The sustainable competitiveness index


A comprehensive measurement of the competitiveness of nation-states, both now and into the future. Read more...


To measure sustainable success and competitiveness of nations that integrate all three dimensions of sustainable development; the environment, the society, the economy. Read more...


The GSCI is based on 111 measurable and comparable quantitative indicators in order to exclude the subjectiveness of qualitative indicators.  The methodology was originally developed based on frameworks to analyse corporate sustainability. Read more...


Natural Capital: the given natural environment, including the availability of resources, and the level of the depletion of those resources.

Social Capital: health, security, freedom, equality and life satisfaction within a country.

Resource Management: the efficiency of using available resources as a measurement of operational competitiveness in a resource-constraint World.

Intellectual Capital: the capability to generate wealth and jobs through innovation and value-added industries in the globalised markets

Governance Efficiency: Results of core state areas and investments – infrastructure, market and employment structure, the provision of a framework for sustained and sustainable wealth generation


The Sustainable Competitiveness model is developed with a view of the fundamentals that shape the current and the future state (i.e. competitiveness) of a nation-economy. It is based on a competitiveness model that incorporates all relevant pillars of sustained growth and wealth creation of a nation – natural capital availability, resource efficiency, social cohesion, government-led development direction, and innovation and business capabilities. The Sustainable Competitiveness Index also integrates data trends over time to allow for a better expression of future development potential.

Sustainable competitiveness means that current wealth levels are not in danger of being reduced or diminished through over-exploitation of resources (i.e. natural and human resources), the lack of innovative edge required to compete in the globalised markets (i.e. education), or the discrimination, marginalisation or exploitation of segments of a society.

The Global Sustainable Competitiveness Index is a measurement for social, environmental and economic development. Measuring wealth, and prosperity – inclusively.

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The Index
Natural capital
Resource intensity
Social Capital
Intellectual capital
Governance capital

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