For the fourth consecutive year, BMW has earned top spot among all auto manufacturers on the 2008 Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. The DJSI rankings reflect a series of comprehensive evaluations done by the SAM Group, an organization that specializes in assessing the sustainability characteristics of 2500 major corporations for investors. BMW is the only firm to have been listed in the automotive section of this 57-industry index ever since the ratings were established back in 1999.
In determining its top picks in each specific functional arena, the SAM Group considers corporate economic, environmental and social performance issues using both general sustainability criteria as well as industry-specific elements like climate change and pollution caused by the manufacturing process. For its part, BMW's Management Board first established sustainability as one of its key operational principles in 2000. Since then, the German automaker has continued to advance its corporate strategy for sustainability by increasing the overall operating efficiency of its current fleet and spearheading development in advanced materials and powertrain technologies - particularly its efforts to establish the viability of non-polluting hydrogen as a future fuel. In addition to its automotive product, BMW also earned high marks for having state-of-the-art production facilities, which are designed to conserve resources while minimize their environmental impact.