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Use of CSA Results

One questionnaire,
a multitude of uses

The results of the S&P Global CSA serve a wide range stakeholders and applications ranging from indices to asset management as well as company benchmarking.

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 by hundreds of thousands of stakeholders.


Sustainability Indices

CSA results are used in the creation of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) family of indices, the S&P ESG index family as well as indices that use scores at the criteria level like the S&P Long-Term Value Creation Index or the JPX/S&P CAPEX & Human Capital Index. These indices are licensed to asset managers and other institutions as the basis of index-linked investment products.

Informing investment decisions

S&P Global ESG scores' clients span across a number of industries including Asset Management, Fintech, and Central Banks. As of March 2022, S&P Global clients representing over US $26 trillion in Assets under Management now integrate S&P Global ESG scores into their investment decision-making processes. S&P Global Clients with over US $13 trillion in assets owned integrate S&P Global ESG scores into their sustainable products and services.

Data licensing

S&P Global has recently taken a decision to license S&P Global ESG scores, calculated from the CSA, and is making them available to the global investment community on the S&P Global Capital IQ Pro and the S&P Dow Jones Indices SPICE platform.

DJSI component lists

Many stakeholders use the DJSI component lists to identify leading companies and make sustainability-focused investment decisions. The DJSI component lists are downloaded over 25,000 times per year.

The Sustainability Yearbook

This year S&P Global assessed over 7000 companies and selected the top 15% for inclusion in the prestigious Yearbook. Companies receive Gold-, Silver-, Bronze-class awards and Industry Mover recognitions. The Yearbook ranking page is accessed over 100,000 times per year.

S&P Global ESG Scores website

As of February 2022 the S&P Global ESG scores, calculated from the CSA, for thousands of companies are publicly available on the S&P Global ESG Scores website.


Since 2016, percentile rankings of all assessed companies are available to a growing number of mainstream and ESG-focused investors. The Bloomberg platform has over 300,000 subscribers with over 12,000 active users of ESG data.

Use of CSA results by Corporations

The CSA converts intangible aspects of a company's sustainability performance into tangible scores. Assessed companies receive free of charge access to a powerful online Benchmarking Database. The database facilitates a detailed assessment of your company’s performance and the easy identification key areas for improvement. Read more on Benchmarking.

Use of CSA results by NGOs & the general public

Tens of thousands of non-financial stakeholders ranging from academia and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to customers and (future) employees are interested in the sustainability performance of companies and use The Sustainability Yearbook and the Industry Leader Reports as a credible, independent source of information. NGOs, Individuals, HR professionals and consultants form a large share of the 100,000 annual visitors to the online database.

Use of the CSA results for academic activities

S&P Global has implemented a proactive approach to developing its research partnerships with academic institutions. The purpose of these research collaborations is to capitalize on the value of S&P Global’s proprietary database and further develop its cutting-edge methodology for integrating sustainability into the investment process. Within this framework, S&P Global focuses on extensive collaboration with and sponsorship of selected academic institutions. Over the past years, we have been involved in research collaborations with the following academic institutions:

  • University of Paris
  • Harvard Law School (USA)
  • Griffith University (Australia)
  • Rotterdam School of Management (Netherlands)
  • University of Queensland (Australia)
  • University of Siena (Italy)