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SDI*RATING

Measuring sustainability.
Visualizing transformation.

*SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT INDEX

"The tourism industry is facing the 'green transformation' towards sustainability. SDI*Rating is a user-oriented measurement tool for sustainable business.“

WHY SDI*RATING?

SDI*Rating has developed a scientifically based methodology that makes all industry-relevant sustainability indicators of tourism businesses visible in ONE number from 0 to 100. Comprehensive evaluations support tourism businesses in measuring their ESG performance - in the areas of environmental, social and corporate governance. SDI*Rating: Easy, Safe, Genius

SDI*RATING FOR FINANCIAL SERVICE PROVIDERS

Banks and insurance companies play an important new role in the “green transformation”. Each of these companies is currently developing its own ESG roadmap to locate and be able to process ESG risks.

 

For this purpose, banks require reliable and verified primary data on the companies’ ESG performance. SDI*Rating provides this data in a simple and effective way.

THE USPs OF SDI*RATINGS FOR FINANCIAL SERVICE PROVIDERS

Rating for the entire economy – in particular for SMEs
The transformation will not be possible without SMEs! In Austria, 95.8% of the companies are SMEs – in the EU, 99.8% – generating 60.3% of the country’s economic output. Therefore, the most important task is to develop an ESG rating tool that can also be applied to SMEs. For this purpose, the method of measurement must be user-centered, easy to use, cost-efficient and still valid and reliable!

Comprehensive SDI*Supply Chain Audit ¹
Most ESG risks arise along the supply chain, and the sustainability aspect of many industries – e.g. in the distributive trades – can be validly determined only by taking account of supply chains. Hence, what is required is an ESG rating system down to the raw material.

SDI*CO2 Footprint Calculator ¹
The CO2 footprint is generated in the supply chain, starting with the raw material – we provide a visualization of the entire actual CO2 footprint. This is especially relevant if CO2 pricing increases rapidly and the cost structure of companies changes by leaps and bounds.

OTHER POSITIVE SIDE-EFFECTS OF SDI*RATING

By recording various data beyond a company’s own customer base, SDI*Rating is able to provide important benchmark analyses, thus allowing to better estimate the customers’ sustainability performance for regional, national and international comparisons.

 

In addition to risk management, marketing and sales will benefit from the ESG roadmap. Banks can be decisive partners of companies, supporting them during the “green transformation”!

¹ Supply Chain Audit and CO2 Footprint Calculator are available from version 2.3 and 2.4, respectively (Q2 2024).

To accompany the entire transformation to a more sustainable portfolio, SDI*BANK-COCKPIT provides the crucial evaluations - from benchmarking within the industry to SDG and ESG evaluations to optimization recommendations.

THE 5 PRINCIPLES OF SDI*RATING

WE SPEAK „HOTEL“

The SDI* is simple and easy to understand: the topic of sustainability is complex. Data collection from individual operations is about materiality. SDI*Rating only asks the relevant questions for tourism businesses and the respective answer options are mostly given, so that really every entrepreneur can answer the questions quickly and easily.

The SDI* is versatile in its application: Sustainability information will be needed by many entities in different ways in the future. From intermediary platforms, consumers looking for sustainable offers, funding agencies that want to promote sustainable businesses, to financial service providers that, for example, grant loans and insurances based on ESG information.

ONE FOR ALL!

"LEARNING BY RATING!"

The SDI* brings high benefits for businesses: we all need to learn sustainability. Therefore, there is a need for a rating approach where businesses are guided, with some ease, towards sustainability. We show the important options for action and also present sustainability targets - e.g. the "WayToZero" or the CO2 Footprint. In our sustainability blog, we show industry-related "best practice" examples and make new technical and economic options available to companies.

TRANSFORMATION THROUGH TRANSPARENCY

The SDI* already meets the requirements of the EU Commission: the special requirements for an ESG rating for financial service providers are constantly being tightened by the EU supervisory authorities - scientifically based, comparable, transparent procedures from independent providers are what the EU wants and stipulates in the "Strategy for Financing a Sustainable Economy".

WE GROW WITH THE CHALLENGES!

The SDI* is always up to date - The criteria for the SDI* evaluation are in line with the latest regulations in the field of non-financial reporting. We have a team of specialists who incorporate the key regulations (at EU and national level) into the SDI* rating at an early stage. Our methodology is dynamic and continuously adapted to developments.

To accompany the entire transformation to a more sustainable company, the SDI*BUSINESS-COCKPIT provides crucial support - from benchmarking within the industry to optimization recommendations.

THE SDI*RATING OFFERS THE FOLLOWING ADVANTAGES FOR TOURISM BUSINESSES

  • Industry comparison: „How does my business compare to other businesses - locally, but also internationally?“

 

  • Analysis of individual criteria: „In which areas is my business good, in which is there a need for action in terms of sustainability?“

 

  • Suggestions for action: SDI*Rating shows exactly in which criteria one can improve the rating for the business.

 

  • SDI*Targets: over the years, the path towards a target - in the area of environment, social or corporate governance - such as the "WayToZero" in CO2 emissions up to the supply chain (from 2023) - can be mapped and successfully tracked.

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The general advantage of sustainability – with SDI*Rating helps to sustainably use resources and thus reduce costs.

SDI*Rating as an ESG rating meets the legal requirements for lending by financial service providers, which will come into force from 2022 or 2024. The same applies to funding programs of public authorities and thus to the entire financing of economic activity.

SDI*RATING
 

Heinrichsgasse 2
1010 Vienna

Austria

 

Contact: office@sdi-rating.com

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OUR TEAM

SDI*FOUNDERS

SCIENTIFIC TEAM

IT-DEVELOPMENT TEAM

JAKUB STEINBAUER

IT Development

Jakub Steinbauer is a Senior Software Developer with a focus on JAVA. He is responsible for the development and implementation of the technical background in the IT development team.

PAVEL RADKOVIC

IT Development

Pavel Radkovic is a Senior Software Developer with a focus on REACT. At SDI* he is responsible for the technical development and implementation of an appealing user interface.

DANIEL RASHEED

Frontend, Web Development

Daniel Rasheed is a software developer. As an all-rounder in the SDI* IT team, he is the link between web development and the implementation of an attractive user interface.

ANDREAS MIEDANER

Co Founder SDI*RATING and Managing Director SDI*Rating

Andreas Miedaner has worked successfully for over 30 years as a consultant and conceptionist for companies in the field of communication and brand development. The ability to think in a solution-oriented way while getting to the heart of complex content are the building blocks of his success. The topic of sustainability has preoccupied him since his youth, and with the founding of TREEDAY.net in 2013, he dedicated his time primarily to the question of how to make the complex topic of sustainability simpler, more transparent and communicable.

EREK STOISSER

Co Founder SDI*RATING, Managing Director SDI*Analytics

Erek Stoisser trained as an industrial engineer and spent more than 25 years advising companies with a focus on "organic products" on brand building and sales management - including Weleda, Team 7, Grüne Erde and Ja! Natürlich. In 2019, he joined the team around Andreas Miedaner and provided essential impulses for the development of a regulation-compliant sustainability rating SDI*. Together with Brigitte Frey, he is the editor of the FlexLEX "Sustainable Finance" published by Faculta Verlag.

DR. RAINER SCHUSTER

Co Founder SDI*RATING, IT-Development Specialist

Rainer Schuster earned his doctorate in business informatics on the topic of "Requirement Management for B2B Systems" at the Vienna University of Technology and is now a lecturer in the field of eCommerce. Already during his studies he founded a digital wine market (AVINO), today an established eCommerce platform for wine trade in Austria. Rainer Schuster has been involved in more than 100 IT projects of various sizes and is a successful management consultant. He has been part of the TREEDAY team since 2013 and is responsible for building the entire IT solution.

DR. THOMAS LINDENTHAL

Head Of Science, Center for Global Change / Sustainability BOKU Wien, FIBL

Thomas Lindenthal is Senior Scientist at the Center for Global Change and Sustainability BoKu Vienna. Since 2009 he has also been working at FiBL Austria in the field of sustainability assessment and climate protection.

MAG. MARTIN SCHLATZER

FiBL Research Team

Martin Schlatzer works at BoKu Vienna and FiBL Austria. His expertise lies in the working areas of nutrition ecology, sustainability analysis and sustainable nutrition.

GEORG ZAMECNIK, M.SC.

CO2-Calculation

Georg Zamecnik is a graduate of the master's program in Social and Human Ecology at the University of Klagenfurt. At FiBL Austria he has specialized in sustainability analysis and life cycle assessment.

ELISABETH HIMMELSFREUNDPOINTNER, B.A.

Sustainability Assessment

Elisabeth Himmelfreundpointner is a research associate at FiBL Austria and supports the team with research activities. She studied sustainable resource management at the FH Campus Vienna.

OLGA BRATSUN, M.SC.

Project coordination and consulting

As a consultant for innovation and strategy development, Olga Bratsun supports companies of all sizes in their transformation to sustainability. "Acting with purpose" is her guiding principle.

NICOLAS WINKLMAIR

Project coordination and consulting

Nicolas Winklmair studies human medicine at the Medical University of Vienna and does research on "Sustainability in Ophthalmology". He supports and advises SDI*Rating in research as well as data preparation for medical matters.

ALEXANDRA MERDZO, MA

Project management

Alexandra Merdzo organizes the diverse tasks at SDI*. She supports the management in the development and implementation of cross-project organizational and operational processes.

MARKUS STEINER

CTO and Head of IT-Development

Markus Steiner has been a successful IT consultant and management consultant for 25 years. As CPO, he accompanied several companies in the development and implementation of IT applications.

SDI*TEAM

ADVISORY BOARD

MAG. BRIGITTE FREY

Head of Advisory Board

Brigitte Frey is a certified public accountant and was a partner at EY for many years. As Chair of the Sustainability Reporting Working Group at the Chamber of Tax Advisors and Certified Public Accountants, and as a delegated member of the Sustainability Policy Group at Accountancy Europe, she is directly involved with regulatory innovations.

MAG. JOHANNA MAYER

Auditing

After completing her master's degree in environmental and sustainability management, Johanna Mayer worked as an internal auditor for numerous companies and brings several years of experience as a management consultant in the field of sustainability. In 2020, she founded the consulting company "element 8" and accompanies SDI*Rating in setting up the auditing system.

ERIKA SINGER, MBA

Sustainable Finance

Erika Singer is an expert in dealing with non-financial risks in the financial services sector. She has many years of experience in management consulting as well as in the development and implementation of sustainable finance strategies. Her special focus is on process development to raise awareness for sustainable financial products in the B2C sector.