives

Scania AB Sweden Industrials/Capital Goods

Sekisui Chemical Company Limited Japan Real Estate

Sims Group Limited Australia Extractives

Smith & Nephew PLC United Kingdom Health Care

Sompo Japan Insurance Japan Insurance

State Street Corp. United States Diversified Financials

Statoilhydro ASA Norway Oil & Gas

Stora Enso OYJ Finland Extractives

Swiss Reinsurance Company Switzerland Insurance

Telus Corp. Canada Telecom & IT

The Capita Group PLC United Kingdom Business Services

The Walt Disney Company United States Media

TNT NV Netherlands Transportation

Toppan Printing Company Limited Japan Business Services

Toronto-Dominion Bank Canada Banks

Toyota Motor Corp. Japan Industrials/Capital Goods

Transcanada Corp. Canada Utilities

Unilever PLC United Kingdom Consumer Goods

United Technologies Corp. United States Transportation

Vestas Windsystems A/S Denmark Computers/Electronics

Wartsila OYJ Finland Industrials/Capital Goods

Whitbread PLC United Kingdom Consumer Goods


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