MERRILLVILLE, Ind., Sept. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America in recognition of the company's sustainable business practices and performance for the third consecutive year.
"We are proud to have once again been named a member of the DJSI North America index," said NiSource President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Hamrock. "Our sustainable approach to safety, reliability, customer experience and community engagement is core to our strategy. And our 7,500 employees are dedicated to providing our customers with the energy they need to cook, use hot water, and light, warm and cool their homes and businesses."
The DJSI North America Index and respective subsets track the performance of the top 20 percent of the 600 largest Canadian and United States companies in the S&P Global Broad Market Index. In the Multi and Water Utilities category, 13 North American companies were invited to participate in the assessment and four were selected. NiSource has been named to the DJSI 10 times since its launch in 1999.
Each year, NiSource issues a Sustainability Report that tracks the company's progress toward building lasting customer-focused solutions, environmental stewardship and social responsibility. Information from the annual Sustainability Report is used as part of the DJSI evaluation process.
Highlights from NiSource's latest Sustainability Report included:
- Industry-leading safety performance - Last year, NiSource invested more than $3.2 million across its companies to increase public awareness on how to avoid damage to underground systems in addition to training emergency responders on natural gas safety to ensure they know how to respond if underground facilities are damaged.
- Top-tier customer satisfaction - New technologies and improved processes were introduced in 2015 to make it easier for customers to do business with its companies. This includes improved appointment windows, online outage reporting, website enhancements and a new bill layout. Plus, NiSource companies helped customers save more than $9.6 million through participation in energy efficiency programs in 2015.
- Investments that systematically and efficiently deliver service integrity - With nearly $1.4 billion invested in natural gas distribution system and electric operations in 2015, NiSource is enhancing safety, reliability and customer service and improving environmental performance. From replacing aging infrastructure to upgrading substations, these investments translate into a safer, more reliable energy system to serve our customers and communities.
- Recognized among the best places to work by all in our communities - Focusing on training, development, employee engagement, and inclusion and diversity, NiSource is committed to being recognized as a best place to work in our communities. The construction of new state-of-the-art training facilities is one step in developing great talent across the organization. The first of these new training centers opened in July.
NiSource's 2015 Sustainability Report and related materials are available at http://www.nisource.com/sustainability.
About DJSI Indices
Identified by RobecoSAM, the DJSI evaluates corporations based on a variety of criteria including climate change strategies, energy consumption, human resources development, knowledge management, stakeholder relations and corporate governance. The indices serve as benchmarks for investors who integrate sustainability considerations into their portfolios, and provide an effective engagement platform for companies who want to adopt sustainable best practices. More information about the DJSI is available at http://www.sustainability-indices.com/.
NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) is one of the largest fully-regulated utility companies in the United States, serving approximately 3.5 million natural gas customers and 500,000 electric customers across seven states through its local Columbia Gas and NIPSCO brands. Based in Merrillville, Indiana, NiSource's more than 7,500 employees are focused on safely delivering reliable and affordable energy to our customers and communities we serve. NiSource has been designated a World's Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute since 2012 and is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability - North America Index. Additional information about NiSource, its investments in modern infrastructure and systems, its commitments and its local brands can be found at www.nisource.com. Follow us at www.facebook.com/nisource, www.linkedin.com/company/nisource or www.twitter.com/nisourceinc. NI-F
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