Sustainability Sustainability

It is important to know that DWR is not working alone on Sustainability. Thousands of organizations around the world are working on critical issues that help all of us. Some countries have instituted sustainability legislations, while others have instituted sustainability policies and programs. All levels of government are engaged in finding ways to help be more effective in using our resources wisely. See some of the company that DWR is keeping while being more Sustainable.

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Dow Jones & Sustainability Dow Jones & Sustainability


 Michael A. Petronella, President, Dow Jones Indexes: "The DJSI have become the gold standard in recognizing the world's corporate sustainability leaders. These indexes have become an invaluable market tool for those seeking to support companies that are committed to creating and adopting sustainable business practices."

The DJSI follow a best-in-class approach, including companies across all industries that outperform their peers in numerous sustainability metrics. Each year, SAM invites the world's 2,500 largest companies, measured by free-float market capitalization, from the 57 sectors to report on their sustainability performance. The result of the Corporate Sustainability Assessment provides an in-depth analysis of economic, environmental and social criteria, such as corporate governance, water-related risks and stakeholder relations, with a special focus on industry-specific risks and opportunities.

SAM annually identifies the top company in each of the 19 supersectors into which the 57 sectors roll up. The 2011-2012 supersector leaders are: 

Supersector leaders (alphabetically listed)


Air France-KLM

Travel & Leisure


Automobiles & Parts

Enagas S.A.


Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd.

Construction & Materials

Itausa-Investimentos Itau S/A

Financial Services

Koninklijke DSM N.V.


Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.

Personal & Household Goods

KT Corp.


Lotte Shopping Co. Ltd.


Pearson PLC


PepsiCo Inc.

Food & Beverage

PostNL N.V.

Industrial Goods & Services

Repsol YPF S.A.

Oil & Gas

Roche Holding AG


Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.



Real Estate

Swiss Re Limited


Westpac Banking Corp.


Xstrata PLC

Basic Resources

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In Good Company! In Good Company!

DWR is not alone in practicing Sustainability. Since the mid- 1980's, businesses around the world have taken steps to help reduce their impacts on the natural world. Businesses are recognizing the complexity of the multiple impacts their activities have on the social world as well. Transparency is key in showing sustainability practices to the world. Many reporting practices exist for Sustainability; these include "footprints" such as carbon and water; indexes such as the Dow Jones Index shown on the left, and reports, such as Sustainability Reports produced by various corporations. Regardless of the format, the very presence of such practices help educate the public on the concept of Sustainability and raise awareness that what we do matters!

Government & Sustainability Government & Sustainability

Federal, State, and local governments are also practicing Sustainability.Governments are important for Sustainability because the various branches of government spend trillions of dollars per year on goods and services. By directing this money into more sustainable goods and services, governments encourage sustainable innovation in the private sector.

Even Walmart Reports on Sustainability Even Walmart Reports on Sustainability

October 24, 2005 was a defining day in the history of Walmart as then President and CEO Lee Scott launched a sustainability program with three goals:

  •  Be supplied 100 percent by renewable energy
  •  Create zero waste
  •  Sell products that sustain people and the environment

How well has Walmart done toward these goals?  

Actually, Walmart has taken sustainability very seriously. Some of their accomplishments for 2011 include:

Carbon footprint

Goal -Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 base of existing stores, clubs and distribution centers around the world by 20 % by 2012.

Actual -an absolute reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 10.61 % by 2009 (the most recent year.

Lighting Improvements-

March 2010

  1. Replaced the 77-watt ceramic metal halide spotlights used to highlight produce, fixtures and wall-mounted signage with 12-watt LED PAR38 spotlights, saving approximately 50 % in energy per installation.
  2. Replaced the 64-watt fluorescent fixtures with recessed 12.5-watt LED fixtures in restrooms, generating an anticipated savings of 9,000 to 15,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) per site annually, depending on prototype size.
  3. Retrofitted the 58-watt traditional fluorescent lamps in low- and medium-temperature refrigerated cases with 20-watt LED fixtures, saving in excess of 67,000 kWh in case door lighting and indirect refrigeration energy annually in the average superstore.

Zero Waste

  • 49 % Reduction in waste generated in stores and operational facilities compared to 2005 baseline.
  • 54.2 % reduction in water usage by since 2005, through the implementation of waste water reclamation systems, sensor faucets, pressure-reducing valves and passive-use strategies.


And In California…

A new tracking program piloted in California, will soon be able to track and report waste-reduction numbers on a state-by-state basis.

According to this new tracking program piloted from January through October 2010, there is a redirection rate of 81 % across California. This tracking program is now being used in all states and Wal-Mart anticipates having a U.S.-wide redirection rate with similar results.

 Walmart- who knew?