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11 Sep 2009
Cathay Pacific Included in FTSE4Good Index Series for Meeting; Globally Recognised Corporate Social Responsibility Standards

Cathay Pacific Airways today announced that it has, for the first time, been included in the highly regarded FTSE4Good Index Series, designed to measure the performance of companies that meet globally recognised corporate responsibility standards and to facilitate investment in those companies.

FTSE4Good, managed by the FTSE Group based in London, compiles global responsible investment indices by selecting companies that meet strict criteria relating to corporate responsibility on environmental and social issues. In order to be included in the list, companies are selected to complete a detailed questionnaire covering the management of their sustainability impacts.

The FTSE Group confirmed that following its semi-annual FTSE4Good Index Series review a total of 33 companies globally, including Cathay Pacific, will be added to the series while 15 companies will be removed from the responsible-investment benchmark, now in its eighth year.

Cathay Pacific's inclusion in the 2009 Index Series is the result of the airline's increased efforts on the corporate social responsibility front, including much more transparent reporting of its management of sustainability impacts and the provision of clearer guidelines through the company's overall Code of Conduct and its separate codes of conduct for corporate governance and suppliers.

Cathay Pacific Director Corporate Affairs Quince Chong said: "We are honoured to be included in the prestigious FTSE4Good Index Series along with other major companies from around the world. At Cathay Pacific we remain committed to ensuring that our management of sustainability is in line with international best practices, and our inclusion in this index clearly demonstrates our ongoing commitment in this area. We will work hard to ensure our continued compliance with the FTSE4Good standards."

The Cathay Pacific 2008 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, published in July this year, achieved the top A+ rating in the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines, an internationally accepted benchmark for CSR reporting. The airline has further highlighted its commitment to sustainability this year by joining the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group, which is bringing together airlines, manufacturers and environmental organisations to develop sustainable biofuels for the industry.