Developing the Matrix

Matrix Development Team

The Matrix Development Team (formerly the 'Editorial Team') are a group of volunteers dedicated to the continued development of the Matrix. Their work is focused primarily on user group organisations, taking into account their legal structures, their line of business and the size of the organisation. A separate handbook has been developed for educational institutions. There is also a team dedicated to the support of Common Good municipalities. Their work has led to the development of the Matrix for municipalities.

The Matrix aims to cater for the needs of all user groups continuously and in full. Participants will be met on their own ground. They should find the Matrix comprehensible and user-friendly in order to take the next important steps towards a value-driven and ethical approach, be this in business, politics, or society

baumfoto-met.jpgThe ECG Editorial Team, also know as the Matrix Development Team (MDT).

The historical development of the Economy for the Common Good Balance Sheet

Matrix 5.0

Matrix 5.0 is introduced in April, 2017. The development of this version resulted from an open and participatory process based primarily on the feedback from committed organisations to the Matrix Development Team (formerly, the Editorial Team), all of whom gave their time voluntarily. Several guides and handbooks were written during this process that are more specifically tailored to an organisation's line of business and size. Special modules have also been developed (quick test, initial performance report), to encourage an easy and swift switch to the Common Good Balance Sheet as a sustainability tool.

Matrix 4.1

An improved version of Matrix 4.0 that reduced the number of calculations required to complete the evaluation. It was published, and took effect, on 1 March 2017. Until the end of June 2013, there was a transition period during which it remained possible to audit/peer-evaluate based on Matrix 4.0.

Matrix 4.0

This version of the Matrix was the basis for compiling Common Good Balance Sheets as of 2012. One of its previous indicators, equal opportunities and disadvantaged persons (C5 in Matrix 3.0), was integrated into in C1, workplace quality. Common Good Balance Sheets based on this version were presented to the Austrian media in a press conference on 24 April 2013.

Matrix 3.0

The Editorial Team reduced the number of indicators from 50 to 18 (still called 'criteria' at the time). This modified version persuaded almost 60 companies to be the first to to volunteer a Common Good Balance Sheet.

Matrix 2.0

Modification of the original version, worked on by the Editorial Team until February 2011, which included the core results of an initial wave of feedback following the symposium 'Unternehmen neu denken' (Re-thinking business) on 6 October 2010. Unlike today's indicators, this version defined common good according to 50 criteria.

Matrix 1.0

Devised by ATTAC entrepreneurs and published in the first edition of "The Economy for the Common Good" (Deuticke, 2010).


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Your experience and suggestions for improvement are always welcome: whether on the Matrix in general, the individual indicators, the assessment system or the working documents (handbook / workbook) - your opinion counts.