oekom country rating
“Sustainability should be the true measure of US creditworthiness“ was the title of the renowned British daily “The Guardian“ in a comment on 15 August 2011. They went on to say that sustainability ratings capture the true potential of states to successfully economise on a long-term basis far better than conventional credit ratings by Standard & Poor‘s and other agencies. The Guardian comment takes up an issue, which is not only discussed ever more intensely among sustainable investors. As is the case regarding shares and corporate bonds, the consideration to social and environmental criteria also gains in significance when purchasing government bonds.
Back in 2001, oekom research developed its country rating which uses uses around 100 individual criteria to evaluate countries’ sustainability-related efficiency. The country ratings are used in investment decisions in well over half the mandates supported by oekom research.