The complexity of today’s global economic environment has made it more important than ever to recognize and encourage the qualitative as well as the quantitative aspects of growth, integrating such concepts as social and environmental sustainability to provide a fuller picture of what is needed and what works. In this context, the Forum’s Global Benchmarking Network has continued to push forward with its research on how sustainability relates to competitiveness and economic performance. To this end, Chapter 1.2 of this Report presents our evolving analysis of how country competitiveness can be assessed once issues of social and environmental sustainability are taken into account. This represents an important area for the World Economic Forum’s research going forward.

This year’s Report features a record number of 144 economies, and thus continues to be the most comprehensive assessment of its kind. It contains a detailed profile for each of the economies included in the study as well as an extensive section of data tables with global rankings covering over 100 indicators. This Report remains the flagship publication within the Forum’s Global Benchmarking Network, which produces a number of research studies that mirror the increased integration and complexity of the world economy.

The Global Competitiveness Report 2012-2013