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ESG Scores

S&P Global ESG Scores – and the CSA research process that underpins them – form the basis of an ecosystem that actively drives corporate disclosures and raises the bar on sustainability standards over time.

What sets S&P Global ESG Scores apart?

Unlike ESG datasets that rely simply on publicly available information, S&P Global ESG Scores are uniquely informed by in-depth company engagement via the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA), with ESG datapoints checked against reliable public sources for every company we assess, in addition to media and stakeholder analysis, providing access to detailed ESG insights before they reach others.

Companies collectively contribute hundreds of thousands of hours in every assessment cycle, while S&P Global analysts validate disclosures for both accuracy and relevance, discuss methodologies and measurement best-practices, and provide ongoing feedback. Unlike any other ESG dataset available in the market today, S&P Global ESG Scores – and the CSA research process that underpins them – form the basis of a unique ecosystem that actively drives corporate disclosures and raises the bar on sustainability standards over time.

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The S&P Global ESG Score is a relative score measuring a company’s performance on and management of ESG risks, opportunities, and impacts compared to their peers within the same industry classification.

More data. Deeper analysis. Clearer picture.

Informed by investment practitioners with investment processes in mind.

Built on company engagement working with companies for >20 years.

Used by companies to derive measurable change.

Double materiality approach.

Relative scoring compares peer performance within the same industry.

Independent assurance of analytical processes provides quality assurance.

Discover the depth and breadth of our sustainability data

The S&P Global ESG Score measures a company’s performance on and management of material ESG risks, opportunities, and impacts informed by a combination of company disclosures, media and stakeholder analysis, modelling approaches, and in-depth company engagement via the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA).

S&P Global ESG Scores are measured on a scale of 0 – 100, where 100 represents the maximum score. Points are awarded at the question-level, with an average of 130 per company, based on our assessment of up to 1,000 underlying data points according to pre-defined scoring frameworks that assess their availability, quality, relevance, and performance on sustainability topics.

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Driven by a focus on materiality

The S&P Global ESG Score uses a double materiality approach whereby a sustainability issue is considered to be material if it presents a significant impact on society or the environment and a significant impact on a company’s value drivers, competitive position, and long-term shareholder value creation.

Social Dimensions
Criteria Topics

  • Addressing Cost Burden
  • Asset Closure Management
  • Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy
  • Financial Inclusion
  • Health Outcome Contribution
  • Human Capital Development
  • Human Rights
  • Labor Practice Indicators
  • Local Impact of Business Operations
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Partnerships Towards Sustainable Healthcare
  • Passenger Safety
  • Responsibility of Content
  • Social Impacts on Communities
  • Social Integration & Regeneration
  • Social Reporting
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Strategy to Improve Access to Drugs or Products
  • Talent Attraction & Retention
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Environmental Dimension
Criteria Topics

  • Biodiversity
  • Building Materials
  • Climate Strategy
  • Co-Processing
  • Electricity Generation
  • Environmental Policy & Management Systems
  • Environmental Reporting
  • Fuel Efficiency
  • Genetically Modified Organisms
  • Low Carbon Strategy
  • Mineral Waste Management
  • Operational Eco-Efficiency
  • Packaging
  • Product Stewardship
  • Raw Material Sourcing
  • Recycling Strategy
  • Resource Conservation & Resource Efficiency
  • Sustainable Forestry Practices
  • Transmission & Distribution
  • Water Operations
  • Water-Related Risks
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Governance & Economic
Criteria Topics

  • Anti-Crime Policy & Measures
  • Brand Management
  • Codes of Business Conduct
  • Compliance with Applicable Export Control Regimes
  • Corporate Governance
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Efficiency
  • Energy Mix
  • Financial Stability & Systemic Risk
  • Fleet Management
  • Health & Nutrition
  • Information Security/Cybersecurity & System Availability
  • Innovation Management
  • Market Opportunities
  • Marketing Practices
  • Materiality
  • Network Reliability
  • Policy Influence
  • Principles for Sustainable Insurance
  • Privacy Protection
  • Product Quality & Recall Management
  • Reliability
  • Risk & Crisis Management
  • Strategy for Emerging Markets
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Sustainable Construction
  • Sustainable Finance
  • Water-Related Risks
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Delivering unparalleled accuracy and relevance

The CSA delivers unparalleled insight into corporate sustainability practices, drawing on decades of engagement with thousands of companies each year. It goes far deeper than simply determining how transparent companies are by also uncovering how well they really manage the ESG risks and opportunities they face - including those new and underreported topics of growing importance that have yet to reach the disclosure agenda.

S&P Global ESG Scores thus provide the deepest possible insight into companies’ ESG performance, with accurate assessments not swayed by readily available data, while also playing a leading role in shaping the sustainability landscape by introducing new topics and advocating for improved standards and disclosure over time.

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