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Microsoft topped the rankings in the Goldman Sach’s GS SUSTAIN framework for the global software and services sector, released June 5, 2009. The GS SUSTAIN framework seeks to “identify companies best-positioned to sustain competitive advantage and superior returns through analysis of 1) return on capital, 2) industry positioning, and 3) management quality with respect to environmental, social & governance (ESG) issues.”
Microsoft is also included in a number of other leading investment indexes focused on companies that are effectively addressing environmental sustainability and social responsibility. For instance, Microsoft is among 50 companies included in a new NASDAQ index of companies taking a leadership role in sustainability performance reporting. Launched June 15, 2009, the NASDAQ OMX CRD Global Sustainability 50 Index recognizes a select set of companies that have voluntarily disclosed their carbon footprint and other key environmental and social responsibility data. Among other investment indexes based on sustainability criteria that include Microsoft: the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for North America and the U.S., the FTSE KLD Global Sustainability Index, and the longstanding KLD Domini 400 Social Index and Calvert Social Index.
Our CEO Steve Ballmer has called environmental sustainability an important long-term initiative for our company. We’re glad a growing number of investors recognize the value this effort can create for the environment, our business, and our shareholders with the creation of indexes such as these.
It's good to see Microsoft continue their positive efforts and continue to make money in these times.