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The corporate sustainability assessment

Sustainability Yearbook: Methodology Overview

Over 7,000 companies* assessed in the 2020 Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) were considered for The Sustainability Yearbook. Only 631 companies with top scores made it into the Yearbook this year.

*as of January 22nd, 2021

Within each industry, companies with a minimum total score of 60 and whose score is within 1% of the top-performing company’s score in their industry receive the SAM Gold Class award.

All companies receiving a total score of at least 57 and whose score is within a range of 1% to 5% of the industry’s top-performing company’s score receive the SAM Silver Class distinction.

Companies whose score is at least 54 and is within a range of 5% to 10% of the industry’s top-performing company’s score receive the SAM Bronze Class distinction.

Companies within the top 15% of each industry that participated in the CSA last year and this year, achieved an improvement in their S&P Global ESG Score of at least five percent, and achieved the strongest improvement in their industry, are awarded an Industry Mover distinction.

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Sustainability Yearbook Member

All companies that have been included in the Yearbook, but that have not received a medal distinction, are listed as a Sustainability Yearbook Member. In order to be listed in the Yearbook, companies must be within the top 15% of their industry and must achieve a score within 30% of their industry’s top performing company.

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Methodology

Universe
The selection of companies in the Sustainability Yearbook 2021 is based on The 2020 Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA). The underlying universe of companies was determined on January 22nd, 2021, covering all companies assessed in the 2020 CSA until that date. A first batch of 3,429 companies was assessed in November 2020, to select leading companies for inclusion in relevant Dow Jones Sustainability Indices. Additional 3,604 companies were assessed since for inclusion in The Sustainability Yearbook, as part of our continuous assessment process. This includes dozens of large private companies that contracted the CSA as a service. By April 2021, S&P Global will increase the number of assessed companies to over 10,000. As a result, the ranking of companies within an industry may also change. The most up to date S&P Global ESG Scores and ranks for all assessed companies are available on the S&P Global website www.spglobal.com/esg.

Selection
In order to be listed in the Yearbook, companies must be within the top 15% of their industry and must achieve an S&P Global ESG Score within 30% of their industry’s top-performing company. The Sustainability Yearbook aims to distinguish those companies that have each demonstrated their strengths in the area of corporate sustainability. As sustainability performance accelerates, S&P Global increasingly sees value in rewarding groups of top-performing companies, rather than focusing on individual company ranks. The selection of companies into the different Yearbook award classes is explained on the previous page.

S&P Global ESG Scores
S&P Global ESG Scores are based on the assessment of corporate sustainability performance in the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA). Scores are from 0 – 100 (best). As the CSA applies 61 industry-specific questionnaires, the scores should not be used to rank companies across industries and should be reviewed within the context of each CSA industry. All scores used for the Yearbook selection reflect the results of S&P Global’s Media & Stakeholder Analysis (MSA) as of December 18, 2020 as well as the most recent decisions regarding company exclusions from the DJSI that have been taken by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index Committee.

Controversy Screening
As a prerequisite, a qualitative screen based on the MSA is applied to determine eligibility for inclusion in The Sustainability Yearbook regardless of the score derived from the CSA. The MSA is based on an examination of media coverage and publicly available stakeholder information provided by RepRisk ESG Business Intelligence and evaluates a company’s response to critical sustainability issues that may arise during the year. This process aligns the Yearbook’s methodology with any decision by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices Committee to exclude a company from the DJSI, which is also based on the MSA.

Corporate Actions
S&P Global monitors corporate actions throughout the year. For merged companies, the surviving entity will be considered for the Yearbook based on the score of the company assessed which S&P Global deems to be the surviving entity. If a company is delisted as a result of a corporate action prior to the end of October, it will no longer be eligible for inclusion in the Sustainability Yearbook, given that the entity no longer exists. Company names and countries are reviewed periodically and updated to the best of S&P Global’s knowledge at the time of publication. Changes occurring after this date may not be reflected in the printed version of the Yearbook, but may be updated on the S&P Global Sustainability Yearbook website.


  • 2020 Corporate Sustainability Assessment
    61 industries

    7,032 companies assessed

    215,412 documents uploaded

    7,326,870 data points collected