17 Aug 2017
Everbright International Included in the FTSE4Good Index for the First time17 August 2017, Hong Kong – China Everbright International Limited ("Everbright International" or the "Group") (HKSE: 00257) is pleased to announce that the Group has been included in the FTSE4Good Index for the first time, once again reflecting the recognition within the investment community of the Group's strong performance in exercising its corporate social responsibilities.
The FTSE4Good Index Series is designed to identify companies that demonstrate strong globally-recognised Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices. The indices apply certain criteria to identify qualified companies for inclusion. These companies should demonstrate that they have carried out certain initiatives and comply with stringent global standards across various aspects of corporate responsibilities, including environmental management, mitigation of climate change, protection of labor rights and labor standards in the supply chain.
The FTSE4Good Index Series was launched in 2001 by FTSE Russell, a global index provider which is part of London Stock Exchange Group. The index series was the world's first globally-recognised corporate responsibility index series and facilitated the sustainable investment model to become a mainstream practice in the market. The index series also helps investors to identify and invest in companies that comply with globally-approved corporate responsibility standards.
Mr. Chen Xiaoping, CEO of Everbright International, said, "As a leading player in China's environmental protection industry, Everbright International has been committed to promoting business development and improving the environment with a strong sense of social responsibility. It is our great honor to be included in the FTSE4Good Index, the latest international accolade that we have received for our corporate responsibility and sustainable development effort since our inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index last year and since being awarded the RobecoSAM Silver Class in RobecoSAM's 2017 Sustainability Yearbook earlier this year. This recognition demonstrates once again that the Group is one of the most environmentally and socially responsible companies around the globe."
Everbright International has been dedicated to fulfilling its corporate social responsibilities at the same time as pursuing business growth. It established Everbright International Environmental Protection Charitable Foundation in 2014 to facilitate and support environmental protection education, energy saving, ecological conservation and community care initiatives, among others. In addition, the Group issued its first independent annual sustainability report in 2013 with the intention to outline its sustainable development approaches, commitment and strategies, as well as highlight its economic, environmental and social performance.
For more information on Everbright International's sustainable development performance, please refer to our Sustainability Report.