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'Social capitalists': 30 countries leading the world in ESG growth

A study recently published Aberdeen Standard Investments, attempts to measure how societies are balancing economic and environmental, social and governance concerns.

Every country has its unique strengths and weaknesses – doubly so when it comes to the interplay between economic growth and environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors.

A study recently published Aberdeen Standard Investments, Social Capitalism: Taking a Wider View of National Progress, attempts to measure how societies are balancing these two concerns while accounting for differing levels of development.

It scores and ranks countries for 2017 based on how far per capita GDP growth and living standards have exceeded expectations over the last five years, as well as their performance in respect of UN Sustainable Development aligned ESG goals.

Jeremy Lawson, head of the ASI Research Institute, said: 'Not only have the vast majority of developing countries converged on US and broader developed country living standards over the past decade but in many cases this has been accompanied by strong progress on sustainable development objectives as well.

'This shows that the supposed trade-off between strong economies and strong societies to be a false one.'

Read on to see the top 30 'social capitalists' identified in the report.

 

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Every country has its unique strengths and weaknesses – doubly so when it comes to the interplay between economic growth and environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors.

A study recently published Aberdeen Standard Investments, Social Capitalism: Taking a Wider View of National Progress, attempts to measure how societies are balancing these two concerns while accounting for differing levels of development.

It scores and ranks countries for 2017 based on how far per capita GDP growth and living standards have exceeded expectations over the last five years, as well as their performance in respect of UN Sustainable Development aligned ESG goals.

Jeremy Lawson, head of the ASI Research Institute, said: 'Not only have the vast majority of developing countries converged on US and broader developed country living standards over the past decade but in many cases this has been accompanied by strong progress on sustainable development objectives as well.

'This shows that the supposed trade-off between strong economies and strong societies to be a false one.'

Read on to see the top 30 'social capitalists' identified in the report.

 

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30. United Kingdom

Combined score: 0.5

  • Per capita growth: 1.4 (rank 81)
  • Growth residual: 0.8 (rank 86)
  • ESG residual: 10.2 (rank 18)

Rank 2011: 32

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29. Nepal

Combined score: 0.5

  • Per capita growth: 2.8 (rank 45)
  • Growth residual: 1.9 (rank 56)
  • ESG residual: 6.1 (rank 37)

Rank 2011: 32

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28. Sri Lanka

Combined score: 0.5

  • Per capita growth: 3.3 (rank 34)
  • Growth residual: 2.2 (rank 48)
  • ESG residual: 5.2 (rank 40)

Rank 2011: 23

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27. Croatia

Combined score: 0.5

  • Per capita growth: 1.7 (rank 71)
  • Growth residual: 2.4 (rank 44)
  • ESG residual: 4.6 (rank 43)

Rank 2011: 73

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26. Portugal

Combined score: o.5

  • Per capita growth: 1.5 (rank 77)
  • Growth residual: 0.4 (rank 100)
  • ESG residual: 12.5 (rank 8)

Rank 2011: 77

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25. Panama

Combined score: 0.6

  • Per capita growth: 4.3 (rank 17)
  • Growth residual: 2.8 (rank 31)
  • ESG residual: 3.8 (rank 49)

Rank 2011: 16

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24. Hungary

Combined score: 0.6

  • Per capita growth: 3.3 (rank 33)
  • Growth residual: 3 (rank 27)
  • ESG residual: 3.3 (rank 51)

Rank 2011: 103

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23. Benin

Combined score: 0.6

  • Per capita growth: 2.7 (rank 46)
  • Growth residual: 1.9 (rank 60)
  • ESG residual: 7.8 (rank 33)

Rank 2011: 92

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22. Tanzania

Combined score: 0.6

  • Per capita growth: 4 (rank 23)
  • Growth residual: 3.1 (rank 26)
  • ESG residual: 3.2 (rank 52)

Rank 2011: 24

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21. Bulgaria

Combined score: 0.7

  • Per capita growth: 3.2 (rank 39)
  • Growth residual: 3.4 (rank 23)
  • ESG residual: 2.9 (rank 57)

Rank 2011: 31

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20. Philippines

Combined score: 0.7

  • Per capita growth: 4.8 (rank 13)
  • Growth residual: 4 (rank 16)
  • ESG residual: 0.8 (rank 72)

Rank 2011: 48

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19. Burkina Faso

Combined score: 0.7

  • Per capita growth: 2.1 (rank 66)
  • Growth residual: 1.5 (rank 66)
  • ESG residual: 10.6 (rank 17)

Rank 2011: 27

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18. Poland

Combined score: 0.7

  • Per capita growth: 3.2 (rank 38)
  • Growth residual: 2.6 (rank 37)
  • ESG residual: 6.6 (rank 35)

Rank 2011: 11

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17. Slovenia

Combined score: 0.7

  • Per capita growth: 2.3 (rank 61)
  • Growth residual: 1.9 (rank 57)
  • ESG residual: 9.9 (rank 22)

Rank 2011: 37

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16. Togo

Combined score: 0.7

  • Per capita growth: 2.7 (rank 47)
  • Growth residual: 3.2 (rank 25)
  • ESG residual: 5.3 (rank 39)

Rank 2011: 41

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15. Nicaragua

Combined score: 0.7

  • Per capita growth: 3.6 (rank 27)
  • Growth residual: 3.5 (rank 22)
  • ESG residual: 4.2 (rank 47)

Rank 2011: 42

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14. Kyrgyzstan

Combined score: 0.8

  • Per capita growth: 4 (rank 21)
  • Growth residual: 3.8 (rank 17)
  • ESG residual: 2.9 (rank 58)

Rank 2011: 26

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13. Mongolia

Combined score: 0.8

  • Per capita growth: 4.2 (rank 18)
  • Growth residual: 4.3 (rank 9)
  • ESG residual: 1.2 (rank 67)

Rank 2011: 3

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12. Sweden

Combined score: 0.8

  • Per capita growth: 1.6 (rank 75)
  • Growth residual: 1.1 (rank 77)
  • ESG residual: 13.8 (rank 4)

Rank 2011: 59

 

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11. Estonia

Combined score: 0.8

  • Per capita growth: 2.5 (rank 51)
  • Growth residual: 2.5 (rank 40)
  • ESG residual: 8.5 (rank 29)

Rank 2011: 83

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10. Rwanda

Combined score: 0.8

  • Per capita growth: 3.5 (rank 29)
  • Growth residual: 2.4 (rank 45)
  • ESG residual: 1o (rank 19)

Rank 2011: 10

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9. Niger

Combined score: 0.8

  • Per capita growth: 4.5 (rank 16)
  • Growth residual: 2.1 (rank 51)
  • ESG residual: 11.2 (rank 15)

Rank 2011: 21

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8. Ireland

Combined score: 0.8

  • Per capita growth: 4.5 (rank 16)
  • Growth residual: 2.1 (rank 51)
  • ESG residual: 11 (rank 16)

Rank 2011: 118

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7. Senegal

Combined score: 0.9

  • Per capita growth: 2.9 (rank 42)
  • Growth residual: 2.3 (rank 46)
  • ESG residual: 11.6 (rank 12)

Rank 2011: 68

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6. Costa Rica

Combined score: 0.9

  • Per capita growth: 2.4 (rank 54)
  • Growth residual: 1.5 (rank 64)
  • ESG residual: 14.9 (rank 2)

Rank 2011: 13

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5. Democratic Republic of Congo

Combined score: 0.9

  • Per capita growth: 3.4 (rank 32)
  • Growth residual: 4.6 (rank 8)
  • ESG residual: 3.1 (rank 55) 

Rank 2011: 8

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4. Ivory Coast

Combined score: 1.1

  • Per capita growth: 6.3 (rank 4)
  • Growth residual: 5.8 (rank 5)
  • ESG residual: 1.1 (rank 68)

Rank 2011: 130

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3. Georgia

Combined score: 1.1

  • Per capita growth: 3.8 (rank 24)
  • Growth residual: 5.7 (rank 6)
  • ESG residual: 1.8 (rank 64) 

Rank 2011: 4

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2. Lithuania

Combined score: 1.1

  • Per capita growth: 4.1 (rank 19)
  • Growth residual: 4.2 (rank 12)
  • ESG residual: 8 (rank 32) 

Rank 2011: 19

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1. Latvia

Combined score: 1.1

  • Per capita growth: 3.7 (rank 25)
  • Growth residual: 4.2 (rank 11)
  • ESG residual: 8.8 (rank 27)

Rank 2011: 35

 

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