the global sustainable competitiveness index

Searching for an alternative and inclusive measurment of  sustainable wealth

It is now more than 20 years ago that the Brundtland Commission formulated the definition of sustainable development in the run-up to the Rio 92’ summit: “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. While there is some controversy surrounding this definition – in particular the definition of “needs” – the definition is widely accepted and often quoted.

However, there is no agreed model to comprehensively measure sustainability of nations, i.e. a model that integrates economic and sustainability (financial and “non-financial” performance) – the sustainable competitiveness of a country.

The Global Sustainable Competitiveness Index scores and ranks more than 170 countries globally  according to their capability to sustain or increase wealth in a resource-constraint, globalised world.

The Index was first developed and published in 2012 by SolAvis parent organisation, Korea-based sustainability consultancy SolAbility. The index is based on a competitiveness model that incorporates all aspects required to sustain wealth, the environment, and social cohesion.

The four main pillars of the model are:


  • natural capital (the availability of natural resources),
  • resource efficiency (as a measurement of industrial competitiveness),

  • sustainable innovation capabilities (as a measurement of the capability to sustain economic activities in a competitive global market)

  • and social cohesion (the foundations of smooth operations and secure investments).


The definition of competitiveness of nations is a controversially discussed issue, unfortunately and too often impaired by ideological  prejudice or economic theories developed in a aseptic theoretical environment.  The Sustainable Competitiveness Index aims at contributing to the discussion of what policies can help a country to identify and develop suitable development models adapted to its special characteristics in order to achieve sustainable and inclusive wealth creation.






Sustainable Competitiveness

Natural Capital

Resource Intensity

Sustainable Innovation Capability

Social Cohesion


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