The Global Index

2015 Sustainable Competitiveness Index

The Global Sustainable Competiveness Ranking 2015 is topped by Iceland for a second year running, followed by the Scandinavian nations. Key take-aways, some surprising, others not-so-surprising, include:

  • Iceland is leading the Sustainable Competitiveness Index for a second year - the country that refused to bail out its banks in the aftermath of the financial crisis 2007/2008.
  • The Sustainable Competitiveness Index is topped by Scandinavian nations four the 4th consecutive year. The leaders are followed by other North-Western European Nations.
  • The only non-European country in the top 20 are Japan (11), New Zealand (12) and Canada (16)
  • The World’s largest economy, the US, is ranked 41. The UK is ranked 48. Russia is above both on 33.
  • Of the booming emerging economies, Brazil is ranked 24, China 25, South Korea 39, and India 133.
  • The Natural Capital sub-rankings are topped by countries with a rich biodiversity, favourable climate and sufficient water resources. Distinctions are also visible between the more industrialised countries, indicating that some countries will face lower obstacles with the coming raw material and energy scarcity
  • Asian nations (Singapore, South Korea, Japan, and China) lead the Sustainable Innovation Competitiveness ranking. However, achieving sustained prosperity in these countries might be compromised by Natural Capital constraints and current high resource intensity/low resource efficiency
  • The Social Cohesion ranking is headed by Northern European (Scandinavian) countries, indicating that Social Cohesion is the result of economic growth combined with  some sort of social consensus
  • Sovereign bond ratings do not take into account the underlying sustainability factors -they do not fully reflect investor risks.

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The Global Sustainable Competitiveness Report 2015

Sustainable Competitiveness Rankings 2015

The Global Sustainable Competitiveness index is a purely non-commercial project - i.e. does not generate any income. The reason we keep doing this is because sometimes we receive emails like this one:

"My sincere congratulations for pulling together, once again, critical information in a compelling manner. It is to be hoped that policy makers everywhere will read the report."

George Kell
Former Executive Director, UN Global Compact

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Social Capital
Intellectual capital
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