CHARLOTTE — Duke Energy was named Thursday to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for North America for the 12th consecutive year.

In the electric utility sector, 17 North American companies were evaluated for the index, and five were selected.

“Being listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 12 straight years clearly reflects Duke Energy’s commitment to operating the right way for all stakeholders — especially our customers and communities" said Cari Boyce, Duke Energy's senior vice president, stakeholder strategy and sustainability, and president of Duke Energy Foundation said in a news release. “This recognition also reflects the hard work of our 29,000 employees, who strive to improve our business every day.”

Since 1999, the DJSI has evaluated the sustainability of leading companies worldwide.

In selecting the top performers in each business sector, the DJSI reviews companies on several general and industry-specific topics related to economic, environmental and social dimensions. Among them are corporate governance, innovation management, environmental policy, climate strategy and corporate citizenship.

Duke Energy publishes an annual Sustainability Report that summarizes its efforts to advance energy efficiency, develop renewable energy, reduce emissions and more.

The 2016 report is available online at: http://sustainabilityreport.duke-energy.com.