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Country Sustainability Ranking

14-09-2017 | Article

RobecoSAM’s country sustainability ranking: A Yardstick for SDG progress

  • SDGs represent the most ambitious attempt to date to address social, economic, and environmental challenges plaguing world progress.
  • SDGs represent a framework for use by stakeholders including governments, corporations, and investors to identify and address sustainability goals
  • RobecoSAM Country Sustainability analysis specifically address SDG targets
  • Country Sustainability scores support Robeco’s sovereign debt rankings and other investment tools  

Sustainable Development – a brief history of function, features, and flaws

In September 2015, the UN General Assembly officially accepted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of a wider 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2030 Agenda and SDGs form a new global framework for national and international efforts to: eradicate poverty and hunger, fight inequalities, build peaceful and inclusive societies, protect human rights, promote gender equality, conserve natural resources, support sustainable economic growth, and strengthen governance and institutions.1

The SDGs are a set of 17 goals encompassing social, environmental and economic factors with the ultimate aim of improving the stewardship of our planet’s assets while raising the global standard of life and living. Each goal is comprised of specific targets (169 in total) that further define criteria that will measure progress and success.2


1 United Nations - General Assembly: “Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 25 September 2015: 70/1. Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”
2 For a complete list of all 17 SDG goals please visit the UNs Sustainable Development Goals Knowledge Platform at


Max SchielerMax Schieler

Senior Country Risk Specialist

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