AUO Named for the First Time to 2010 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index
HSINCHU, Taiwan, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- AU Optronics Corp. ("AUO" or the "Company") (TAIEX: 2409; NYSE: AUO), having been named to the 2009 Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index (DJSI Asia/Pacific), today announced that it has been further selected as a member of the 2010 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World), in addition to 2010 DJSI Asia/Pacific, making it the only pure TFT-LCD manufacturer worldwide to join the Index. This reaffirms the Company's achievements and firm commitment to sustainable development.
The DJSI evaluates sustainable development performance of companies in economic, environmental, and social dimensions. Among all 57 sectors of DJSI World, AUO is categorized under the Computer Hardware & Electronic Office Equipment (THQ) sector, and the Company is the only pure B2B company to have achieved number one on the Index in that category.
AU Optronics Corp. comments that it has not been easy to obtain this honor from Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. This is the fruit of the hard work of all AUO staff. Since the implementation of Green Solutions in 2008, AUO has devoted all its efforts to the six categories of Green Innovation, Green Procurement, Green Production, Green Logistics, Green Service, Green Recycling, plus the Green DNA campaign. The Company's G8.5 fab has been awarded the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold certificate by the U.S. Green Building Council, and its 32" LCD TV and PV module have also acquired the world's first carbon footprint verifications in their respective product categories. In the future, the Company will certainly continue to fulfill responsibilities in corporate sustainability, maximizing customer and shareholder benefits while ensuring a win-win situation for its business, consumers and environment, so that a low-carbon society with an amazing life can be achieved.
Launched in 1999, the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes are the first global indexes tracking the CSR performance of leading companies worldwide and are now some of the most important globally-accepted indicators in reviewing corporate sustainability. The Indexes serve as a driving force to companies in fulfilling their corporate citizenship and offer benchmarks in corporate sustainability for global investors.
ABOUT DOW JONES INDEXES
Launched in 1999, the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes track the financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide. Based on the cooperation of Dow Jones Indexes, STOXX Limited and SAM Group the indexes provide asset managers with reliable and objective benchmarks to manage sustainability portfolios. The DJSI components are selected by a systematic corporate sustainability assessment and include only the leading sustainability companies worldwide. Each year around 2,500 companies from 57 sectors covering 27 countries are invited to participate in DJSI review, which evaluates their sustainable performances in economic, environmental, and social dimensions.
ABOUT AU OPTRONICS
AU Optronics Corp. (AUO) is a global leader of thin film transistor liquid crystal display panels (TFT-LCD). AUO is able to provide customers with a full range of panel sizes and comprehensive applications, offering TFT-LCD panels in sizes ranging from 1.2 inches to greater than 65 inches. AUO generated NT$359.3 billion (US$11.2 billion) in sales revenue* in 2009 and now houses a staff of more than 42,000 employees, with global operations in Taiwan, Mainland China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, the U.S., and Europe. Additionally, AUO is the first pure TFT-LCD manufacturer to be successfully listed at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). AUO extended its market to the green energy industry in late 2008, and formally founded its Solar Photovoltaic Business Unit in October, 2009. For more information, please visit AUO.com.
Safe Harbour Notice
AU Optronics Corp. ("AUO" or the "Company") (TAIEX: 2409; NYSE: AUO), a global leader of TFT-LCD panels, today announced the above news. Except for statements in respect of historical matters, the statements contained in this Release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements were based on our management's expectations, projections and beliefs at the time regarding matters including, among other things, future revenues and costs, financial performance, technology changes, capacity, utilization rates, yields, process and geographical diversification, future expansion plans and business strategy. Such forward looking statements are subject to a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties that can cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements, including risks related to the flat panel display industry, the TFT-LCD market, acceptance of and demand for our products, technological and development risks, competitive factors, and other risks described in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in our Form 20-F filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission on May 11th, 2010.
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