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CSA Methodology


CSA Methodology Update 2023

This brief presentation provides an overview of the key changes to the assessment criteria and affected industries compared to last year’s CSA.

PDF: CSA Methodology Update 2023

CSA Handbook 2023

Provides companies with information on the rationale and intent behind general and cross-industry questions of the CSA. The CSA Companion offers additional details on the structure of each question, definitions used and references. It includes a summary mapping questions in the S&P Global CSA to their corresponding GRI reporting criteria.

PDF: CSA Handbook 2023

Weights 2023

This document provides an overview of the criteria weights for each of the 62 CSA Industries.

PDF: Weights 2023

MSA Methodology Guidebook 2023

This guidebook describes the Media & Stakeholder Analysis (MSA) methodology, with information on the scoring approach and decision process to determine MSA impacts.

PDF: MSA Methodology Guidebook 2023

S&P Global ESG Scores Methodology

This methodology document gives an overview of the ESG scoring approach and is intended to be read in conjunction with supporting documents.

PDF: S&P Global ESG Scores Methodology


For a list of Webcasts related to the 2023 CSA please visit the CSA timeline page.


Frequently Asked Questions

Our FAQ document addresses the most common questions relating to the technical aspects of completing the online questionnaire. It includes benefits of participation, registration and passwords, deadlines, navigating the questionnaire, uploading documents, and saving and reviewing your work. A unit conversion table can also be found on the last page of the document.

PDF: Frequently Asked Questions

Measuring Intangibles – The S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment Methodology

This paper describes the philosophy behind the CSA and explains how the questionnaire is structured and how the score is calculated.

PDF: Measuring Intangibles

Assurance Statement

To ensure quality and objectivity of the CSA, S&P Global voluntarily appoints independent third party Deloitte to conduct an external audit of the assessment process each year.

PDF: 2022 CSA Assurance Statement

Should you have any additional questions regarding the completion of the questionnaire, please do not hesitate to contact our CSA Helpline team at: