MILWAUKEE, March 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI), a global diversified company in the building and automotive industries, today announced that SAM, a sustainability investment asset management firm, has recognized Johnson Controls as a 2011 Gold Class Sustainability Leader in the firm's annual Sustainability Yearbook. In collaboration with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), SAM annually rates 2,000 companies based on their sustainability performance.
Johnson Controls was one of two companies recognized with SAM's highest Gold Class sustainability rating in the Auto Parts & Tires sector. The company also received Gold Class ratings in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
"We are honored to be recognized by SAM," said Charles A. Harvey, vice president of Diversity and Public Affairs at Johnson Controls. "Our longstanding commitment to sustainability is driven by our vision and values and is an integral part of Johnson Controls' business."
Each year, the world's largest 2,500 companies, as reflected in the Dow Jones Global Total Stock Market Index, are invited to participate in SAM's Corporate Sustainability Assessment. Only the top-scoring 15% of the companies in each of the 58 sectors assessed are eligible for inclusion in The Sustainability Yearbook. The SAM results provide the basis for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes.
The sector-specific environmental criteria used for the Auto Parts & Tires ranking include climate strategy, emission products, environmental policy/management system, operational eco-efficiency, and product stewardship. Social dimension strategies in the ranking include occupational health and safety, stakeholder engagement and standards for suppliers.
About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in over 150 countries. Our 142,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value to shareholders and making our customers successful. In 2011, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #1 company in its annual "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list. For additional information, please visit http://www.johnsoncontrols.com.
SAM is an investment boutique focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing. The firm's offering comprises asset management, indexes and private equity. Its asset management capabilities include a range of single-theme, multi-theme and core sustainability investment strategies catering to institutional asset owners and financial intermediaries in Europe, the United States and Asia-Pacific. Through its index activities, SAM has partnered with Dow Jones Indexes for the publication and licensing of the globally recognized Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) as well as customized sustainability benchmarks. Based on its Corporate Sustainability Assessment, SAM has compiled one of the world's largest sustainability databases and analyzes over 2,000 listed companies annually. SAM's proprietary research and sustainability data are fully integrated into its offerings.
SAM is a member of the global asset manager Robeco, which was established in 1929 and offers a broad range of investment products and services. Robeco is committed to Responsible Investing (RI) and the group-wide implementation of RI principles. Within Robeco, SAM acts as the center of expertise for Clean Tech Private Equity. In addition, SAM represents Robeco in its domestic Swiss market, handling sales, client servicing and marketing on behalf of the parent company, its clients and products. Robeco is a subsidiary of the AAA (S&P) rated Rabobank Group (rating does not apply to any investment product and is subject to change). SAM was founded in 1995, is headquartered in Zurich and employs over 100 professionals. As of December 31, 2010, SAM's total assets amounted to USD 15.8 billion.
SOURCE Johnson Controls