Kesko continues in Dow Jones sustainability indexes

9/10/2010, 12:00 PM (Source: GlobeNewswire)

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For the eighth year in succession, Kesko was selected for the Dow Jones
sustainability indexes DJSI World and DJSI Europe. In the annual review 2010,
Kesko gained the subsector's best scores for its environmental reporting, risk
management, and the corporate code of conduct for preventing corruption and

DJSI indexes measure sustainability of the top companies in the world

The Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) are the most recognised and oldest
worldwide sustainability indexes. Companies to be included in the DJSI indexes
are selected on the basis of the assessment made by the SAM Group of
Switzerland. The assessment is an extensive analysis, in which each company
answers some one hundred questions on economic, social and environmental

The world's 2,600 largest companies are invited to SAM's assessment, and the
best ones in each sector are included in the DJSI indexes. This year, 318
companies from 27 countries were included in DJSI World, and 157 companies from
14 countries were included in DJSI Europe. In addition to Kesko, seven other
companies from Finland were included. Kesko is the only Nordic retail company in
both of the indexes.

Responsibility increasingly important for investors

Responsibility plays an increasingly important part in investors' decisions.
Responsible investors consider how companies take care of their economic, social
and environmental responsibilities. The Principles of Responsible Investment
already have over 800 signatories in more than 40 countries (

"Sustainability indexes are a reliable and neutral tool for investors and
analysts. Kesko's inclusion in the major sustainability indexes is an important
evidence of our responsible operations and helps investors to make decisions. It
confirms that our sustainability work is successful and our operations are world
class," says Arja Talma, Kesko's Senior Vice President, CFO.

Kesko included in several sustainability indexes

Kesko is included as a member of the FTSE4Good Global and FTSE4Good Europe
indexes focusing on responsible investment for the second year in succession.

In the Sustainability Yearbook 2010 published by SAM, Kesko's responsibility
work qualified in the Silver Class in the food and drug retail sector. Kesko was
also recognised as the 'Sector Mover', a qualification given to the company that
has achieved the biggest proportional improvement in its sustainability

Kesko has ranked in the list of 'the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations'
since 2005. In the list published in 2010 Kesko was placed 33rd.

In July 2010, Kesko was included in the OMX GES Sustainability Nordic index,
which consists of the top 50 companies in the Nordic countries in terms of

Further information:
Helena Frilander, Development Manager, Corporate Responsibility tel. +358
1053 23143
Marjut Lovio, Advisor, Corporate Responsibility tel. +358 1053 23302

Kesko ( is a retail specialist whose stores offer quality to the
daily lives of consumers. Kesko has about 2,000 stores engaged in chain
operations in the Nordic and Baltic countries, Russia, and Belarus.


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