11 March 2015
The Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development acknowledges Inditex's supply chain management
The Responsible Supply Chain Benchmark 2014 report prepared by the Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development (VDBO) ranks Inditex as the top-performing retailer with a score of 82 out of 100. In the overall ranking, Inditex is one of the four sector winners, alongside technology player Philips (92%), food and beverage company Heineken (77%) and builder Royal BAM Group (75%), all of which Dutch companies.
This is the first time that the report assesses non-Dutch companies, to which end it selected candidates from the universe of companies analysed by Robeco SAM, the sustainability investing specialist within Dutch group Robeco. The methodology used by the judging panel is focused on achievement of tangible targets by the contending companies on each of the criteria analysed.
The Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development (VDBO), created 1995, works to create sustainable capital markets, markets that consider not only financial criteria but also non-financial, social and environmental criteria.
Inditex's sustainability pledge is also evident in the scores obtained in other benchmark indices such as the FT4Good (rankings compiled by Ethical Investment Research Service) and the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, in which the Group has featured non-stop since 2001, achieving an overall score in 2014 that places it ahead of 98% of its international retailing peers.