Bezons, November 29th, 2017 – Worldline, [Euronext: WLN] European leader in the payments and transactional services industry, has been once again recognized for the transparency of its extra-financial information and its outstanding performance regarding sustainability matters by moving up 2 positions in the Gaïa Index’s TOP 10 highest-rated companies. The Gaïa Index standards enable the assessment of listed medium-sized companies’ extra-financial performance and provide financial analysts with a reference tool to support their socially responsible investment (SRI) decisions.
Ranked 7th this year in the overall Gaïa Index ranking of a panel composed of 230 assessed companies, Worldline confirms its strong leadership in regards to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) related matters. Worldline has also been ranked 7th in the category of businesses with more than 500M€ turnover.
Worldline has achieved its most significant performance improvement in the Gaïa Index in the social area, especially through its successful skills development strategy, its ambitious well-being at work program and its high involvement in diversity and equal opportunities related challenges.
Worldline has also improved and reinforced its stakeholder engagement approach, especially towards its suppliers thanks to its responsible procurement policy that aims to promote responsible behaviors and practices throughout its value chain.
In 2016, Worldline confirmed its ambition to be a recognized leader in terms of its commitment to sustainability by launching “TRUST 2020”, its long-term CSR program that aims to put trust at the heart of its ecosystem and to create sustainable value for all of its stakeholders. The first results achieved as part of this ambitious program concretely and clearly reflect the strong progress momentum in which Worldline is involved and demonstrate the full mobilization of the company to improve its CSR performance. The progress achieved through the “TRUST 2020” program has been widely recognized and rewarded by major extra-financial rating agencies in the last months and this new prize awarded by the Gaïa Rating once again reinforces Worldline’s credibility regarding CSR topics.
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