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Global Sustainability Competitiveness Index

Sustainable competitiveness is the ability to generate and sustain inclusive wealth without diminishing the future capability of sustaining or increasing current wealth levels.

A comprehensive measurement of the competitiveness of countries, based on latest data and trend of 190 quantitative indicators – grouped into the dimensions that makes a country successfull: natural capital, resource efficiency, social capital, and governance performance. Read more…

GDP and current competitiveness measuring is insufficient to reflect the real performance of a country and for policy decison making. The Global Sustainable Competitiveness Index and its methodology are a better reflection of competitiveness and can serve as tool for policy making and priorisation. Read more…

The GSCI is based on 190 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…

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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.

Measuring Green Growth: GDP vs Sustainable Competitiveness
The wealth of nations is commonly expressed in “Gross Domestic Product” (GDP) or “Gross National Income” (GNI), accounted for in a monetary value. GDP and GNI are composed of the economic output or income of a country, which is composed of financial transactions in exchange for goods and services.

However, economic activities have certain adverse side-effects on the natural environment, resources, and on the socio-cultural and socio-economic fabric of a society. In addition, natural resources are not renewable and many vital resources – water, energy, but also certain minerals and metals – are scarce (or are set to become scarce goods in the near/medium future). Yet none of these adverse effects, external, or “non-financial” aspects are factored into the commonly expression of wealth of Nations, the GDP. In other words – the GDP is a very limited expression of a national balance sheet.

GDP growth rates and changes in growth rates are often used as an indicator for an economy’s well-being and development. However, due to the lack of integrating all aspects of development drivers – natural resources, efficiency, innovation capabilities and social cohesion – the GDP describes a moment in time. Current GDP levels therefore have limited informative value relating to the future potential of achieving and sustaining inclusive development and creation of wealth.

The sustainable competitiveness model incorporates all relevant pillars of sustained growth and wealth creation of a nation – natural capital availability, resource intensity, innovation and business capabilities, and social cohesion.

“Sustainable competitiveness is the ability of a country to meet the needs and basic requirements of current generations while sustaining or growing the national and individual wealth into the future without depleting its natural, intellectual and social capital.”

In addition to the full integration of sustainability performance data, the sustainable competitiveness index also analyses and incorporates the data trends over time to allow for a better expression of the future development potential. The results aim at serving as an alternative to the GDP, and to be used to analyse future development prospects of nations.

What people say about the GSCI

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

Gearge Kell
Foremer Executive Director, UN Global Compact