“Acer’s consecutive inclusion on DJSI’s Emerging Markets Index demonstrates the global recognition of our long-term efforts toward sustainable development for our company and with our stakeholders,” said George Huang, Chairman of Acer Inc. “Not only is Acer committed to sustainable development, we are also focused in promoting a corporate culture based on the Wangdao mindset of altruism that aims to balance the interests of all stakeholders including our shareholders, employees, and customers alike, so that together we may work toward a better environment.”
In recognition of Acer’s contribution toward global social responsibility, the company also continued to be named a constituent of MSCI’s Global Sustainability Indexes for environmental, social and governance (ESG). Acer received an “A” rating in the Technology Hardware, Storage & Peripherals category, and specifically in the conflicting minerals industry management issue, was noted for providing the most comprehensive and complete reporting, and had achieved “a level of transparency unmatched by its other Asian peers.”
Acer’s actions to corporate social sustainability include being a member of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) since 2008, an alliance of the world’s leading ICT companies, whose code of conduct has established standards to ensure working conditions in the electronics industry supply chain are safe, workers are treated with respect and dignity, and business operations are environmentally responsible. In August 2014, Acer achieved ahead of plan its global carbon emissions reduction target for 2015 with the announcement of an initiative to purchase enough green power to offset 100% of its carbon emissions from electricity at all U.S. facilities as part of the EPA Green Power Partner program.
The DJSI is one of the world’s premier sustainability indices that monitor the performance of the world's leading companies in terms of economic, environmental, and social criteria. It assesses various areas, including risk and supply chain management, operational eco-efficiency, product stewardship, human capital development, and occupational health and safety. DJSI is a joint effort of the S&P Dow Jones Indices, one of the world’s leading providers of financial market indices and RobecoSAM, an investment specialist focused exclusively on sustainability investing.
MSCI ESG Research is a leading provider of ESG ratings and analysis to the global investment community, covering more than 5,000 publicly traded companies worldwide. Acer ranked in the top quartile relative to industry peers in the Technology Hardware, Storage, and Peripherals category.