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Misum report: More talking than walking when it comes to sustainability in Sweden´s largest listed companies

Only seven out of the 88 biggest listed companies at the Stockholm stock exchange have sustainability goals beyond 2020, according to the new "Walking the Talk?" report that is launched today by Misum at the Stockholm School of Economics.

“It is remarkable and very shortsighted,” says Lin Lerpold, Associate Professor and Executive Director at Misum, the Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets, at the Stockholm School of Economics, “not least when you consider that almost all of them use the 17 goals from Agenda 2030 of the United Nations in the marketing of their companies. It is, after all, named Agenda 2030,” says Lin Lerpold.

The best rating in “walking the talk” - a study of the sustainability communication of the Stockholm Large Cap companies - goes to SCA, Billerudkorsnäs, SEB and Stora Enso, closely followed by NCC, SSAB and H&M.

The lowest rates are achieved by Evolution Gaming, Sagax, Netent and Melker Schörling followed by Industrivärlden, Resurs Holding, Hexagon and Lundbergföretagen.

There are several positive results in the survey. One is that more companies now include sustainability managers in their executive management groups: 43 percent compared 25 percent two years ago when the first “Walking the Talk?” report was done. Another is that sustainability is communicated as a critical part of their core stategy by 50 percent of the companies, compared to 22 percent in the 2015 survey.

The report is based on over 14,000 pages of data collected, encoded and analyzed by Lin Lerpold, with Jonas Skilje and Chengcheng Qu, students at the Stockholm School of Economics.

Download 2017 “Walking the Talk?” here.

(Download 2015 “Walking the Talk?” here.)

Questions? Please contact us:

Lin Lerpold, Associate Professor and Executive Director at Misum, Stockholm School of Economics


+46 725-76 99 42

Tinni Ernsjöö Rappe, Communication Manager, Misum, Stockholm School of Economics


+46 708-36 66 41