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Sustainability & Climate Indices

For over two decades, our indices have brought transparency to sustainability. Incorporating world-renowned datasets and accounting for global standards, these indices span assets classes to deliver a 360-degree view of environmental, social, and governance risk, opportunity, and impact. Our comprehensive, flexible suite of solutions includes broad-market sustainability indices rooted in the iconic S&P 500®, and regional headline benchmarks, net zero and low-carbon climate approaches, and thematic strategies targeting hydrogen and clean energy, among other themes.

Sustainability Indices

Our sustainability indices include broad-market indices such as the S&P 500 ESG Index, targeting the top 75% of the float market capitalization of each GICS® industry group by S&P DJI ESG Score, best-in-class indices such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), which target the top 10% of sustainability performers, and more.

The S&P 500 ESG Index Turns 5!

The S&P 500® ESG Index celebrated its fifth birthday on Jan. 28, 2024. Over the past five years, the sustainability index has become an important piece of the sustainable indexing puzzle for investors looking to leverage the strength of the S&P 500 while incorporating meaningful and measurable sustainability-focused enhancements.

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Climate Indices

Designed to address climate change and the transition to a low-carbon economy, climate indices address different carbon reduction objectives—including carbon-efficient and fossil-fuel-free-strategies. The indices use both current and forward-looking approaches, as well as those that align with the Task Force for Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

S&P PACT™ Indices (Paris Aligned and Climate Transition Indices)

These innovative climate indices track the performance of eligible equity securities, selected and weighted to be collectively compatible with a 1.5ºC global warming climate scenario, in addition to several other climate-themed objectives.


S&P Fossil Fuel Free Indices

These climate indices measure the performance of companies that don’t own fossil fuel reserves, defined as economically and technically recoverable sources of crude oil, natural gas, and thermal coal.


S&P Carbon Efficient Indices

These climate indices over-weight companies with lower levels of carbon emissions and under-weight companies with higher levels per unit of revenue.


S&P Net Zero 2050 Carbon Budget Indices

These climate indices aim to reduce the carbon ownership of an index in correspondence with the carbon budget from the IPCC, with an 83% chance of limiting warming to 1.5ºC by applying the decarbonization pathway that would be needed by the world at the index level.


S&P GSCI Climate Aware Index

Backed by market-leading datasets, the S&P GSCI Climate Aware Index is the first broad-based commodity index to incorporate environmental metrics.


Thematic Sustainability Indices

Our thematic sustainability indices focus on a range of themes, from clean energy and natural resources to infrastructure and green real estate. Innovations in the way we construct indices, including advanced machine learning techniques, allow us to identify and track the megatrends reshaping our future.

Thematic Sustainability Indices

These sustainability indices include strategies focused on investing in water, clean energy, and clean tech.


Green Real Estate Indices

These indices include strategies focused on green RESIs and REITs, with company weights modified to tilt the indices toward stronger performers according to GRESB's real estate sustainability assessment.


Corporate Effectiveness Index

The S&P/Drucker Institute Corporate Effectiveness Index is designed to track stocks in the S&P 500® that consistently rank highly on proprietary management criteria.


Religious Indices

The S&P Catholic Value indices exclude certain activities that are not aligned with the Responsible Investment Guidelines of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). They are designed for investors who do not want to breach religious norms in their passive investing strategies.


Fixed Income Sustainability Indices

As the global green bond market continues to grow, our indices are helping investors assess greenium and the potential opportunity set. Leveraging proprietary and third-party sustainability datasets, our indices provide the marketplace with the insights needed to implement sustainable fixed income strategies.

Custom Solutions

You have the idea. We’ll create the index. Drawing on a wealth of experience and industry knowledge, we provide custom index solutions for banks, ETF providers, asset managers, and other institutions globally.

Why custom indices?

Expertise & Experience

We calculate over 10,000 custom headline indices for more than 150 clients around the world. All of these indices are managed with the same rigorous processes and robust infrastructure used to calculate our flagship indices.

Brand Association

The S&P Dow Jones Indices name is widely associated with quality, integrity, and transparency. This brand equity can be leveraged through the “Calculated by S&P Dow Jones Indices” mark, which is made available to all custom index clients.

Extensive Coverage

Our index and constituent database spans all major asset classes and covers more than 33,000 securities in 96 countries.

Client Services

A dedicated custom team supports our clients globally. We provide “follow the sun” coverage with representatives in Beijing, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Amsterdam, London, New York, and Mexico City.

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Why S&P Global’s Sustainability & Climate Indices?

Accelerate Your Sustainability Journey

Gain unparalleled insight into critical topics like ESG performance, net zero, energy transition, sustainable financing, regulatory compliance and more.

Discover End-to-End Market Perspectives

Leverage intelligence that is tried-and-tested throughout the global value chain, applying deep knowledge of corporate sustainability assessments that scales analytics for asset owners, investment managers and banks.

Connect Your Workflows

Link sustainability data with financial data and market intelligence, and dig deep with screening tools, real time updates, data visualizations and customized dashboards.

Increase Your Productivity

Access data when and how you want it with flexible delivery options that include a leading desktop solution, APIs, data feeds and cloud access, underpinned by robust data linking, AI and machine-learning technologies.

Rely on a Deep Heritage of Innovation

Put 20+ years of experience behind your sustainability strategy, getting ahead of disclosure trends with active corporate engagement and granular data modelling, and delivering enhanced solutions recognized by numerous industry awards.

Enjoy Superior Customer Service

Know you have 24x7x365 backup and specialist assistance from ESG specialists and research analysts across our global offices.