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60% of Israel’s business sector participated in the Maala CSR Index 2011

Posted: Wednesday 20 July 11, 10.10am GMT

85 leading companies participated in the Maala Index 2011, which represents up to 60% of the business sector’s output for Israel.

Maala unveiled the results of its 2011 CSR Index at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange 5 June 2011. The Index includes public companies traded on the TASE as well as local branches of multinationals such as: Intel, Microsoft, HP, Siemens SAP, P&G, Unilever, Motorola, Coca Cola and others.

A social-environmental snapshot of the Israeli economy, as revealed by the 2011 Index:

  • 62% of manufacturers have set goals for waste reduction, water and electricity conservation.
  • 94% of participating companies are addressing environmental issues.
  • Among participating companies, 7% of employees are from the Arab sector, while only 1.1% employ people with disabilities.
  • 84% of the companies educate their employees about sexual harassment in the workplace.
  • Among 40% of companies, less than 1/3 of the board of directors is composed of independent board members, as per government recommendations.
  • Only 12% of board members are women.
  • 76% of top income earners at the companies are men.
  • Only 24 out of the 85 companies ranked publish corporate social and environmental responsibility reports.

The 2011 Maala Index reveals a continuing upswing in the adoption of CSR principles by Israel’s most prominent companies, with 12 new participating companies in 2011 and 15 more set to join in 2012. The purpose of the Index is to encourage companies to integrate social and environmental goals into their business models.

Maala CEO Momo Mahadav:

The Maala Index is a tool for integrating social and environmental values into the workings of the economy’s most prominent companies. Many of the standards in the Index have been adopted by the companies and are contributing to the creation of healthier organizations.

Mahadav added: “The results of the 2011 Index indicate a positive trend in the adoption of social and environmental responsibility principles among Israeli companies. The combined score of 18 participating companies improved this year by over 10%. However, the process of internalizing change is one that takes place over the long term. The challenge for 2012 is to move from formulating policies and procedures toward implementation.”

Participation in the Maala Index is up 15% from last year, including private firms, public-sector companies and publicly-traded companies. Among them: Israel Electric Corporation, Arab Israel Bank, Gadot Group, Micron Semiconductor Israel, BMC Software and Ten Petroleum Company.

The companies participating in the Index are public and private firms with an annual turnover above NIS 320 million, and which are included in B&D Israel, BDi or TASE lists. Companies are scored and given one of 3 possible rankings: Platinum, Gold or Silver.

Participating companies are asked to submit data regarding their activities as they relate to: ethics, community investment, environment, corporate governance and workplace. The Index gives special consideration to issues of transparency, such as: publication of ethical codes, philanthropic policy and CSR reporting. Companies’ reports are signed by their CEO, and cross-referenced with financial reports and additional quantitative assessments.

Data submitted by participating companies is analyzed by Greeneye, the Israeli representative of EIRIS, in consultation with S&P Maalot, based on models developed by McKinsey Israel and overseen by Ernst & Young.

Based on the 2011 Index, companies with strong performance in CSR will be grouped into an investment tool on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.

The Maala Index is completely voluntary. Participating companies choose to report their activities and expose their data without being required to do so by law. Maala welcomes additional companies who wish to participate in the Index in the future.




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