Sustainability: More than just a buzzword

As part of the SME survey conducted by Berliner Sparkasse 2018, DIW Econ recorded the current importance of sustainability in companies in the capital region.

In contrast to large listed companies, little is known about the importance of sustainability for SMEs. Unlike companies with 500 or more employees, SMEs are not subject to the obligation to prepare a sustainability report.

The study shows that sustainability is a challenge for every fourth medium-sized company. Priority is given to activities to increase energy and material efficiency with short-term cost-saving potential.

Link to study

Link to press release


The SME Survey 2018 was conducted on behalf of Berliner Sparkasse / Landesbank Berlin. The responses from representatives of small and medium-sized companies in the region were evaluated.

Our visualisation tool enables you to explore the survey results individually, broken down by region:

Link to short expert report

Link to the SME survey of the Berliner Sparkasse