A global index labelled the ‘gold standard for corporate sustainability’ has been released today.

The annual Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) review is compiled by S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI) and Sustainability Investing (SI) specialist, RobecoSAM.

“Many of the events witnessed so far in 2017 make it even more important for corporations around the globe to recognize sustainability, establish policies and manage their businesses in ways that support and increase sustainability of the global environment and the world’s leading businesses. The DJSI family provide a tool for investors to create asset allocations that can further sustainability,” said David Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee, S&P Dow Jones Indices.

Global science giant, Royal DSM, is one of those named in the index that is championing the circular economy. Its partnership project DSM-Niaga has produced a 100% recyclable carpet, which started commercial production late last year.

Feike Sijbesma, CEO and Chairman of the DSM Managing Board, added: “We are proud to once again be among the global leaders in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. At DSM sustainability is not only a responsibility-it is our core value and an important business driver. Together with our customers and partners around the world, we are tackling some of society’s toughest issues and using science to create brighter lives for people today and generations to come.”