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Rating Our Performance

In 2006 we set out to improve further in the key indices of social responsibility. Here are some highlights:

  • Significantly improved our position in the Top 100 table of companies in the last Business in The Community Corporate Responsibility Index from 57th to 24th.
  • Maintained our position in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices.
  • FTSE4Good member.
  • Ranked as a Top 100 company in the Most Sustainable Companies in the World listing by Innovest for a third year.
  • Improved our position in the BiTC Race for Opportunity rankings, and was ranked seventh overall, up from ninth the previous year.

Business in The Community Corporate Responsibility Index

Business in The Community (BiTC) introduced the Corporate Responsibility Index in 2002. The index is a voluntary self-complete survey which benchmarks corporate responsibility performance. In 2005, Pearson rose in the rankings of the top 100 'Companies that Count' with the company score rising from 58% in 2002 to 94.5% in 2005. Results for 2006 will be released in May 2007.

Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

Pearson was included in both the DJSI Global Index and the DJSI STOXX Sustainability Index of European Companies. The DJSI Global Index consists of more than 300 companies representing the top 10% of the largest 2,500 companies in the Dow Jones Global Indexes – based on an assessment against a series of sustainability criteria. The DJSI STOXX Sustainability index tracks the financial performance of the top 20% of European companies drawn from the largest 600 companies in the Euro STOXX index.


In June 2001, FTSE – a joint venture half owned by Pearson and half owned by the London Stock Exchange – introduced the first of a series of 'socially responsible indices' alongside its other financial products. The FTSE4Good Index series is designed for use by retail SRI fund products and for fulfilling institutional mandates. All licensing revenues from FTSE4Good indices are donated to UNICEF.

FTSE4Good excludes certain industries including tobacco and armaments. Companies must pass the FTSE4Good selection criteria relating to environmental sustainability, relationships with stakeholders and upholding and supporting human rights. An independent advisory committee sets the selection criteria. Membership is subject to a bi-annual review. Pearson has been included within the FTSE4Good indices since inception five years ago.

Innovest Strategic Value Advisors

Pearson has been included for the third year in a ranking of the most Sustainable Corporations in the World, released at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2007. The ranking was produced by Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, together with a Toronto-based CSR publisher, Corporate Knights. The Global 100 were selected on the basis of performance and strategic ability to manage their triple bottom line: society, environment, and economy.

Race for Opportunity

Pearson was ranked seventh in the UK's Business in The Community Race for Opportunity 2006 rankings, up from ninth the previous year. The annual ranking aims to benchmark company performance and progress in the race arena, across a variety of criteria including employment, engaging ethnic minority businesses, marketing and inclusive community involvement programmes.

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