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IÖW/future-Ranking of Sustainability Reports

The ranking of sustainability reports is a joint project of the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW) and the business initiative future e.V. – verantwortung unternehmen. Since 1994 the biannual IÖW/future-ranking has been evaluating the societal reporting of major German companies. Based on a comprehensive set of social, environmental, managementand communication-related criteria it compiles a ranking of the best reporters. Since 2009 the IÖW/future ranking is accompanied by an independent evaluation of the reports of German small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).


IÖW/future Ranking 2009: Sustainability Reporting of German Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

Sustainability reporting has recently become an important topic for a broad range of German small and medium-sized enterprises. The IÖW/future-ranking assessed and compared the quality of 46 reports and extended environmental statements. It came to the conclusion that SME need not shy away from the competition with sustainability reports from large companies. Added to this is a key difference to large companies: While the reporting majors are strongly driven by public pressure to demonstrate their legitimacy, SMEs report less out of a sense of accountability but rather when they “have something to say”.

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IÖW/future-Ranking Report 2009 published

The report "IÖW/future Ranking of Sustainability Reports 2009: Results and Trends" is now available for download. Read the latest trends in German sustainability reporting
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IÖW/future-Ranking 2009: ...and the winners are:

A long-established German corporate group and a pioneer of the environmental sector have been distinguished as the best reporters in an evaluation of over one hundred German corporate sustainability reports carried out by the Berlin based Institute for Ecological Economy Research and the business initiative “Future”.
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Criteria and evaluation method of the IÖW/future-Ranking

The updated criteria and evaluation methods of the IÖW/future ranking are now available for Download (Version 2009). You can find the complete set of criteria for large companies as well as for small and medium sized companies here (pdf).

IÖW and future

The Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW) is a leading scientific institute in the field of practice oriented sustainability research. www.ioew.de/en

Future e.V. is an initiative for sustainable businesses that pursue the goal of building sustainable structures for the future and combining business thinking with the requirements for sustainable economic activity. www.future-ev.de


The IÖW/future-Ranking 2011 was supported by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE).

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