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A well-designed system of sustainability indicators enables societal actors to be more precise about sustainability objectives, measure progress over time, and assess performance against established benchmarks. Indicators also shed light on the synergies and trade-offs entailed in pursuing the economic, environmental, and societal dimensions of sustainability.

The work of Ecologic Institute contributes to the development of indicator systems that are relevant, accurate, and understandable. The institute's approach combines the topical expertise of its scientific staff, the communication talents of its visual designers, and the technical capabilities of its data analysts and website programmers. The institute thus offers a comprehensive approach to the development, evaluation, and implementation of indicator systems.

From their early beginnings within community-led initiatives, sustainability indicators have become a central component of sustainability policy at national and international levels. Ecologic Institute has contributed to this process and will continue to develop improved indicator approaches for governments, businesses, and stakeholders.