Inclusion in sustainability indices, and the ratings received from the specialized sector-specific agencies, further reflects the robustness of CNH Industrial’s sustainable Governance model. In detail, in 2014, CNH Industrial: was reconfirmed as Industry Leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) World and Europe, for the fourth consecutive year; reconfirmed its position in the CDP Italy Climate Disclosure Leadership Index, with a winning score of 98/100; and was included in the CDP Climate Performance Leadership Index, receiving the highest score (A - on a scale from A to E) for the first year for its commitment to reducing carbon emissions. In addition, CNH Industrial was readmitted into the STOXX ESG Leaders and STOXX Sustainability Leaders Indices, and the FTSE4Good Index.
As at December 31, 2014, CNH Industrial is included in the following indices:
The presence of CNH Industrial shares in the portfolios of Socially Responsible Investors (SRIs), i.e., those who integrate standard financials with environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations, is a clear index of appreciation of the Company’s commitment to sustainability. As at December 31, 2014, 6.04%2 of CNH Industrial’s free float2 was held by 31 (32 in 2013) asset owners2 and by 59 (30 in 2013) socially responsible mutual funds2, showing a slight improvement over 2013. In 2014, both mutual funds and institutional investors showed increasing interest in CNH Industrial, especially mutual funds located in North America and Northern Europe.
CNH Industrial’s result, as for the previous year, was lower than the benchmark by about eighty basis points.
The benchmark consists of an average of SRI investor holdings calculated on five companies (CNH Industrial plus four of its main competitors). CNH Industrial ranked second. The Company’s result was below the benchmark only because the score of the top-ranking company was so high it significantly raised the benchmark. Excluding this competitor from calculations, CNH Industrial’s percentage of equity would be higher than the benchmark by over 150 basis points.