Earth Security Index 2016: Business Diplomacy for Sustainable Development (2016)

The Earth Security Index provides leaders in business, government and society with a way to assess forces and scenarios that can shape a country’s development challenges, including water insecurity, water pollution, water virtual imports, and more.

Primary Functions

  • Find an eye-opening approach to sustainable growth in the countries where your company operates.
  • Find guidance for ways in which policy-makers can engage companies and learn about opportunities for strategic partnerships around key issues.

Detailed Description


The Earth Security Index is a visual data framework, mapping converging pressures along social, environmental, governance and energy dimensions for countries. It provides leaders in business, government and society with a way to assess a complex set of forces and scenarios that are shaping a country’s development challenges. The 2016 version of the diagram visualises the performance of countries across 24 issues. Higher scores represent higher levels of pressure. A visual benchmark highlights those dimensions whose scores exceed values of 50%.

The operating context for resource-intensive industries is becoming more complex. Development pressures are undermining the business environment. Business leaders must align their companies to the societal priorities of the countries in which they operate. Key messages:

  • The business context is changing rapidly – Development pressures are converging along social, environmental, governance and energy issues. This is creating a more complex environment in countries that are vital to the profitability of global companies.
  • Societal challenges undermine investment – Companies are acutely challenged by societal issues, which can hamper their legitimacy to operate and their growth. Business leaders need to manage the risks by improving the social and ecological stability on which their investments depend.
  • Business diplomacy is a driver of change – Beyond their existing efforts to improve resource efficiency and corporate responsibility, companies should prioritise investments and relationships that build trust with their stakeholders in their capacity to be stewards of limited resources.
  • Regional approaches are needed – Each of the world’s regions face a distinctive set of development pressures that affect the business environment. Companies have to understand these differences and develop clear regional priorities to navigate a mosaic of global realities.

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Topics & SDGs

WWF Mitigation

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