Fortis again in Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Sunday, 19. September 2004 14:00

Fortis has again been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World
Index (DJSWI) and the Dow Jones Sustainability Stoxx Index (DJSSI).
Fortis was included for the first time in 2003. Dow Jones makes an
annual evaluation of companies' economic, environmental and social
behaviour, based on more than fifty general and industry-specific
criteria. Only the top ten per cent of companies in each sector make
it to the index.

'This substantiates our commitment to corporate sustainability. We
will certainly maintain this commitment and intend to publish our
first dedicated sustainability report in 2005', comments Fortis CEO
Anton van Rossum.

The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) are, together with the
FTSE4Good Index (which also includes Fortis), the most prominent
indices addressing the increased interest in sustainable investment.
Among those influenced by membership of the indices are the 45 asset
managers licensed to use the DJSI family as the underlying benchmark
for their sustainable portfolios. These licensees currently manage
assets of EUR 2.2 billion.

The new indices will come into effect when trading opens on 20
September 2004. The Dow Jones World Index consists of 300 companies
in 24 countries that are leaders in corporate sustainability in their
own industry. The European version, the Dow Jones Stoxx
Sustainability Index, is made up of 167 companies from 13 countries.

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Fortis is an integrated financial services provider active in the
fields of banking and insurance. With a market capitalization of EUR
24.4 billion (31/08/2004) and around 53,000 employees, Fortis ranks
in the top 20 of European financial institutions. In its home market,
the Benelux countries, Fortis occupies a leading position which it
aims to develop and bolster. Fortis is drawing on the expertise it
has acquired in its home market to realize its European ambitions via
growth platforms. Fortis also operates successfully worldwide in
selected activities. In specific countries in Europe and Asia it
effectively exploits its know-how and experience in bancassurance.
Fortis is listed on the exchanges of Amsterdam, Brussels and
Luxembourg and has a sponsored ADR programme in the United
States. More information is available on
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