Methodological aspects

Presentation of methods and tools of the indicator system MONET


The principles of sustainable development

Sustainable development is translated into concrete terms via principles. These principles ultimately constitute the framework with which observed developments can be rated with regard to their sustainability. Therefore, each indicator must be related to at least one principle.

The principles are allocated to the respective target dimensions "social solidarity", "economic efficiency" and "environmental responsibility" and subdivided in 20 specific areas.

Principles concerning social solidarity

Principles concerning economic efficiency

Principles concerning ecological responsibility

The principles are available in PDF format below

Explanation of evaluation symbols

Each MONET 2030 system indicator is accompanied by three symbols:

Targeted trends

The first describes the targeted trend according to the objectives of sustainable development. These objectives are the 2030 Agenda sustainable development goals (SDGs) and its targets adapted to the Swiss context, principles of sustainable development and quantified objectives with set deadlines.


Observed trends

The second describes the observed trend based on the trend calculated for the period under analysis, generally since 2000, or since the date of the first survey if it was conducted after 2000, as well as the last value available.

No marked change

Assessment of the observed trend in relation to targeted trend

The third is derived from a comparison of the first two and makes it possible to assess the observed trend. The observed trend is positive if it corresponds to the targeted trend, negative if the opposite is the case and unchanged if its change in trend ranges between +3% and -3%.

Monet plus
MONET no evaluation
No assessment
MONET negatif
MONET almost equal

Detailed explanations are available in PDF format below

Overview of the state of the art in assessing indicators

This handbook provides an overview of the current state of the art in the domain of indicator-based assessment of sustainable development in Europe.

Revision of MONET indicators system


Federal Statistical Office Section Environment, Sustainable Development, Territory
Espace de l'Europe 10
CH-2010 Neuchâtel
+41 58 480 58 46

Monday - Friday:
09.00 - 12.00 / 14.00 - 16.00



Our English pages offer only a limited range of information on our statistical production. For our full range please consult our pages in French and German (top right hand screen).