KESKO CORPORATION PRESS RELEASE 13.09.2017 at 15.45 1 (1)
Kesko rises on the world's most prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, DJSI World and DJSI Europe
Kesko has been listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices DJSI World and DJSI Europe. Kesko's scores rose especially in the areas of environmental responsibility and social responsibility.
Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) are the most prestigious global sustainable development indices and Kesko was ever present on them between 2003 and 2014.
Companies are selected for DJSI indices based on an independent sustainability assessment. The assessment analyses company activities in areas of economic, social and environmental responsibility.
Kesko's outstanding environmental responsibility scores were influenced, among other things, by increasing its use of renewable energy, its commitment to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), K Group's plastics policy and measures taken in accordance with the Energy Efficiency Agreement.
The very good social responsibility scores were influenced by Kesko's human rights impact assessment and cooperation with organisations such as Plan International Finland and the Finnish Basketball Association.
Kesko is a world pioneer in sustainability
Kesko is listed on several major sustainability indices, such as the FTSE4Good Index, the CDP Climate A- List and the STOXX Global ESG Leaders Index. Kesko is ranked number 25 in the Global 100 list of the Most Sustainable Corporations in the World and at the same time is the world's most sustainable trading sector company (Food & Staples Retailing).
Kesko is the first Finnish company to set emission targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to reduce emissions from its facilities, transportation and the supply chain. To achieve these ambitious emission reduction targets, Kesko will increase its use of renewable energy while also improving its energy efficiency.
Kesko is committed to supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in its operations. Kesko's responsibility programme includes objectives related to responsible purchasing, customer well-being as well as the environment and the mitigation of climate change.
For more information, please contact Matti Kalervo, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, tel. +358 50 306 4081.
Kesko and K-retailers form the K Group, whose sales total over €13 billion. The K Group is the third largest retail operator in Northern Europe and it employs approximately 45,000 people. Kesko operates in the grocery trade, the building and technical trade and the car trade. Its divisions and chains act in close cooperation with retailer entrepreneurs and other partners. Kesko's net sales are €10 billion and it employs approximately 28,000 people. Kesko has some 2,000 stores engaged in chain operations in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus and Poland. Kesko is a listed company and its shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. The company's domicile and main business premises are in Helsinki. Kesko is the world's most responsible trading sector company (The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World)