Benchmark efficiencies

As mentioned before, the benchmark defines the hurdle your company has to overcome in order to generate a positive Sustainable Value.

This logic derives from financial markets analysis, where the market average return is often used as a benchmark. On financial markets, if an investment yields 5% and the market return is only 3%, the investment beats the benchmark and has earned its opportunity costs. The benchmark thus determines the costs of an alternative investment of the resource capital that is foregone. In a Sustainable Value assessment, the benchmark determines the costs of an alternative use of financial, environmental and social resources.

The benchmarks currently available in the Sustainable Value Calculator are the EU15 and the German economy. In addition, we offer a future performance scenario. In this scenario, we use the German and European performance targets for the year 2010 as benchmark. Data on all indicators of these two benchmarks is publicly available. However, data regarding the use of resources by industries is not publicly available. We are working on gathering this data by performing sector studies in collaboration with companies and associations.

Nevertheless, we believe that a national or European benchmark can be of great interest to all kind of companies as it shows them whether they are contributing to a more sustainable development of Germany or Europe respectively.

Benchmark German national economy for the years 2000 to 2008

This Benchmark allows you to determine whether your company used its resources more or less efficiently than the average company in the German economy in the years 2000 to 2008.

Benchmark German national economy for the years 2000 to 2008
Sources: German statistical yearbook, UNFCC, Employment in Europe Report, Destatis, Eurostat

Benchmark German national economy for the year 2010

This benchmark has been constructed based on political targets for the future economic development of the German economy as well as international environmental treaties and environmental and social trends. Using this benchmark, you will find out whether your company is already efficient enough to meet the political targets set out for Germany.

Benchmark German national economy for the year 2010
Sources: Lisbon Strategy, NEC-Directive, EU Burden Sharing agreement, trend extrapolation, Eurostat
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Benchmark EU15 for the years 2000 to 2008

This Benchmark allows you to determine whether your company used its resources more or less efficiently than the average company in the EU15 during 2000 and 2008.

Benchmark EU15 for the years 2000 to 2008
Sources: EIONET, EEA, UNFCCC, EUROSTAT, Employment in Europe Report
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Benchmark EU15 for the year 2010

This benchmark has been constructed based on political targets for future economic development of the European Union as well as international environmental treaties and environmental and social trends. Using this benchmark, you will find out whether your company is already using resources in a way that is inline with the political performance targets of the EU15 for the year 2010.

Benchmark EU15 for the year 2010
Sources: Lisbon strategy, EU burden sharing agreement, NEC Directive, trend extrapolation, Eurostat, Community strategy on health and safety at work (2002-2006)
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