PRN: oekom research: 2016 Annual Review of Corporate Environmental and Social Responsibility

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oekom research: 2016 Annual Review of Corporate Environmental and Social Responsibility


MUNICH, March 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

In its 2016 Corporate Responsibility Review, independent sustainability rating agency, oekom research, sees only slow progress in the areas of corporate environmental and social responsibility. An opportunity to improve sustainability performance could lie in the UN-endorsed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) if these are grasped as guiding principles for more sustainability management.

Only just over 16 per cent of the companies worldwide fulfil oekom research's minimum requirements for sustainability management and performance and were thus awarded oekom Prime Status in 2015. At almost 36 per cent, just over one third of the companies have begun adopting an initial commitment to sustainability. Conversely, the proportion of companies rated as "poor" continued to fall slightly - from around 50 per cent in 2014 to just under 48 per cent today.

In the sector comparison of the companies, household-product producers performed best with a score of 47.4 on a scale from 0 (worst) to 100 (best). Those at the bottom of the sector ranking included insurance companies, the construction and real estate industry, oil, gas and retailing, and the logistics industry, with scores of between 20 and 25 points.

"The results of our annual review show that there is still a long way to go before we can truly talk about sustainability being embraced by the economy," comments oekom research CEO, Robert Haßler.

Since 2009, the oekom Corporate Responsibility Review has been reporting annually on global corporate responsibility. The evaluations refer to around 1,600 large, internationally active companies based in industrialised countries, and are a subset of the 3,700-plus companies contained in the entire oekom research Universe.

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Dieter Niewierra, Director Communications

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