Corporate Responsibility Report 2013
Integrity and trust are at the core of what we do. As a Group we have, from the outset, operated under the banner of 'my word is my bond'. That overriding principle is still relevant today as a provider of trusted, reliable, independent and user neutral services. We recognize the role we play in international markets. This role encapsulates not only commercial and performance objectives but also environmental, social and governance (ESG) responsibilities.
In line with the growth of our business on an increasingly international scale, our approach to corporate responsibility was recently enhanced, consistent with our wider geographic presence and as an acknowledgement of the strategic role of corporate responsibility in ensuring the Group act as a good corporate citizen in the communities in which we operate.
Corporate Responsibility at the Group is organised into 4 key 'pillars' of activity or key focus areas. Our Board endorsed Group Corporate Responsibility Policy outlines our approach to incorporating our wider responsibilities into our business strategy.
London Stock Exchange Group has been independently assessed according to the FTSE4Good criteria, and has satisfied the requirements to become a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index Series. Created by the global index company FTSE Group, FTSE4Good is an equity index series that is designed to facilitate investment in companies that meet globally recognised corporate responsibility standards. Companies in the FTSE4Good Index Series have met stringent social and environmental criteria, and are positioned to capitalise on the benefits of responsible business practice.
London Stock Exchange Group plc has been selected as a component of the Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index for 2012-2013, as a recognition of the Group's corporate sustainability leadership in the financial sector.
Dow Jones Sustainability Index
As one of the top-scoring companies in the financial services sector, London Stock Exchange Group has qualified for inclusion in the 2013 ranking of the 2013 Sustainability Yearbook and is among the winners of RobecoSAM's sustainability distinctions as Sector Mover.Within the top 15% of each sector, Sector Mover recognition is awarded to the company that has achieved the largest proportional improvement in its sustainability performance compared to the previous year.
STOXX Europe Sustainability index
Our stock is also a constituent of the STOXX Europe Sustainability index, which covers the European leaders in terms of environmental, social and governance performance from 18 European countries.
2012 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations
The Group has been included in the Corporate Knights list of the 2012 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations, whose aim is to "reinforce, raise awareness and highlight, annually, the World's leaders in clean capitalism, laying out in one clear page the global firms most willing and able to deal with the key social and environmental factors they face in their everyday operations".