imug Beratungsgesellschaft für sozial-ökologische Innovationen mbH

Hannover, Germany

Corporate Member ESOMAR Corporate Member

Postkamp 14a
30159 Hannover
Lower Saxonia
Phone: +49 511 121960
Fax: +49 511 1219695

In 1995, imug emerged from the imug institute of the University of Hanover. To date, 30 employees provide consultancy and research services in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR),…

Founded 1995
Employees 33
Turnover EURO 2.800.000
Interviewers 100

Company type:

  • Full Service Market Research Agency

Professional Associations:

  • ADM e.V.
  • BVM

In 1995, imug emerged from the imug institute of the University of Hanover. To date, 30 employees provide consultancy and research services in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Socially Responsible Investment (SRI), market research and marketing.

In the area of SRI, imug focuses on research activities for funds and investors that exclusively invest in legal entities with a particular social and environmental performance. In this regard, our customized systems of research criteria enable us to effectively meet customer needs and differentiate us from others.

Furthermore, we provide market research and communication projects in order to comprehensively address SRI issues.


Since 1998, imug cooperates with EIRIS, the worldwide leading provider of company ratings along social, environmental and ethical criteria. EIRIS has developed the database "EIRIS Portfolio Manager" (EPM), which gathers data on 2.800 stock corporations that are analysed against more than 250 social, environmental and ethical indicators. A total of 60 analysts from various academical backgrounds and experiences worldwide are working on the rating of companies. In Germany, Austria and Switzerland, imug conducts research against the criteria system developed by EIRIS. In this regard, about 80 Billion Euros are managed on the basis of sustainability criteria resulting from imug and EIRIS research.


In summary, our products and services in the area of SRI can be clustered around the following key offers:

Customized research
Screening of portfolios along the lines of sustainability criteria
Development and elaboration of responsible investment strategies for mutual as well as special funds
Consultancy services for communication, marketing and sales activities
Training offers for marketing and sales departments in the area of socially responsible investment

In addition to the sustainability rating of stock corporations mentioned above, imug also conducts sustainability ratings of bank bonds as another key product offer.


The following list shows a sample of investors and asset managers who are using our equity valuations via EPM or our sustainability rating of bank bonds:

Acatis Fair Value Investment AG, Allianz Global Investors, Bank für Kirche und Caritas eG, Bankhaus Bauer AG, Deka Investment GmbH, DKM Darlehnskasse Münster eG, Erzbistum Köln, Evangelische Kreditgenossenschaft Kassel eG, EthikBank, GLS-Bank, Greenpeace Umweltstiftung, HSH Nordbank, Invesco Asset Management Deutschland GmbH, LiagBank eG, Lupus alpha Asset Management GmbH, oeco capital Lebensversicherung AG, S-PensionsManagement GmbH, Umweltbank AG, Union Investment Institutional.


For further information on our services or questions regarding the methodology behind our ratings and services, please contact Silke Stremlau - Head of imug Sustainable Investments - at

For any information requests regarding the "imug sustainability rating of bank bonds" and background documents on our rating methodology or insights into our approach towards the criterion "secrecy jurisdictions and tax avoidance" in particular, please contact Tommy Piemonte or Jan Köpper, ESG-Analysts Fixed Income at or

Research specializations

Market Sectors

  • Automotive
  • Energy / Utilities
  • Financial Services
  • Public Sector / Government
  • Telecommunications

Research Solutions

  • Business-to-business
  • Consumer Research
  • Customer Satisfaction Studies
  • Employee Research
  • Image Studies

Research Services

  • Data Collection / Field Services
  • Desk Research
  • Qualitative
  • Focus groups
  • Online Focus Groups / Bulletin Boards
  • Quantitative
  • CATI
  • Mystery shoppers

Research conducted in


  • Europe (Northern/Western)


  • Austria
  • Germany
  • Switzerland

Key people

Ulrike Niedergesaess
Managing Director

Jan Devries

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