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Novozymes receives gold ranking in Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes

Novozymes has received the gold ranking as top performer in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes for the second time in two years. This recognition from the well-respected DJSI places Novozymes among the world's top sustainability leaders.

The investment group Sustainable Asset Management (SAM) published its 2011 Sustainability Yearbook, a guide to the world’s leading companies in terms of sustainability, on behalf of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes.
The best-performing companies across all sectors receive a SAM Gold rating award. For the second year in a row, Novozymes has achieved this top gold ranking.
The current gold ranking comes in addition to Novozymes achieving the rank of Sector Leader in nine previous years.
Because the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes are widely recognized, have an 11-year track record, and measure sustainability performance within more than 20 areas across economic, social, and environmental dimensions, the indexes provide an excellent benchmark for companies.
Sustainability as a growth driver
Novozymes is committed to demonstrating sustainability leadership by making sure that the company identifies developments on the sustainability agenda that are relevant for the business and organization.
“Our efforts have made us a top performer in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, an achievement that enhances our credibility with business partners, who appreciate that having our own house in order is part of our service – and something that we are ready to share with them,” says Mads Bodenhoff, Novozymes Vice President of Finance.
A clear, consistent approach
Novozymes scored this year within the environmental dimension, in stakeholder engagement, and in business ethics. All of these are areas in which SAM, on behalf of Dow Jones, has evaluated that the company has a clear organizational setup and procedures in place and a well-organized, consistent approach that is aligned with the business strategy.
To be included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes requires that a company is using sustainability in a strategic way that is integrated with the business and creates value far beyond mere regulatory compliance. 

Dick Ziggers

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