Transparency

Essential to understanding risk

In complex, volatile and rapidly moving credit markets, corporations, banks and institutional investors turn to S&P Global Ratings, S&P Global Market Intelligence and CRISIL to evaluate and manage risk.

We bring essential clarity and transparency to otherwise opaque capital markets with credit ratings, research, deep analytics and fundamental data.

We have exciting developments underway in 2017 to strengthen the services our businesses offer to clients.

  • Debt issuers are positioned to benefit from Ratings 360, a powerful new S&P Global Ratings platform to be launched soon. Chief financial officers and corporate treasurers will be able to access an enhanced and integrated view of credit risk that until Ratings 360 was only available through multiple platforms. Utilizing broad and deep data and analytics, Ratings 360 will provide the rationale behind ratings, facilitate modeling, and offer users the ability to interact with S&P Global Ratings staff.
  • Collaboration between S&P Global Market Intelligence and CRISIL, a global analytics company and India’s leading rating agency, will enable S&P Global to offer credit assessment reports to the world’s biggest commercial banks to support, enhance, and complement their processes for analyzing credit risk.

Global growth is also a priority. Testimony to the growing needs of investors and borrowers in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, S&P Global Ratings has recently established a presence in Chile and Saudi Arabia, and acquired a minority equity stake in Thailand’s TRIS Rating.

Independence

Essential to measuring markets

Independence has been a hallmark of our indices and the basis for our commodities information for more than 100 years. Today, S&P Dow Jones Indices and S&P Global Platts play essential and growing roles in the functioning of efficient markets throughout the world.

S&P Dow Jones Indices is home to two of the most iconic measures of the U.S. stock market:

  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average is the world’s most-cited market measure and celebrated its 120th anniversary in 2016.
  • The S&P 500 is the world’s most-followed stock market index with $7.5 trillion in benchmarked assets and turns 60 years old in 2017.

We are not limited to measuring equity markets. S&P Dow Jones Indices calculates 1 million indices and our coverage spans asset classes, geographies and investment strategies. As investors search for yield, an increasing area of focus is on offering index-based solutions to fit a range of fixed-income strategies.

The trend away from actively managed funds to index-based investing is powering the growth of S&P Dow Jones Indices. Demonstrating this point, assets in exchange-traded funds or ETFs based on our indices surpassed $1 trillion at the end of 2016, marking a new milestone for this business.

The essential role S&P Global Platts price assessments play for a range of commodities means they are often used to settle contracts. The markets that use them give them “benchmark” status.

Entering 2017, our Japan Korea Marker (Platts JKM) is serving as the first benchmark for LNG pricing in Asia. In Japan, Platts JKM is supporting the process of energy market liberalization through price transparency. In the UAE, we are now providing weekly inventory data for the Fujairah Oil Industry Zone, advancing the emirate’s progression towards becoming one of the world’s leading energy hubs serving Asian markets.

Sustainability

Essential to sustainable growth

We match our skills with the growing needs of society to deliver essential information and analytics that enable companies, investors and communities to pursue sustainable growth strategies.

To this end, we are expanding and building on our portfolio of environmental, social and governance (ESG) products that provide solutions.

For example, S&P Dow Jones Indices acquired Trucost plc in 2016. The complementary nature of these two businesses allows S&P Global to combine Trucost’s industry-leading environmental impact data and risk metrics with S&P Dow Jones Indices’ world-class benchmarking capabilities to develop ESG solutions.

Additionally, S&P Global Ratings proposed two new assessments in 2016: a new Green Evaluation tool that analyzes and estimates the environmental impact of projects or initiatives financed by bonds, and an ESG Assessment methodology for corporate bond issuers.

The Company is taking on leadership roles in other ways to support green finance:

  • Dr. Richard Mattison, CEO of Trucost, was appointed in 2016 to the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on sustainable finance, which is tasked with recommendations on how to integrate sustainability considerations into the EU’s rules for the financial sector.
  • S&P Global has committed to the principles of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. The Task Force was created by the Financial Stability Board with the aim of developing voluntary, consistent climate-related financial risk disclosures to be used by companies.
  • S&P Global Ratings rated $500 million in notes issued by Starbucks for sustainability projects relating to coffee sourcing. We also rated MidAmerican Energy’s first “eligible green” bonds, to support the utility’s wind projects including Wind XI, the largest single economic development project ever in Iowa.

Essential to society

Corporate Responsibility is more than philanthropy. It’s about finding the essential connections between our capabilities and the needs of society. It’s how we create economic opportunities and thriving communities.

We direct our attention and support activities in three areas:

  • 1. Promoting Sustainability
    We’re always working to reduce our own environmental impact, but, as our ESG products and services show, supporting sustainability is also an essential business imperative.
  • 2. Elevating People
    Millions of jobs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are going unfilled. This creates global challenges for both the workforce and employers. One of the ways we are addressing the STEM jobs gap is by partnering with nonprofits such as For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) to inspire students from diverse backgrounds to be science and technology leaders. In 2016, our employees donated nearly 1,800 hours of their time to the FIRST Robotics program.
  • 3. Supporting Women Entrepreneurs
    When women are in business, economies grow. Around the world, however, women entrepreneurs face barriers to starting and expanding businesses. We leverage our capabilities and people to connect entrepreneurs to financial services, support nonprofit partners and provide mentoring. For example, in 2016, in partnership with MicroMentor we introduced a virtual mentoring platform to match our employees with women entrepreneurs globally. Additionally last year, in collaboration with the Aspen Institute’s Network for Development Entrepreneurs, we issued three $50,000 awards to nonprofits to create data and technology-based solutions to facilitate access to capital for women entrepreneurs in emerging markets.

More information on our commitment to sustainable corporate responsibility can be viewed at spglobal.com.

Essential

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Our Purpose

We provide intelligence that is essential for companies, governments and individuals to make decisions with conviction.

Values

Relevance

We provide relevant solutions to our clients and bring passion and a thirst for knowledge in serving them.

Excellence

We pursue excellence in everything we do. We value results, encourage teamwork and embrace change.

Integrity

We act with integrity and are honest, transparent and accountable for our actions.

We gather this data from all over the world, searching for what others might have missed. All the while, our people and cutting edge systems work around the clock to process this information in real time. We empower clients with critical information and the analytics to draw conclusions.

Our capabilities reach every aspect of the financial services industry, and we’re always thinking about new ways to create growth and achieve excellence. With our rich data, research, benchmark and analytic capabilities, we’re constantly uncovering insights to give our clients the best possible picture of the world’s markets.

Our essential offerings all work to give companies, governments and individuals the complete picture of the markets, so they can make decisions with conviction.

The result? Sound strategic analysis for clients, and for the world’s markets. Our data, analytics, benchmarks and intelligence enable the essential decisions that set the world in motion.

20,000 employees
31 countries with S&P Global presence
$5.66B in revenue in 2016
~60% of employees are Millennials

Our essential offerings all work to give companies, governments and individuals the complete picture of the markets, so they can make decisions with conviction.

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Our Divisions

S&P Global Ratings Credit ratings, credit risk research & insights support growth & transparency in capital markets.
S&P Global Market Intelligence Data, analytics & sector intelligence to gain insights into markets.
S&P Dow Jones Indices Innovative indices investors need to identify, measure & capitalize on global investment opportunities.
S&P Global Platts The commodities & energy market insights needed to inform decisions.