· Amadeus has scored the highest amongst peers in our sector, becoming the leader for the Support Services sector
· The company enters both the European and World indexes
21 September 2012: Amadeus, a leading travel technology partner and transaction processor for the global travel and tourism industry, will debut on Monday September 24 on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) in both the DJSI-World and DJSI-Europe sub-indexes.
Amadeus is ranked within the Support Services sector. Out of the 57 companies invited to participate in this sector, only 12 members are ultimately selected and Amadeus is the absolute leader of the sector with a score of 82 points. Amadeus achieved the highest scores in the following categories: Economic and Social Dimension of its business, Compliance with Codes of Conduct, Environmental Policy/Management System, Labour Practice Indicators and Human Rights, and Talent Attraction and Retention.
"Amadeus' ambitions within Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainability are gradually and visibly to improve our contribution to society. We are doing this by engaging the resources that make Amadeus unique: our people and their talent, our technological capabilities and our expertise in the global travel industry, whilst working in partnerships that make a real difference. Being included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index is a clear indication that we are making substantial progress in this important area", commented Svend Leirvaag, Vice President, Industry Affairs, Amadeus.
“Recognition of our status by such a credible organisation as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, with such a large and growing following of investors globally, is a very welcome reward for our commitment. We look forward to attracting new and like-minded long-term investors who share our socially conscious and sustainable business philosophy” commented Ana de Pro, Amadeus’ Chief Financial Officer (CFO). “In particular we are very satisfied to be confirmed as the leader in the worldwide Support Services sector. In business terms, this both justifies and re-enforces our existing strategy: a socially conscious business approach brings long-term rewards to investors, customers, suppliers and employees.”
Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes were launched jointly by Dow Jones Index, STOXX and Sustainable Asset Management (SAM) in 1999. DJSI was the first index that traces social responsibility performance of leading-edge enterprises, and is also one of the most credible evaluation tools for reviewing sustainability worldwide. Companies ranked on the DJSI are selected from the largest 2,500 companies by free-float market capitalisation around the world, with only 340 qualifying as global components. The index is comprised of companies across all industries in 58 sectors that outperform their peers in numerous sustainability metrics.
Currently around 6 billion USD are invested in DJSI-based investment vehicles, including mutual funds, separate accounts, and notes, as well as exchange traded funds (ETF), in 15 countries worldwide.
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Notes to the editors
Amadeus is a leading transaction processor and provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel and tourism industry.
Customer groups include travel providers (e.g. airlines, hotels, rail, ferries, etc.), travel sellers (travel agencies and websites), and travel buyers (corporations and individual travellers).
The group operates a transaction-based business model and processed more than 947 million billable travel transactions in 2011.
Amadeus has central sites in Madrid (corporate headquarters), Nice (development) and Erding (operations – data processing centre) and regional offices in Miami, Buenos Aires, Bangkok and Dubai. At a market level, Amadeus maintains customer operations through 73 local Amadeus Commercial Organisations covering 195 countries.
Amadeus is listed on the Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia stock exchanges and trades under the symbol “AMS.MC”. For the year ended December 31, 2011 the company reported like-for-like revenues of €2,712 million and EBITDA of €1,039 million. The Amadeus group employs around 10,000 people worldwide, with 123 nationalities represented at the central offices.
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