MUNICH, PARIS and NEW YORK, April 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --
In its latest report on global sustainability in corporate management, independent sustainability research agency oekom research has identified a more than just slightly upwards trend.
While the share of companies in the top group with good or very good sustainability performance remained relatively stable compared to last year (16.29 percent in 2015, rising to just over 16.5 percent in 2016), the share of companies in the midfield with at least rudimentary sustainability management systems, rose from 35.86 percent in 2015 to 40.15 percent today. However, the majority of companies - at 43.31 percent - continues to show inadequate commitment in the area of sustainability, a value which has nevertheless fallen almost ten percent over the past four years.
The industry ranking is headed by the Automobiles and Household & Personal Products industries, even though they are still far from achieving a top score. With values of respectively 46.5 and 44.7 points on a scale from 0 to 100 points, they remain below the midway mark. In the ranking of countries with the highest numbers of best-placed businesses, France leads (with 16 companies), followed by Germany (12) and the UK (11); these are followed by the USA and Sweden (both 6), the Netherlands (5) and Japan (4).
The evaluations relate to around 1,600 internationally active businesses whose headquarters are situated in industrialised countries. It is available at:
About oekom research AG
oekom research AG is one of the world's leading rating agencies for sustainable investments. The agency analyses businesses and countries with respect to their environmental and social performance. oekom research's analyses currently influence around USD 1.5 trillion assets under management.
Dieter Niewierra, Director Communications
SOURCE oekom research AG