Sep 26, 2016 TOKYO

Bridgestone Corporation Named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World and Asia Pacific Indices

Members of Dow Jones Sustainability Indices In Collaboration with RobecoSAM

Bridgestone Corporation (Bridgestone) has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) for the first time and the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index for the seventh consecutive year. These indices, maintained collaboratively by S&P Dow Jones Indices and RobecoSAM, measure the performance of the world's sustainability leaders based on a comprehensive analysis of long-term economic, environmental and social criteria.

Bridgestone attributes its high ranking to its focused efforts on environmental and economic initiatives.

Environmental Approach 

Bridgestone achieved the highest score in the Auto Components industry sector in the environmental dimension and the maximum score of 100 in two environmental assessment criteria: climate strategy and environmental reporting.

The Bridgestone Group (the Group), which includes Bridgestone and its consolidated subsidiaries, has set a long-term environmental vision for the year 2050 and beyond. This vision aims to strike a Group-wide balance between business operations and environmental protection. With this goal in mind, the Group has set medium-term CO2 reduction targets for 2020 and has been steadily make strides in reducing the CO2 emissions from the company’s total operations and its products’ after-use, as well as by helping improve customers’ fuel efficiency.

Furthermore, in 2016, the Group bolstered its information disclosure practices by publishing a Global Sustainability Report to clearly convey its approach and activities intended to support a sustainable environment and society for its stakeholders.  

Economic Approach 

Bridgestone obtained the highest score in its industry sector for innovation management criteria. 

The Group has been undertaking a number of sustainable innovation initiatives such as development of the next-generation fuel-efficient tire technology “ologic” and piloting solution-based businesses to maximize the value it offers customers. Bridgestone believes that investing in technology such as “ologic” and business model innovation is key to future growth.

Founded on its mission of "Serving Society with Superior Quality," the Group recognizes there is important business value in contributing to the development of society. As a global leader in the tire and rubber industries, Bridgestone aims for sustainable growth as a company that contributes to the creation of a sustainable society, while embracing our responsibility to future generations.

About DJSI World 
DJSI World is a stock index that was launched through collaboration between S&P Dow Jones Indices and RobecoSAM. Every year, DJSI World evaluates and quantifies the sustainability of roughly 2,500 major companies around the world from an environmental, economic and social perspective. Companies within each industry that rank in the top 10 percent are selected for inclusion in the index. This year, 316 companies were selected for inclusion, with Bridgestone being selected within the Automobiles & Components industry group category. In addition, the Company got the highest score in tire companies of the category.