Only small improvements in sustainability

In their yearly study, Oekom-Reserach has analysed 1600 internationally active companies in regards to their sustainability. Only 16.3 percent of companies achieve the “prime status” in the evaluation.

In their international study, Oekom-Reserach has analysed companies from 55 industries in regards to their performance against specific minimum standards and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set up by the United Nations. None of the investigated companies has achieved an A-rating in the evaluation. With eleven firms among the best three of their industry, Germany achieved the third place. Henken (B+), SAP (B), Deutsche Telekom (B) and Lufthansa (C+) have achieved the highest sustainability performance among the German companies evaluated.

With 35.8 percent of companies, more than two thirds show “first although unsystematic approaches” regarding their sustainable development. The industry “Households & Personal Products” performs best with 47.4 of 100 possible points. The automotive industry follows with 44.4. 

The share of as “bad” evaluated companies decreases slightly from 49.7 percent in 2014 to 47.85. Especially oil and gas producers violate sustainable development goals. Every second company in that industry (45.5%) breaks at least one of the UN Global Compact criteria, most often regarding the environment. Looking at corruption, those supplier and service companies of oil and gas companies are the worst performing.