In 2017, Kesko was listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices DJSI World and DJSI Europe. Previously, Kesko was listed on them between 2003 and 2014.
'The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations' list has been published at the World Economic Forum in Davos since 2005. Kesko has been on the list since it was launched. On the list announced in January 2017, Kesko placed 25th. Kesko was, at the same time, the most sustainable trading sector company (Food & Staples Retailing) in the world. The list is prepared by the Canadian Corporate Knights Inc.
In 2017 Kesko received the A– score in CDP’s Climate questionnaire. The companies that achieved the Leadership level (A and A–) were seen to represent best practice to advance environmental stewardship, to thoroughly understand the risks and opportunities related to climate change, as well as to formulate and implement strategies to mitigate or capitalize on these risks and opportunities.
In 2012-2016, Kesko completed the Forests Program questionnaire on the key commodities contributing to deforestation: timber, palm oil, soy and cattle products.
The FTSE4Good Index Series is designed to help investors integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into their investment decisions. The indexes identify companies that better manage ESG risks and are used as a basis for tracker funds, structured products and as a performance benchmark. The ESG Ratings are used by investors who wish to incorporate ESG factors into their investment decision making processes, or as a framework for corporate engagement and stewardship.
As of 2009, Kesko has been included in the FTSE4Good indices. Kesko’s ESG rating in the FTSE4Good Index review of December 2016 was 3.9 (highest 5).
Since 2011, Kesko is included in the STOXX Global ESG Leaders index family, which represents the leading global companies in terms of environmental, social and governance criteria. The index family consists of these three specialised categories and an overall index amalgamating their results.
Kesko is listed in the OMX GES Sustainability Index calculated by NASDAQ OMX in cooperation with GES Investment Services. It is a benchmark index which comprises the leading NASDAQ OMX Copenhagen, Helsinki, Stockholm and Oslo Bors listed companies in terms of sustainability.
Kesko is listed in the OMX GES Sustainability Finland index calculated by NASDAQ OMX and GES Investment Services. It is a benchmark index which comprises the leading NASDAQ OMX Helsinki listed companies in terms of sustainability.
Kesko has been reconfirmed as a constituent in the Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Excellence Europe since 20/09/2017. This selection by Forum ETHIBEL (www.forumethibel.org) indicates that the company performs better than average in its sector in terms of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
Several other assessments have been made of Kesko with the purpose of helping investors and financial service providers implement investment strategies in line with sustainable development.
Kesko is included in the RobecoSAM Sustainability Yearbook 2017 in the Food & Staples Retailing category.
The German oekom research assesses companies based on over 100 environmental and social responsibility criteria. The analyses of oekom research currently affect around €520 billion in assets under management. oekom research has assigned Kesko a prime grade of C+. This means that Kesko ranks among the world's best companies within the same industry.