Amadeus hopes top sustainability ranking will attract new investors

Amadeus is to start featuring on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) globally and in Europe from Monday.

The GDS and technology provider will be ranked in the support services sector and was among 12 selected from 57 firms invited to take part.

Amadeus achieved a score of 82 points making it the leader in the sector having achieved the highest scores for the economic and social dimension of its business, compliance with codes of conduct, environmental policy/management system, labour practice Indicators and human rights, and talent attraction and retention.

Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes were launched jointly by Dow Jones Index, STOXX and Sustainable Asset Management (SAM) in 1999. It covers 58 different business sectors.

Svend Leirvaag, vice president of industry affairs at Amadeus, said: “Amadeus’ ambitions within Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainability are gradually and visibly to improve our contribution to society.

“We are doing this by engaging the resources that make Amadeus unique: our people and their talent, our technological capabilities and our expertise in the global travel industry, whilst working in partnerships that make a real difference.

“Being included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index is a clear indication that we are making substantial progress in this important area.”

Ana de Pro, Amadeus’ chief financial officer, added: “Recognition of our status by such a credible organisation as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, with such a large and growing following of investors globally, is a very welcome reward for our commitment.

“We look forward to attracting new and like-minded long-term investors who share our socially conscious and sustainable business philosophy.

“In particular we are very satisfied to be confirmed as the leader in the worldwide support services sector. In business terms, this both justifies and re-enforces our existing strategy: a socially conscious business approach brings long-term rewards to investors, customers, suppliers and employees.”

Companies ranked on the DJSI are selected from the largest 2,500 companies around the world, with only 340 qualifying.

Currently around $6 billion is invested in DJSI-based investment vehicles, including mutual funds, separate accounts, and notes, as well as exchange traded funds (ETF), in 15 countries worldwide.

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