Press release

IISD Ranked as Most Effective SD Research Organization

February 10, 2005

Experts rank IISD at the top of the list

WINNIPEG — Ask a sustainability expert which sustainable development research organization they think is particularly effective and the International Institute for Sustainable Development tops the list more times than any other organization. That is one of the findings presented in the recently released GlobeScan Survey of Sustainability Experts 2004-2 Highlights Report.

"It is especially gratifying to be recognized like this by your peers. The credit goes to our researchers who have built a very solid reputation for the Institute on a wide range of cutting edge sustainability issues. This survey result speaks well to the resonance and impact of our work in all program areas and reinforces the fact that others are deriving value from it as well," said David Runnalls, IISD President and Chief Operating Officer.

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The Survey of Sustainability Experts asked respondents who study, deal with, or are directly involved in sustainable development research organizations to name a maximum of four SD research organizations they consider to be particularly effective. In the responses received, IISD ranked most highly by being named by one quarter of the respondents.

The Highlights Report presents selected findings of the 2004-2 GlobeScan Survey of Sustainability Experts conducted from September 12 to October 25, 2004. The survey was sent out to 1,962 experts and stakeholders in Asia, Western Europe, and North America, as well as Africa, the Middle East, South America, and Eastern Europe. Two hundred experts had completed the survey by the October 25, 2004 closing date.

The GlobeScan Survey of Sustainability Experts Most Effective SD Research Organizations results can be viewed here. GlobeScan has been conducting its biannual Survey of Sustainability Experts since 1994.

About IISD

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an award-winning independent think tank working to accelerate solutions for a stable climate, sustainable resource management, and fair economies. Our work inspires better decisions and sparks meaningful action to help people and the planet thrive. We shine a light on what can be achieved when governments, businesses, non-profits, and communities come together. IISD’s staff of more than 250 experts come from across the globe and from many disciplines. With offices in Winnipeg, Geneva, Ottawa, and Toronto, our work affects lives in nearly 100 countries.