Last updated: 02:00 PM ET, Thu September 10 2015

Air France-KLM Leads Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Airlines & Airports | Rich Thomaselli | September 10, 2015

Air France-KLM Leads Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Sustainability has been a major environmental issue for companies big and small for years now, so it comes as no surprise that Air France-KLM is at the top of yet another list.

The airline group has long been known for its sustainability efforts, which again have placed it No. 1 among global carriers – for the 11th consecutive year – on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), one of the most important international indexes assessing the performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide.

“It’s an exceptional achievement, succeeding in maintaining our leading position for so long,” Pieter Elbers, KLM president and CEO, said in a statement. “It confirms not only that we assume responsibility as an employer, but also pursue innovation and take our responsibility with regard to the environment and society seriously.”

The Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) evaluates the sustainability performance of the largest companies listed on the Dow Jones Global Total Stock Market Index.

Air France-KLM has long had an established track record in the area, though Elbers admitted the company is in a constant state of flux in relation to the environment and society.

To that end, “Several concrete long-term objectives have been formulated for a number of themes. One of these is the ‘Smart Energy’ program, aiming to achieve a 20 percent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020,” he said. “Over and above investing in more fuel-efficient aircraft and integrating lighter construction materials on board, using biofuel is one of the ways to achieve this target. We cooperate closely with suppliers and other parties to contribute towards the use of sustainable materials and resources throughout the value chain.”


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