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World's 100 Most Sustainable Corporations Deliver Better for Investors

DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan. 22, 2019 /CNW/ -A Corporate Knights released its 15th annual list of the world's 100 most sustainable corporations in Davos today, following a rigorous analysis of some 7,500 companies with US$1B+ in revenues. A A comparative financial performance and corporate longevity analysis of the Global 100 companies against the MSCI All Country World Index supports the mounting case that sustainable corporate performance is consistent with equal or better returns for investors and greater corporate longevity.According to the Toronto-based sustainable business magazine and research company's latest data crunching, the world's most sustainable corporation in 2019 is Chr. Hansen, a Danish bioscience company, which uses "good bacteria" to provide natural means for preserving food, protecting plants and reducing overreliance on antibiotics in livestock farming. Eighty-one per cent of Chr. Hansen's revenues are categorized as "clean," according to the Corporate Knights taxonomy. It also has strong representation of women on its board and in its executive ranks, and the company now links executive compensation to corporate diversity targets.Other top spots on the 2019 ranking: second-place went to Kering S.A., a French apparel and accessories manufacturer, which pioneered Environment, Profit & Loss accounting as a way of making environmental impacts directly visible on the corporate bottom line. Kering was ahead of all other companies on representation of women on its board at 64 per cent.A  Third place went to Neste Corporation, a Finnish petroleum refiner that earned 25 per cent of its revenues from refining biofuels and aims to boost that to 50 per cent by 2020. The Global 100's "clean revenue" metric, which was introduced in last year's ranking and now counts for 50 per cent of each company's score, measures the percentage of revenues earned from products or services that have environmental, or well-defined social benefits. Refined "peer group" definitions used to score companies were introduced this year and have improved the comparability and precision of the rankings. Analysis of the age composition and financial performance of the 2019 Global 100 continues to demonstrate that top sustainability performers tend to last longer and perform better for investors than comparator companies.A The average age of a Global 100 company is 87 years, while the average age of a company in the MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI) is 63 years. A Comparative investor returns were assessed using the "Global 100 Index," which is calculated by Solactive and available via Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters. Composed of Global 100-ranked companies, it is equally weighted and mirrors the sector composition of the MSCI ACWI on a percentage basis. From its inception on February 1, 2005, to December 31, 2018, the Global 100 Index made a net investment return of 127.35 per cent, compared to 118.27 per cent for the MSCI ACWI (see Appendix A below for long-term trend). "The Global 100 companies show that doing what is good for the world can also be good for financial performance," said Toby Heaps, CEO of Corporate Knights.Global 100 companies also consistently outperform MSCI ACWI companies on CEO-to-average-worker compensation equity, board gender diversity, on paying their fair share of taxes, and on various other specific metrics that factor into the ranking.

Metric



Global 100



MSCI ACWI



CEO-to-average-worker-pay ratio



76:1



140:1



Cash-taxes-paid-to-profit ratio



18%



16%



Carbon productivity (revenue-to-tonne-C02e ratio)



$238k



$157k



Clean revenues (from products or services with beneficial
environmental or social impacts as % of total revenues)



26%



9%



% of women on boards



27%



19%



Executive pay linked to sustainability measures (% of
companies having such a link)



58%



19%

A Global 100 companies come from 21 different countries, predominantly in North America (there are 22 American and six Canadian companies on the list) and Western Europe, where 13 countries collectively account for 51 ranked companies. The other 21 ranked companies come from Australia, Brazil, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan. Sectorally, 20 ranked companies are in IT and 17 in the financial sector. With the addition of the consumer discretionary, health care, and industrials sectors, these five sectors make up almost three-quarters of the Global 100 in line with its comparator benchmark. For full rankings and methodology details, please see: www.corporateknights.com/global100.About Corporate Knights:A Corporate Knights Inc. includes the sustainable business magazine Corporate Knights and a research division that produces rankings and financial product ratings based on corporate sustainability performance.A  About the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World:A The Global 100 is an annual project initiated by Corporate Knights, the company for clean capitalism. Launched in 2005, the Global 100 is announced annually on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.Appendix I: Net returns of the MSCI All Country World Index and the Corporate Knights Global 100 Index in USD as calculated respectively by Solactive and MSCI (from February 1, 2005 to December 31st, 2018)Appendix II: 2018 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World





















Rank 2018



Full company name



Country



Peer Group



1



Chr. Hansen Holding A/S



Denmark



Food or other Chemical Agents



2



Kering SA



France



Apparel and Accessories



3



Neste Corporation



Finland



Petroleum Refineries



4



Orsted



Denmark



Wholesale Power



5



GlaxoSmithKline plc



UK



Biopharmaceuticals



6



Prologis, Inc



U.S



Real Estate Investment Trusts



7



Umicore



Belgium



Primary Metals Products



8



Banco do Brasil S.A



Brazil



Banks



9



Shinhan Financial Group Co



South Korea



Banks



10



Taiwan Semiconductor



Taiwan



Semiconductor Equipment



11



Pearson PLC



UK



Personal Professional Services



12



Outotec Oyj



Finland



Machinery Manufacturing



13



McCormick & Company



U.S



Food and Beverage Production



14



Cisco Systems, Inc



U.S



Communications Equipment



15



Natura Cosmeticos S.A



Brazil



Personal Care and Cleaning



16



ERG S.p.A



Italy



Wholesale Power



17



Analog Devices, Inc



U.S



Semiconductor Manufacturing



18



Novartis AG



Switzerland



Biopharmaceuticals



19



CEMIG



Brazil



Electric Utilities



20



Sanofi



France



Biopharmaceuticals



21



Ericsson



Sweden



Communications Equipment



22



Bombardier Inc



Canada



Aerospace and Defense



23



UPM-Kymmene Oyj



Finland



Forestry and Paper Products



24



BNP Paribas SA



France



Banks



25



City Developments Limited



Singapore



Real Estate Invest.+ Services



26



bioMerieux SA



France



Diagnostics and Drug Delivery



27



Royal KPN NV



Netherlands



Wireless and Wireline Telecom



28



Siemens AG



Germany



Industrial Conglomerates



29



Valeo SA



France



Consumer Vehicles and Parts



30



LG Electronics Inc



South Korea



Computer Hardware



31



Amundi SA



France



Investment Services



32



Ecolab Inc



U.S



Food or other Chemical Agents



33



CapitaLand Limited



Singapore



Real Estate Invest.+ Services



34



Vestas Wind Systems A/S



Denmark



Electrical Equipment + Power



35



ING Groep NV



Netherlands



Banks



36



Electrolux AB



Sweden



Household Appliances and Furn.



37



Teck Resources Limited



Canada



Metal Ore Mining



38



Dassault Systemes SA



France



Software



39



HP Inc



U.S



Computer Peripherals



40



Comerica Incorporated



U.S



Banks



41



Sun Life Financial Inc



Canada



Insurance



42



VERBUND AG



Austria



Wholesale Power



43



Kone Oyj



Finland



Machinery Manufacturing



44



Suncor Energy Inc



Canada



Integrated Oil and Gas



45



ABB Ltd



Switzerland



Industrial Conglomerates



46



Eli Lilly and Company



U.S



Biopharmaceuticals



47



Nordea Bank AB



Sweden



Banks



48



Autodesk, Inc



U.S



Software



49



Metso Oyj



Finland



Machinery Manufacturing



50



AstraZeneca PLC



UK



Biopharmaceuticals



51



KeyCorp



U.S



Banks



52



Alphabet Inc



U.S



Internet and Data Services



53



MetLife, Inc



U.S



Insurance



54



Industria de Diseno Textil



Spain



Apparel and Accessories



55



Danaher Corporation



U.S



Medical Devices



56



Halma plc



UK



Machinery Manufacturing



57



Total SA



France



Integrated Oil and Gas



58



Novo Nordisk A/S



Denmark



Biopharmaceuticals



59



PNC Financial Services



U.S



Banks



60



Schneider Electric SE



France



Industrial Conglomerates



61



Iberdrola SA



Spain



Wholesale Power



62



Alstom SA



France



Transportation Equipment



63



Bank of America Corp



U.S



Banks



64



Nokia Oyj



Finland



Communications Equipment



65



Unilever PLC



UK



Personal Care and Cleaning



66



Ingersoll-Rand Plc



U.S



Machinery Manufacturing



67



Commerzbank AG



Germany



Banks



68



Acciona SA



Spain



Facilities and Construction



69



Tesla Inc



U.S



Consumer Vehicles and Parts



70



Itron, Inc



U.S



Machinery Manufacturing



71



Westpac Banking Corp



Australia



Banks



72



ENGIE Brasil Energia S.A



Brazil



Wholesale Power



73



Eisai Co., Ltd



Japan



Biopharmaceuticals



74



National Australia Bank



Australia



Banks



75



AAK AB



Sweden



Food and Beverage Production



76



Lloyds Banking Group plc



UK



Banks



77



OSRAM Licht AG



Germany



Electrical Equipment + Power



78



Takeda Pharmaceutical Co



Japan



Biopharmaceuticals



79



UCB S.A



Belgium



Biopharmaceuticals



80



Intesa Sanpaolo SpA



Italy



Banks



81



Workday, Inc



U.S



Software



82



Yokogawa Electric Corp



Japan



Industrial Conglomerates



83



Samsung SDI Co., Ltd



South Korea



Electrical Equipment + Power



84



adidas AG



Germany



Apparel and Accessories



85



Campbell Soup Company



U.S



Food and Beverage Production



86



Advantech Co., Ltd



Taiwan



Computer Hardware



87



ANSYS, Inc



U.S



Software



88



Kesko Oyj



Finland



Food and Beverage Retail



89



Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd



Japan



Other Materials



90



VMware, Inc



U.S



Software



91



Canadian Tire Corporation



Canada



General Merchandise Retail



92



Kao Corp



Japan



Personal Care and Cleaning



93



Accenture Plc



Ireland



Technology Consulting Services



94



Celestica Inc



Canada



Manufacturing Equipment



95



Toyota Motor Corp



Japan



Consumer Vehicles and Parts



96



Konica Minolta, Inc



Japan



Computer Peripherals



97



Spectris plc



UK



Machinery Manufacturing



98



L'Oreal SA



France



Personal Care and Cleaning



99



Bayerische Motoren Werke



Germany



Consumer Vehicles and Parts



100



Panasonic Corporation



Japan



Computer Hardware

A SOURCE Corporate Knights Inc.
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