Dow Jones Sustainability Index Recognizes Entergy’s Action Plan for Creating Sustainable Value
NEW ORLEANS – Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) has earned a place on the 2019 Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index, one of just four U.S. companies in the index’s Electric Utilities sector named to the list. According to a press release, Entergy is the only U.S. electric utility in the sector to be included on the index for 18 consecutive years.
“As we work to become the premier utility, we are honored to be recognized by the DJSI for the actions taken not only to advance our core business of providing safe, reliable, affordable and increasingly clean energy to our customers, but also to create sustainable value for our customers, employees, communities and owners,” said Leo Denault, Entergy’s chairman and CEO. “Sustainability helps ensure that every decision we make as a business not only serves the needs of one stakeholder but benefits all. This index acknowledges Entergy’s solid foundation and forward-thinking strategy for a bright, sustainable future.”
The DJSI evaluates the sustainability of leading companies worldwide. The North America Index tracks the performance of the top 20-percent of the 600 largest North American companies in the S&P Global Broad Market Index that lead the field in sustainable business practices. Only companies that excel in developing and implementing long-term economic, environmental and social strategies and actions are included on the index. Entergy earned perfect scores in the areas of materiality, policy influence, climate strategy, water-related risks, and corporate citizenship & philanthropy and top decile performance in the areas of corporate governance, codes of business conduct, transmission & distribution, and labor practice indicators.
Learn more about Entergy’s sustainable business practices by reviewing “When does 1 = more?,” the company’s integrated report that summarizes its economic, environmental and social performance for the year. Some of the 2018 highlights include:
- Entergy’s sustainability strategy helps attain the global objectives of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including No Poverty, Affordable and Clean Energy, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Industry Innovation and Infrastructure, and Climate Action.
- The company provides power at some of the lowest average retail rates in the country.
- A $900 million investment in advanced metering systems will provide customers faster outage restoration, enhanced customer service, cost savings and more control over energy use.
- Entergy is nationally recognized as one of the Top 10 utilities for supporting economic growth.
- With an estimated 25-percent of customers living at or below the poverty level, Entergy’s low-income customer assistance initiatives are helping drive economic self-sufficiency.
- The company contributed nearly $18 million in shareholder-funded grants to more than 2,000 local nonprofit organizations to ensure the communities we serve remain healthy and vibrant.
- Entergy is helping create jobs across the region through a five-year, $5 million workforce development initiative. Since its launching, 87 companies located within the company’s service area and almost 10,000 permanent new jobs were created.
- Company employees and retirees donated nearly 112,000 volunteer hours helping others, generating more than $3.5 million in economic impact to local communities, helping earn Entergy national recognition as one of the top 50 most community-minded companies in the country.
- The company is acquiring, retaining and developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of its communities to meet today’s business needs and to prepare for the workplace of tomorrow.
- The company is an industry leader in helping drive U.S. greenhouse gas emission reductions. Ranked fifth among the 20 largest privately- or investor-owned power producers in the United States, Entergy is the fourth lowest in carbon dioxide emissions.
- Entergy continues to raise the bar on environmental responsibility. Its new pledge is to reduce its utility carbon emission rate to 50-percent below year 2000 levels by 2030.
- The company also recently announced new clean generation resources to be added between 2022 and 2030, including approximately 3,500 to 4,000 of renewable potential.
Supporting information on sustainability at Entergy can be found atentergy.com/sustainability and in the company’s renewed environmental commitment, “Climate Scenario Analysis and Evaluation of Risks and Opportunities.” Learn more about this year’s Dow Jones Sustainability Index here.