Amsterdam, Brussels, Lisbon, London, New York, Paris – 27 June 2013 – NYSE Euronext (NYX), the world’s largest exchange group, and Vigeo, the leading European expert in responsible performance, are expanding their range of ESG1 indices with the launch of the Euronext Vigeo Benelux 20, the Euronext Vigeo Eurozone 120 and the Euronext Vigeo US 50.
NYSE Euronext and Vigeo expand range of ESG indices.
Components of these three new indices include major listed companies in, respectively, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg; the euro zone; and North America. Index components are based on Vigeo assessments and will be updated twice a year, in May and in November.
As with the Euronext Vigeo World 120, Euronext Vigeo Europe 120, Euronext Vigeo France 20 and Euronext Vigeo UK 20, all launched in March 2013, the component stocks of these three new indices are the companies rated highest for control of corporate responsibility risk and contributions to sustainable development. Performance is measured by the Equitics® method pioneered by Vigeo. Ratings are based on 38 criteria including respect for the environment; human rights and recognition of companies’ humancapital; relations with stakeholders (clients, suppliers, employees, shareholders, etc.); corporate governanceand business ethics; integrity in influencing policy and efforts to fight corruption; and the prevention of social and environmental dumping in the supply and subcontracting chain. Vigeo draws on its existing database to analyse nearly 330 indicators for each company.
“The Euronext Vigeo index family gives investors a chance to invest in companies that meet internationally recognized standards for corporate social responsibility. Our indices are designed to identify and measure the performance of companies committed to the long-term protection of our environment, to developing constructive relations with all stakeholders, and to promoting respect for human rights,” said FabriceRahmouni, Index Designer at NYSE Euronext.
“Vigeo has chosen to build its benchmarks around universally recognized standards drawn from UN and ILO conventions and treaties of the, and from OECD guidelines. This approach has strengthened the international reputation of Euronext Vigeo indices,” he added.
Fouad Benseddik, Director of Methodology at Vigeo, added: “These three new indices—covering the Benelux, the euro zone and North America—are a useful addition to the instruments we offer the most demanding investors tracking social responsibility risk, shareholder dialogue, and a commitment to companies promoting sustainable development.”
1 ESG: the environment, social issues and corporate governance – the three pillars of socially responsible investment (SRI).
1 Vigeo excludes no business sectors and applies no filters based on the activities or products of companies under review, except in cases where such products or activities are prohibited by law or by international treaties.
2 See appendix for a list of Euronext Vigeo index component stocks.
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About NYSE Euronext
NYSE Euronext (NYX) is a leading global operator of financial markets and provider of innovative trading technologies. The company's exchanges in Europe and the United States trade equities, futures, options, fixed-income and exchange-traded products. With approximately 8,000 listed issues (excluding European Structured Products), NYSE Euronext's equities markets – the New York Stock Exchange, NYSE Euronext, NYSE MKT, NYSE Alternext and NYSE Arca – represent one-third of the world's equities trading, the most liquidity of any global exchange group. NYSE Euronext also operates NYSE Liffe, one of the leading European derivatives businesses and the world's second-largest derivatives business by value of trading. The company offers comprehensive commercial technology, connectivity and market data products and services through NYSE Technologies. NYSE Euronext is in the S&P 500 index. For more information, please visit: www.nyx.com.
Vigeo is the leading European expert in responsible performance. Founded in 2002 and headed by Nicole Notat, Vigeo measures the performances and risks of more than 2000 companies, local authorities and countries in the world with regard to six areas of social responsibility: the environment, human rights, human resources, business behavior and corporate governance. Vigeo offers two lines of services through two business brands:
• Vigeo rating – the way to responsible investment – offers a broad range of products and services to investors seeking sustainable and responsible performance for their investments;
• Vigeo enterprise – the way to responsible management – conducts global CSR audits and benchmarks in organizations of all sizes, public and private; supports teams; and integrates CSR/SRI criteria into business functions and strategic operations.Vigeo’s rating research meets high quality standards and is externally certified to the Arista® standard.Vigeo is present in Paris, Casablanca, Brussels, Milan, London and Tokyo, and has more than a hundred employees. www.vigeo.com
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