Learn more about the Methodology behind Impakter Index as a sustainability reporting tool.

The Impakter Index analyzes companies through a 4 Pillar Methodology across UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDG Compliance), Certificates, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Listing, and Corporate Operations & Philosophy Assessment. Based on these findings, a simplified evaluation is made across A-F shared with the public for both conscious consumers and investors alike. A feedback loop allows for community input into the company evaluation. 

The 4 Pillar Methodology

Pillar I - UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs Compliance)

Verification of the degree of a company’s degree of “UN SDGs compliance” with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We’ve completed a complex analysis of the 17 Goals and 169 Targets to best understand how a company and industries can be compliant.

Learn more about the 17 UN Sustainability Development Goals and why the United Nations has created these guidelines to help companies contribute to its 2030 goals. 

Pillar II - Certificates

Evaluation of the whole range of sustainability/fair trade certificates and labels in terms of their relevance, from top sustainability certificates (e.g. B Corp) to industry-specific certifications. We value sustainable certificates and labels that represent a clear engagement and distinction between companies.

We have taken the effort to dedicate a certificates research team to differentiate primary, secondary and tertiary certificates, according to their relevance. Check out the certification database to find out more.

Pillar III - Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Listing

Verification of a company’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as expressed in its listing of achievements, including awards from third parties and other indications of where the company stands among its peers in the industry. These are good indicators to assess company priorities and strengths. 

Pillar IV - Corporate Operations & Philosophy Assessment

Evaluation of a company’s year-end report and external news and third-party reviews and assessments to confirm on-going efforts to move towards a more sustainable business model. We take in account the company’s operations and business strategy based on their year-end report and external news and resources that can speak to the company’s on-going efforts to move towards a sustainable framework. 


A Rating: Companies have primary certificates for their entire business, valuable awards and rankings, clear and detailed sustainability agenda: KPIs, objectives, progress and target specific SDGs. 

B Rating: Companies have specific certificates, some awards and rankings, easy-to-find sustainability reports and sustainability agendas: transparent goals and progress, target specific SDGs. 

C Rating: Companies take part in unsustainable activities. They provide clear and thorough sustainable agenda, SDGs targets. They hold some certificates, awards and appear in some rankings. 

D Rating: Companies are engaged in unsustainable activities. They lack transparency, goals and progress, SDGs targets. They do not hold certificates or awards. However, some effort and communication can be seen.

F Rating: Companies are not engaged towards sustainability at all. They do not possess a sustainability report, they do not appear in any rankings, have neither certificates nor awards.  

For more information, please do check our methodology paper here.