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Global Footprint Network Named One of World’s Best NGOs

Global Footprint Network is pleased to announce that it was named one of the world’s best NGOs this week.

The Global Journal, an international print and online publication that focuses on the major players and issues of world governance, produced and published the 100 Best NGOs list for its January/February 2012 edition. The Global Journal described the list as the first international ranking of its kind, and those on it as the non-profit world’s leading actors.

Global Footprint Network was among the handful of NGOs tackling sustainable development to be included in the Top 100. Other categories included humanitarian, health, education, technology and entrepreneurship organizations.    Among the set of criteria used in making the decision included:  impact, innovation, transparency, accountability and efficiency. Also included on the list were Global Footprint Network partners Gram Vikas, World Wildlife Fund and International Development Enterprise (IDE).

“We are humbled to be in the company of the many innovative organizations named in the top 100 who are seeking to create systemic change,” said Susan Burns, Global Footprint Network’s Senior Vice President and co-founder. “The world now finds itself at a defining moment where ecological constraints are ever more critical as we seek to secure people’s well-being.”

Global Footprint Network was recognized for its work as global resource accountants “to influence decision-makers at all levels of society” and make ecological limits central to their planning and decisions. Global Footprint Network President Mathis Wackernagel is co-creator of the Ecological Footprint, a resource accounting tool that measures how much nature can provide, how much humanity is using, and who is using what. The tool enables users to understand their resource constraints and the link between ecological and economic stability.  The honor comes as the organization prepares to celebrate its 10th anniversary next year.

“From humanitarian relief to the environment, public health to education, microfinance to intellectual property, NGOs are increasingly at the forefront of developments shaping the lives of millions of people around the world,” The Global Journal said in announcing the Top 100 list.