Norway – the world’s most sustainable country

Norway – the world’s most sustainable country

30-12-2019 | Article

Scandinavia continues to dominate sustainability rankings, lead this time by Norway. All top-performing countries have robust, well-balanced sustainability profiles across all three ESG dimensions and have displayed continuously strong sustainability performance since we established our country ESG database in 2006.

Speed read

  • Nordics dominate country sustainability rankings
  • Anti-government backlash in South America 
  • Hong Kong shaken by ongoing turmoil 
  • Strong governance linked with lower public debt

The Nordic 4 along with Switzerland maintain their strong position thanks to leadership in governance, innovation, human capital, and environmental indicators. Elsewhere on the globe, resurgent discontent and waves of protests mark this year’s geopolitical landscape. From the Americas to Europe, governance and democratic institutions are under increasing pressure from populist forces. Meanwhile, Hong Kong fears its institutions, governance, and democracy are threatened by forces of a different kind.

Geopolitical developments along with other sustainability indicators are absorbed and reflected in the country ESG scores and rankings presented in this report.

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