Over 1,400 companies are already generating business value from participating in the SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA)

Why participate?

The SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment enables you to directly report key sustainability metrics and benchmark your company's performance on a wide range of industry-specific economic, environmental and social criteria that are relevant to the growing number of sustainability focused investors and financially relevant to your corporate success.

What do your peers say?

The 2019 edition of SustainAbility’s widely recognized “Rate the Raters” report confirms the credibility of SAM's Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) as a leading ESG rating that tops the global ranking in terms of value and use for global corporations.

Companies that participate in the CSA year after year consistently tell us 

“We use the CSA as a tool to communicate with the growing number of sustainability focused investors in a convincing and credible way.”

"We use the CSA to develop and implement a successful and sustainable business strategy."

"The CSA helps us to reduce sustainability risks for the company and realize opportunities."

"We value the external/internal recognition for our sustainability performance."

"The CSA participation embed sustainability thinking in the corporate DNA (networks)."

“Rate the Raters” 2019: Global companies value the SAM CSA as the most useful rating tool
“Rate the Raters” 2019: Global companies value the SAM CSA as the most useful rating tool
Faced with a choice of over 600 ESG ratings globally, companies need clear yardsticks to select the best tool to inform their sustainability strategy and communicate their sustainability performance and progress to investors and other stakeholders.
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Deeper ESG scoring transparency for corporates
Deeper ESG scoring transparency for corporates
S&P Global will be releasing question-level scores to companies
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S&P Global ESG scores are accessible for the first time to a broader global investment community
S&P Global ESG scores are accessible for the first time to a broader global investment community
The SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment™ (“CSA”) results, formerly known as the SAM ESG Scores, launched today as S&P Global ESG Scores on the S&P Global Market Intelligence Xpressfeed platform. Corporates and investors identify the CSA to be a high quality sustainability assessment. Leading financial institutions have been enthusiastic about the CSA for a long-time, but have not had broader access to the scores. For the first time, corporate ESG performance as measured by the CSA is widely accessible. Companies responding to the CSA are setting themselves apart by demonstrating dedication to the highest standards of ESG.
5-18-2020 | Insight
Sustainability can be a critical competitive factor – if you do it right.

Sustainability can be a critical competitive factor – if you do it right.

SAM's Corporate Sustainability Assessment enables you to establish a baseline for your sustainability performance and to conduct competitive benchmarking. It helps you learn from the top-performing companies to improve your own performance. It arms you with information about what is happening in the marketplace – which strategies are working, which ones aren’t, and what is driving growth.

Learning from the CSA results

An in-depth assessment of your company’s sustainability performance that allows you to monitor KPIs over time and can serve as an essential tool to improve operations and your sustainability ranking in your industry. We facilitate your learning with

• A benchmarking scorecard covering all criteria assessed that shows your company's sustainability performance, both in absolute and relative terms, compared to the different DJSI indices, the industry average and the industry's best-in-class company. Download a Sample CSA Scorecard in Excel format

• A Benchmarking Database empowering your to conduct multi-year trend analysis and gain detailed insight on the rankings within your peer industry

Personalized feedback for companies interested in a more in-depth analysis of their sustainability performance SAM offers different customized benchmarking solutions including detailed qualitative and quantitative analysis and a discussion of the companies’ strengths and weaknesses compared to their industry peers.

An unparalleled methodology

Focus on what investors care about
The CSA focuses on criteria that are both industry-specific and financially material, and has been doing so since 1999. This helps you understand which sustainability factors are important from an investor’s perspective, and which in turn, are most likely to have an impact on your company’s financial performance. Thus, the CSA serves as a sustainability roadmap helping you to prioritize corporate sustainability initiatives that are most likely to enhance your company’s competitiveness.
Learn more about financial materiality
A dynamic and constantly evolving assessment
We continuously update the questionnaire to capture emerging sustainability trends and opportunities that are expected to shape companies’ competitive environment.
See how the CSA has evolved over time
We look at the full picture
The breadth and depth of the assessment across the economic, environmental and social dimensions gives you a unique opportunity to highlight your company’s sustainability strengths in areas that might not be covered in traditional sustainability reports. This results in a more accurate reflection of your company’s sustainability performance.

Reach a wider range of investors

The CSA turns intangible corporate ESG performance into tangible S&P Global ESG scores, formerly known as SAM ESG Scores. The scores at total, dimension (ESG) and industry specific criteria level are made available to the global investment community on the S&P Global Market Intelligence Xpressfeed™ platform and the S&P Dow Jones Indices SPICE platform.

In addition SAM publishes percentile rankings at the criterion, dimension and total score levels - on the Bloomberg Professional platform.

Not only does this allow you to showcase your company’s sustainability performance to the global investment community, it also gives over data-licensees the tools to compare, analyze and identify sustainability leaders, enabling them to integrate relevant sustainability information into their investment decisions

An independent study on the impact of DJSI inclusion on companies shows positive impact on visibility among analysts and percentage of shares held by long-term investors

Several 100,000 stakeholders use the CSA results

Participation in the CSA offers various opportunities for enhancing your brand and reputation as a global sustainability leader in the eyes of stakeholders, financial analysts and the public at large.

The results of the SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment serve a wide range stakeholders and applications ranging from indices to asset management and from company benchmarking to sustainability-linked loans.

CSA results are not only an important resource to the financial community but also to employees, customers and critical NGOs.

Find out how the CSA results are used

The Sustainability Yearbook

Each year, we publish the SAM Sustainability Yearbook − the world’s most comprehensive publication on corporate sustainability − based on information collected through the CSA.

Not only are the top 15% of the companies from each industry included in The Sustainability Yearbook, they are also classified into three categories: SAM Gold Class, SAM Silver Class and SAM Bronze Class.

If your company qualifies for one of these categories, you will receive the SAM Distinction logo for internal and external marketing and communication purposes.
Read The Sustainability Yearbook

Reduce your reporting burden

Aligned with leading sustainability frameworks
We work with globally recognized sustainability research and reporting organizations such as CDP, CDP Water, GRESB, and EDGE Certified Foundation to align our methodology and questions on specific topics. Not only does this help ensure that our analysis is consistent with leading sustainability research, it also enables you to leverage your CSA responses to complete other sustainability questionnaires and vice-versa, lessening you overall reporting burden. 

”With the G20 setting up the Task Force to address corporate disclosure of climate-related financial risks, there is no better time for businesses to pay attention to their reporting”, says Tony Rooke, Director of Reporting at CDP. “The alignment between SAM and CDP on climate change facilitates more consistent corporate reporting in this area whilst reducing the reporting burden for companies. This also enables financial stakeholders to better understand and compare how businesses are managing climate-related issues for a resilient future.”

Integrated into your preferred sustainability software

To further streamline the process of completing the CSA, our online assessment tool uses XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language) technology, the open international standard for digital business reporting. The XBRL Taxonomy for the CSA is a coded representation of all 61 industry-specific CSA questionnaires. This allows you and your software providers to integrate the CSA questionnaire into your corporate reporting systems, enabling you to automatically transfer the required data from your information management platforms directly into the SAM CSA. Not only does this reduce the time and resources needed to complete the assessment, but it also provides a consistent approach to transmitting sustainability information, improving the overall quality and accuracy of the data.

Currently, UL EHS and OneReport supports the integration of the CSA into their software platforms.


To ensure quality and objectivity of the CSA, SAM voluntarily appoints independent third party Deloitte to conduct an external audit of the assessment process each year.
Download the Assurance Statement

CSA Resources

If you are participating in the CSA, the resource center provides you with a wealth of information describing our methodology, on-line support, registration instruction, tips and answers to Frequenly Asked Questions.
Visit the CSA Resources

Contact us

To learn more about the SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment and find out how to participate, please contact:
SAM ESG Research
S&P Global Switzerland SA
T: +41 44 529 5160
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