AU Optronics Corp. ("AUO" or the "Company") (TAIEX: 2409; NYSE: AUO) today announced that following its inclusion in Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) for the first time in 2010, the Company has been again named as a member of DJSI World this year, and a member of DJSI Asia/Pacific for three straight years. AUO is currently the only pure TFT-LCD manufacturer worldwide to have held this record, accentuating the Company's presence as one of the leading sustainability-driven companies in the world.
The DJSI assesses the sustainability performance of companies in their economic, environmental, and social dimensions. AUO stood out as one of the 342 DJSI World components out of the world's 2,500 largest companies evaluated. Among all 57 sectors of DJSI World, AUO is categorized under the Computer Hardware & Electronic Office Equipment (THQ) sector. The Company has headed the THQ sector for two consecutive years.
Noteworthy is that amid the more stringent criteria in the 2011 DJSI assessment, where special focus has been devoted to the integration of sustainability issues, AUO managed to achieve the “best scores” compared to its industry peers in terms of criteria including innovation management, climate strategy, environmental policy/management system, environmental reporting, hazardous substances, human capital development, and talent attraction & retention. This highlights AUO's persistent efforts and commitment to running an innovative, green and sustainable enterprise.
Since the inception of “AUO Green Solutions” in 2008, AUO has been a dedicated practitioner of green and sustainable operations. In 2011 alone, the Company has garnered numerous recognitions including the world's first LEED Platinum-Certified high-tech facility, the world's first manufacturer to have obtained ISO 50001 Certification, the only company in the global TFT-LCD industry to have received A+ certificate in CSR Report for four straight years, and a top 100 green companies in China for two consecutive years. In the future, the Company will continue to create long-term shareholder value by proactively fulfilling its responsibilities as a sustainable global enterprise, ensuring win-win outcomes that benefit its business, customers and environment.
Launched in 1999, the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes are the first global indexes tracking the CSR performance of leading companies worldwide and are now some of the most important globally-accepted indicators in reviewing corporate sustainability. The Indexes serve as a driving force to companies in fulfilling their corporate citizenship and offer benchmarks in corporate sustainability for global investors.