Engaging with investors
A significant part of our approach to CR is that we share information on our CR performance to provide evidence to our investors and other stakeholders that we are committed to operating in a responsible manner.
Every year, we provide information on environmental, social and governance performance and make submissions to a number of the mainstream sustainability indices and established SRI research and rating agencies. The information we submit is independently assessed and considered alongside information from external sources, such as non-governmental organisations, scientific institutions and the media. For example, in 2015:
Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI)
Following the annual review of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, Provident Financial retained its place in the two indices in which it is eligible to be included: the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) and Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index (DJSI Europe). This is the ninth successive year that Provident Financial has been included in these two indices.
The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)
The CDP provides 767 institutional investors, representing US$92 trillion in assets, with information relating to the way we manage the risks and opportunities associated with climate change. It does this by using information submitted by participating companies to inform investors of the significant risks and opportunities presented by climate change. In May 2014, we made our eighth annual submission to the CDP. For the transparency of our reporting on the opportunities and risks of climate change, Provident Financial received 91 out of 100 possible points in the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index.
By making an annual submission to the CDP, we are one of 3,000 companies worldwide who provide the CDP with an account of the greenhouse gas emissions that result directly and indirectly from our business activities. This enables us to highlight the measures that we have implemented to reduce the carbon intensity of our business activities and provide our stakeholders, in particular investors, with demonstrable evidence that we are a responsible business and committed to minimising our impact on the environment.
FTSE4Good Index Series
Following the June 2015 review by the FTSE4Good Advisory Committee, Provident Financial continued to be included as a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index series.
Euronext Vigeo Indices
We continued to be included within the Euronext Vigeo World 120 index (the 120 most advanced sustainability performing companies in the European, North American and Asia Pacific regions), the Euronext Vigeo Europe 120 index (the 120 most advanced sustainability performing European companies) and the Euronext Vigeo United Kingdom 20 index (the 20 most advanced UK companies based on their sustainability performance).
We were reconfirmed as a constituent of the Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Excellence Forum which is one of the investment registers managed and overseen by the Belgian socially responsible investment (SRI) specialist Forum ETHIBEL. The ESI Excellence Forum is composed of companies that are considered by Forum ETHIBEL to display the best performance in the field of CR.