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Measuring Country Intangibles: RobecoSAM’s Country Sustainability Ranking

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This new report by RobecoSAM assesses the sustainability (their ability to "safeguard the needs of its future generations») of the world’s countries by focusing on three dimensions: the environment, the society and the governance.

The country sustainability framework evaluates 59 countries – 21 developed and 38 emerging markets – on a broad range of Environmental (15% of scores), Social (25% of the score) and Governance (60%) factors that the RobecoSAM group considers to be relevant for investors. It consists of 17 indicators, each of which is based on various data series, or sub-indicators. On the methodological level, each indicator is assigned a predefined weight out of the total framework. Based on the standardized scores countries receive for each indicator and its corresponding weight, a country sustainability score ranging from 1-10, with 10 being the highest, is calculated for each country. The resulting scores offer insights into the investment risks and opportunities associated with each country, and allow investors to compare countries to each other.

This report’s results found Sweden (8.25/10) to be the most sustainable country, with it scoring well on all three dimensions while at the other end, was Nigeria (2.51/10). At the 36th place, South Africa is the most sustainable country in the African continent with a score of 5.22.