Aegon receives its highest-ever score in Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

Global, September 11, 2015

With an increase of one point in the 2015 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices assessment by RobecoSAM, Aegon not only achieved its highest ever score, but outperformed 94% of the companies in our sector.

Cartoon from Aegon 2014 Annual Review

Aegon scored 83, compared to an industry average of just 48. With this performance Aegon maintained its inclusion in both the Dow Jones Sustainability European and World index.

The Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index tracks the performance of the leading 20% of large European companies in terms of sustainability, while the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index tracks the performance of the leading 10% of large companies worldwide.

Historical DJSI Performance

Aegon scored the highest-possible industry score of 100 for three of the dimensions rated, including Brand Management, Risk Detection and Principles for Sustainable Insurance.

Principles for Sustainable Insurance

"Aegon is one of the founding signatories of the UNEP-FI's Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI), " said Marc Van Weede, Aegon's Global Head of Strategy & Sustainability.

Aegon outperformed 94% of the companies in its sector in the 2015 DJSI.

"The aim of the PSI is to make sure sustainability becomes business as usual. Three years ago we set ourselves specific goals and targets against each of the PSI's four basic principles. We have achieved almost every one of these goals. We'll be raising the bar and setting new goals at the end of this year, when we announce the evolution of our current strategy."

About RobecoSAM's Corporate Sustainability Assessment

3,400 of the world's largest companies in both developed and emerging markets were invited to take part in RobecoSAM's Corporate Sustainability Assessment, analyzing the most financially material environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors. Only the 10% best scoring companies in terms of sustainability in each industry were included in the DJSI World Index.

Written by: Aegon