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How to Communicate Your Company’s CSA Results


How to Communicate Your Company’s CSA Results

Overview

Each year, beginning in September, S&P Global ESG Scores resulting from the annual Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) are released in monthly waves. 

The Benchmarking Database in the CSA Portal provides companies with full transparency into which companies S&P Global plans to assess in a given Base Year and which companies were already assessed against the related CSA questionnaire. This information is updated with every new release of ESG Scores.

In the weeks to follow, scores are made available to the broader capital markets via S&P Global’s corporate website and the S&P Capital IQ Pro platform. 

General Guidance 

When scores are released, many companies are eager to share the results with their key stakeholders and we encourage you to do so. 

To ensure compliance with S&P Global’s communication standardsplease be sure to adhere to the following guidelines. Also, be advised that we do not review or approve press releases or comment on communication plans.

  • Include the score release date in all communication. This is required as your ESG Score might change because of e.g. a corporate controversy.
  • Statements related to your company’s position should only be communicated when all relevant companies in your selected peer group have 2022 ESG Scores. See sample statements below.
  • Use of the Score Graphic means that you agree to the S&P Global Logo Guidelines with ESG Score Inclusion.
  • Do not use comparative rankings or refer to other companies, e.g.: “our company scores X points better than company Y.”
  • Do not infer membership in any Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) based on your score or relative position. DJSI Membership is communicated separately to all eligible companies if applicable. 

 

S&P Global ESG Score Graphic

Following company requests, we have developed a new graphic for companies to showcase their CSA achievements in their annual reports and social media. Download your Score Graphic to be used in line with the S&P Global Logo Guidelines with ESG Score Inclusion.  

Social Media

Follow S&P Global on Twitter and the S&P Global CSA LinkedIn page for all the latest posts and to amplify our campaign across your company’s own social media channels.

Tag S&P Global and the CSA using our respective handles:

LinkedIn: @SPGlobal and @Corporate Sustainability Assessment

Twitter: @spglobal

Facebook: @sandpglobal

Instagram: @SP_Global

YouTube: SPGlobal

WeChat: S&P Global (标普全球)

Relevant hashtags:

#CSA2022 #sustainability

Sample Statements

 
S&P Global ESG Score “Our company scored XX (out of 100) in the 2022 S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment (Score date: DATE)”
S&P Global ESG Score (with Reference to Prior Years) “Our company scored XX in the 2022 S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment reflecting an improvement of X points over the last Y years. (Score date: DATE)”
Criteria Scores “Our company scored XX (out of 100) in the 2022 S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment, achieving a score of XX (out of 100) [alternatively “full score” for 100/100] in the X, Y, Z criteria out of XX total criteria OR achieving a full score in X of Y criteria. (Score date: DATE).
Industry Ranking
Until the end of the methodology year (April 2023), additional companies will be assessed as part of the CSA annual cycle. In addition, ESG Scores are subject to change for e.g. corporate controversies.  As such, your company’s industry position may change.
 
“As of DATE, our company performed in the XX percentile in the XYZ industry in the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment (add if applicable: in PEER GROUP DETAIL*).”

“As of DATE, our company achieved the highest (second/third highest) score out of XX companies assessed in the XYZ Industry in the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment (add if applicable: in PEER GROUP DETAIL*).”

“As of DATE, our company performed in the top third/quartile/quintile/decile (as applicable) in the XYZ Industry in the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment (add if applicable: in PEER GROUP DETAIL*).”

Top Third

Top Quartile

Top Quintile

Top Decile

 percentile >=66

 percentile >=75

 percentile >=80

 percentile >=90

*Note: Peer group detail may include: Region, country, or index eligibility (filter will be available in the Benchmarking database in December after index rebalance).

Important Legal Information 

All information, text, data, reports, images, graphics, graphs, charts, or material, including ratings or scores (all such information, “Content”), contained in this website is the exclusive property of S&P Global Inc. or its relevant subsidiary (S&P Global), or their third-party licensors and may not be copied or reproduced in any form except with the prior written permission of S&P Global. The Content, including the ESG Scores and related materials have been published here solely for informational purposes based upon information generally available to the public and from sources believed to be reliable. S&P Global reserves the right to change a company’s ESG score from time to time, in accordance with its methodologies, policies and procedures. 

Unless acting in accordance with the parameters of usage outlined in this document, the Content or any portion thereof may not be (i) modified, reverse engineered, reproduced, or distributed in any form or by any means, or stored in a database or retrieval system, (ii) used to create any derivative works; (iii) used as the input value or the constituent for the creation, structuring, development, calculation, maintenance, publication, distribution or any other means to derive or establish a financial index or investment strategy; or (iv) used as a component of or as the basis for corporate financing (including, without limitation, ESG-linked loans, credit facilities) or used for any investment product or financial instrument to be developed, issued, traded, sold, marketed and/or promoted, including, without limitation, a security whose capital and/or income value is calculated based on changes in value of any index or any indexed fund based on the Content in whole or in part or passively managed funds. 

S&P Global is committed to providing transparency to the market through high-quality independent opinions on sustainability. Safeguarding the quality, independence and integrity of S&P Global’s ESG Scores, including by identifying and managing potential conflicts of interest, is embedded in its culture and at the core of everything S&P Global does. S&P Global keeps certain activities of its business units separate from each other in order to preserve the independence and objectivity of their respective activities. As a result, certain business units of S&P Global may have information that is not available to other S&P Global units. S&P Global has established policies and procedures to maintain the confidentiality of certain non-public information received in connection with each analytical process. 

Need Help? 

If you have any further questions contact the CSA Helpline at csa@spglobal.com 

Additional Links

While companies are certainly encouraged to do so, please be advised that we do not review or approve press releases at this time.  

 

General Guidance  

 

When communicating your company’s ESG Scores, please be sure to adhere to the following guidelines to ensure compliance with S&P Global’s communication standards: 

 

Do 

Do Not 

   

Include the score release date in all communications. 

X 

Compare scores against competitors (e.g., Company X scores better than Company Y”). 

   

Follow the disclaimer when sharing your company’s benchmarking scorecard. 

X 

Communicate percentile rank until all the scores for relevant companies in your selected peer group have also been released. 

   

Leverage the suggested wording from the sample statements below. 

 

X 

Infer membership to the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) BEFORE the official announcement in mid-December (these results are announced separately from the release of ESG Scores).  

 

 
Sample Statements 

 

Please refer to the following sample statements when communicating about S&P Global Scores: 
 

Reference To 

Example 

S&P Global ESG Score 

Our company scored XX (out of 100) in the 2022 S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment (Score date: DATE) 

S&P Global ESG Score (with reference to previous prior years) 

Our company scored XX in the 2022 S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment reflecting an improvement of X points over the last Y years. (Score date: DATE) 

Dimension Scores 

Our company scored XX (out of 100) in the 2022 S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment, achieving a score of XX (out of 100) [alternatively full score for 100/100] in the Environmental/Social/Economic dimension (either listing all or just one dimension). (Score date: DATE)” 

Criteria Scores  

 

Our company scored XX (out of 100) in the 2022 S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment, achieving a score of XX (out of 100) [alternatively full score for 100/100] in the X, Y, Z criteria out of XX total criteria OR achieving a full score in X of Y criteria. (Score date: DATE).”  

Industry Ranking 

Until the end of the methodology year (April 2023), additional companies will be assessed as part of the CSA annual cycle. As such, your company’s industry position rank is subject to change.  

 

As of DATE, our company performed in the XX percentile in the XYZ industry in the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment (add PEER GROUP DETAIL if applicable).” 

 

As of DATE, our company performed in the top third/quartile/quintile/decile (as applicable) in the XYZ Industry in the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment (add PEER GROUP DETAIL if applicable) 
 

As of DATE, our company achieved the highest (second/third highest) score out of XX companies assessed in the XYZ Industry in the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment (add PEER GROUP DETAIL if applicable) 

 

Note: Peer group detail may include: Region, country, or index eligibility (filter will be available in the Benchmarking database in December after index rebalance). 
 

Percentile 

Value 

Top Third 

>=66 

Top Quartile 

>=75 

Top Quintile 

>=80 

Top Decile 

>=90 

 

 

Important Legal Information 

 

All information, text, data, reports, images, graphics, graphs, charts, or material, including ratings or scores (all such information, “Content”), contained in this website is the exclusive property of S&P Global Inc. or its relevant subsidiary (S&P Global), or their third-party licensors and may not be copied or reproduced in any form except with the prior written permission of S&P Global. The Content, including the ESG Scores and related materials have been published here solely for informational purposes based upon information generally available to the public and from sources believed to be reliable. S&P Global reserves the right to change a company’s ESG score from time to time, in accordance with its methodologies, policies and procedures. 

 

Unless acting in accordance with the parameters of usage outlined in this document, the Content or any portion thereof may not be (i) modified, reverse engineered, reproduced, or distributed in any form or by any means, or stored in a database or retrieval system, (ii) used to create any derivative works; (iii) used as the input value or the constituent for the creation, structuring, development, calculation, maintenance, publication, distribution or any other means to derive or establish a financial index or investment strategy; or (iv) used as a component of or as the basis for corporate financing (including, without limitation, ESG-linked loans, credit facilities) or used for any investment product or financial instrument to be developed, issued, traded, sold, marketed and/or promoted, including, without limitation, a security whose capital and/or income value is calculated based on changes in value of any index or any indexed fund based on the Content in whole or in part or passively managed funds. 

 

S&P Global is committed to providing transparency to the market through high-quality independent opinions on sustainability. Safeguarding the quality, independence and integrity of S&P Global’s ESG Scores, including by identifying and managing potential conflicts of interest, is embedded in its culture and at the core of everything S&P Global does. S&P Global keeps certain activities of its business units separate from each other in order to preserve the independence and objectivity of their respective activities. As a result, certain business units of S&P Global may have information that is not available to other S&P Global units. S&P Global has established policies and procedures to maintain the confidentiality of certain non-public information received in connection with each analytical process. 

 

Need Help? 

 

If you have any further questions about communicating your CSA results, contact the CSA Helpline at csa@spglobal.com 

 

Here are some additional links you may find useful:  

 

  • Include the date of score publication in your communication.This is required as the universe of assessed companies is still increasing over the next months.
  • Do not use comparative rankings or refer to other companies, e.g.: “our company scores X points better than company Y.”

 

Statements related to your company’s position should only be communicated when all relevant companies in your selected peer group have 2022 ESG Scores and should reference a score date.