The company has been listed in the Emerging Markets category of the DJSI. Launched in 1999, this is a benchmark for investors who have recognised that sustainable business practices are critical to generating long-term shareholder value and who wish to reflect their sustainability convictions in their investment portfolios.
The index assesses companies on criteria such as corporate governance, financial operations, ethical issues, environmental and social performance, climate change mitigation and human and employee rights.
Said Arçelik chief executive Hakan Bulgurlu (pictured): “At Arçelik, sustainability is not just a way of life, it’s at the very core of our business model. To be recognised by the DJSI not only provides validation that our efforts are being seen, but shows that our company vision – ‘Respecting the World, Respected Worldwide’ – as well as the investments we are continuing to make in our R&D to create more sustainable household goods, is truly having an impact. This fuels us to keep charging forwards to bring the best in sustainable product innovations to our consumers worldwide.”
At IFA this year, Bulgurlu also announced that the company would be making its microfibre filtering technology available to its competitors in the home-laundry market. This, it claims, captures 90% of the million or so synthetic clothing fibres it said can end up being flushed down the drain and end up in the world’s oceans.