International CR rating agencies confirm Deutsche Post DHL Group's continued strong performance in sustainability management

Group receives high marks from independent rating agencies MSCI, RobecoSam (Dow Jones Sustainability Indices), Sustainalytics Research, FTSE4Good and Oekom Research

  • Top scores awarded by supplier platforms EcoVadis and Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC)

Deutsche Post DHL Group has once again been recognized by leading corporate responsibility (CR) rating agencies for its continued progress in the area of sustainability management. The Group was able to further improve its CR performance, following on from the strong results it recorded in 2015. For Deutsche Post DHL Group, these independent evaluations provide confirmation of its direction and efforts in this area.

"Over the last several years we have worked very hard throughout the Group to combine profitability and sustainability, to focus on material issues, and to approach corporate responsibility in a way that is systematic, transparent and measurable," said Dr. Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group. "The external assessments by CR rating agencies as well as the results of the supplier evaluations are - for us and our stakeholders - important instruments for monitoring and steering the course of our CR management. All the more encouraging, then, to have these ratings reflect our progress, and to see that the Group has once again improved significantly in terms of CR performance."

CR rating agencies and rating platforms assess companies on their performance in the categories of environmental responsibility, social responsibility and corporate governance; the assessments are conducted independently and according to the principles and guidelines stipulated by the respective agency or platform.  The ratings focus on company practices in areas such as compliance, environment, data privacy, employee relations, human rights, health, occupational safety, and supplier management, among others.

A closer look at Deutsche Post DHL Group results for 2016

Deutsche Post DHL Group once again received the maximum AAA rating from MSCI. As in previous years, Deutsche Post DHL Group was the only company in its sector to receive this top rating. The RobecoSam assessment had Group performance improving significantly across all dimensions, with the Group's RobecoSam percentile ranking climbing to 93. As a result, Deutsche Post DHL Group was once again listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI World, DJSI Europe).

Sustainalytics Research rated Deutsche Post DHL Group "Industry Leader" with its second-place finish among 142 evaluated companies; the Group's percentile ranking climbed to 99. Deutsche Post DHL Group showed improvement in all individual categories of the FTSE4Good Indices ratings with a result of 4.1 points and renewed listing in the FTSE4Good Indices. The EcoVadis platform for supplier sustainability ratings once again awarded the Group the highest "Gold" standard rating for 2016. The Group also achieved a top rating in the EICC rankings with a score of 97 out of 100 possible points. Oekom Research awarded Deutsche Post DHL Group a C+ Prime Standard rating.

Source: Deutsche Post DHL

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