Sweden emerges as sole leader again

Sweden emerges as sole leader again

19-12-2018 | Article

Country Sustainability Ranking Update November 2018: No drastic changes in rankings, but new risks emerging

  • Max Schieler
    Senior SI Country Analyst

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  • Sweden leads a stable top trio
  • Winds of change in Brazil
  • Arab democracy deficit
  • Growing climate risks

Sweden remains the most sustainable country in the world, again followed by Denmark and Switzerland, according to RobecoSAM’s latest Country Sustainability Ranking Update. In addition to an overall ranking and rankings for the individual indicators examined, the November 2018 Update provides in-depth insights into the investment risks and opportunities associated with each country.

Overall, the latest update does not show any drastic changes in the rankings. While the Scandinavian countries and Switzerland have consolidated their leading positions on account of their balanced and robust sustainability profile across all three ESG dimensions, the emerging giants India and China remain in the bottom 10.

With respect to emerging risks, spreading populism is found to potentially shape various countries’ ESG profiles more significantly going forward, with signs of this already becoming apparent in some of the governance indicators. In addition, with the apparent intensification of climate-related risks, financial burdens on disaster-hit countries are likely to increase in the future with adverse implications for their sovereign credit profiles and capital costs. This, too, is expected to be reflected in future rankings.


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