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oekom research AG is one of the world's leading rating agencies in the area of sustainable investment. Our research insights provide you with a competitive edge, allowing you to blend sustainable and responsible investment (SRI) with a high rate of return. As the experienced partner of numerous institutional investors and financial service providers, we develop tailor-made services and help realize investment strategies in a rapidly growing sector.
Our sustainability research covers major issuers of shares and bonds (companies, countries and supranational institutions). When assessing securities, we attach great importance to high standards in quality, independence and transparency.
Since 1993, oekom research has actively helped to shape the sustainable investment market. Our analysts’ services and expertise are in high demand. Their evaluations provide companies with an astute yardstick and simultaneously fuel their interest in integrating environmental, social and corporate governance concerns into day-to-day management.
oekom Corporate Responsibility Review 2017
oekom research presents the Corporate Responsibility Review 2017. For the first time ever, the independent sustainability research agency has identified a more than just slightly upwards trend in its latest annual report on sustainable business governance around the globe.
One of the possible reasons for this trend, which is most noticeable in the midfield of the rated businesses, can be seen in the pressure to change and the impulses for increased sustainability which are impacting companies from many angles. These include international initiatives such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), national regulations, increasing demands of sustainable capital markets, and a general rise in sustainability awareness. Businesses also need to respond increasingly to transformation processes in the economy, e.g. decarbonization in the energy sector, and e-mobility in the automobiles industry. The study shows clearly that not all industries are equally well prepared to face these opportunities and challenges. Consequently, there is still considerable room for improvement, with industry having a long way to go before it can speak of holistic sustainability.
Despite Brexit and Trump: Sustainable investment trend remains irreversible
The UK government’s recent announcement of a “hard Brexit” and expected policy changes in the USA are already giving cause for political and economic uncertainty at this early stage in the year. Past endeavours to forge global understanding have gone into reverse, giving rise to fears of national protectionism and increasing exploitation of the environment. More than ever before, the international community must press ahead with the 2016 sustainability goals and their global aim for a shared world, and staunchly commit to enduring sustainability. more...