PARIS LA DÉFENSE. 03 October 2017. This year, for the first time, Thales has been ranked by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index as the company with the most advanced corporate responsibility policy in the aerospace and defence sector. The result is an endorsement of Thales’s ambitious policy of responsible social, environmental and ethical governance and recognises its many years of engagement with these issues, in particular as a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact.

The Dow Jones Sustainability Index assesses the extra-financial performance of companies based on about 100 different criteria such as environmental stewardship, human resources management, corporate governance, human rights and corruption prevention. Developed by RobecoSAM in partnership with Standard & Poor’s Dow Jones, it is considered by investors to be one of the most demanding assessments of extra-financial performance in the world. In 2017, thirty French companies from all sectors were selected to be part of the index.

Thales’s No. 1 ranking among aerospace and defence companies worldwide reflects its excellent scores for environmental and social performance (83% and 82% respectively) in particular.

Also in 2017, for the sixth consecutive year, Thales achieved Global Compact Advanced level under the Global Compact Differentiation Programme, which evaluates companies on the basis of 21 specific criteria and constitutes the highest international standard of sustainability performance and reporting. Thales is one of just 527 companies worldwide (out of a total of 12,000 members) to have achieved Global Compact Advanced level.