De volgende onderbouwing wordt gegeven bij de opname van de Nederlanders:

Neelie Kroes: “She’s still got it, but this may be the last year that Kroes makes this list (a former #1 heavyweight from two years ago), as her term has ended and she is being replaced by Joachín Almunia. In her last year in this post, EU remained a leader in the antitrust and cartel-busting world, going after a few industries, including the “special glass sector.”

Ernst Ligteringen: “Through the tireless efforts of its staff, Board, secretariat, etc, GRI has become the leading expert on sustainability reporting guidelines. More and more companies around the world turned to GRI in 2009 to help provide insight into creating best in class CSR reports.”