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ESG Evaluation

Sustainable Practices. Sustainable Returns.

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  • The ESG Advantage
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The ESG Advantage

Investor demand for financially material Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) information is growing rapidly. Now, more than ever, investors understand the value of integrating ESG factors into their investment decisions to mitigate risks and uncover opportunities. In a February 2020 McKinsey study The ESG premium: New perspectives on value and performance’, 83 percent of C-suite leaders and investment professionals say they expect that ESG programs will contribute more shareholder value in five years than today. But the lack of consistency, engagement, and a forward view of the majority of ESG information providers result in widespread difficulties for investors looking to utilize these opinions and integrate ESG factors to gain a competitive edge.

The ESG Advantage - Exploring links to corporate financial performance
The Importance of ESG Evaluation for Investors
  • Gain deeper insights into the risk and opportunities facing businesses you are investing in;
  • Balance risk adjusted financial returns with sustainability benefits;
  • Meet your clients' needs and requests, and satisfy your ESG mandates;
  • Adhere to climate finance and regulatory investment targets and disclosure standards;
  • Investors believe ESG factors could translate to financial impact over a long term time horizon, for both fixed income and equity investments;
  • Investors believe that integrating ESG could help improve the investment outcome in terms of return enhancement or risk reduction.
The Importance of ESG Evaluation for Entities
  • Help your investors better understand your company’s strategy, corporate purpose, and management quality;
  • Benchmark your performance to understand your areas of strength and weakness and enhance your risk management processes;
  • Differentiate your sustainability efforts from your peers in the eyes of your investors and the community
  • Send a strong, pro-active message to stakeholders and appeal to more women and millennials as employees and customers;
  • Positioning your entity well in ESG could help you access a broader source of capital;
  • Be proactive and be prepared as more and more investors are requesting specific objectives around an entity’s ESG strategies and monitoring their progress.



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  • Profile
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S&P Global Ratings ESG Evaluation
S&P Global Ratings ESG Evaluation is a one of a kind assessment of a company’s ESG strategy and ability to prepare for potential future risks and opportunities. The ESG Evaluation is the ideal tool for investors in that it provides a forward looking, long term opinion of readiness for disruptive ESG risks and opportunities. The methodology is founded on our analysts’ sector and company expertise, relying upon in-depth engagement with company management to assess material ESG impacts on the company, past, present and future.

Environmental, Social, And Governance Evaluation Analytical Approach
ESG Evaluation Profile
Profile development assesses the exposure of an entity's operations to observable ESG risks and opportunities, accounting for corporate governance in mitigating risks and capitalizing on opportunities.

ESG Risk Atlas
S&P Global Ratings has created the ESG Risk Atlas to provide a view of relative environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risks we see around the world. The Atlas, which takes the form of an online infographic, reflects our observations about various ESG risks that different sectors and geographies face.

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Preparedness
Preparedness assesses a company's capacity to anticipate and adapt to a variety of long-term plausible disruptions and growth opportunities.

FAQ: How We Apply Our ESG Evaluation Analytical Approach


Final ESG Score

The S&P Global Ratings ESG Evaluation report provides our analysts combined view of the ESG Profile of the company and its Preparedness assessment.

The ESG Profile reflects the entity's current activities and starts by applying the outputs from the S&P Global Ratings ESG Risk Atlas to the entity's sector and regional footprint. Our company analysis reflects our view of the extent to which the company has mitigated these risks. The Preparedness assessment evaluates the entity's capacity to anticipate and adapt to a variety of long term plausible disruptions.

Our analysis draws on the industry expertise of our global team of analysts and discussions with the company’s management and board. It provides a relative overall ESG Score which allows comparison with other entities globally, including sector peers.

If requested, S&P Global Ratings may assess an entity against TCFD disclosure standards.


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Why Should Companies Get an ESG Evaluation?

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Why Get An ESG Evaluation?

SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA)

In January 2020, S&P Global acquired the SAM ESG Ratings and Benchmarking business from RobecoSAM (SAM), which includes the widely-recognized SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA), an annual evaluation of a company’s sustainability practices. The CSA has been carefully developed over twenty years and is regarded year over year as the leading ESG assessment for quality and usefulness by global sustainability professionals. Since 1999, SAM and S&P Dow Jones Indices have teamed up to utilize the CSA as the performance indicator for inclusion on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) and the new S&P ESG Index family including the S&P 500® ESG and S&P Global 1200 ESG.

S&P Global Ratings will replace the diagnostic with the CSA questionnaire as the tool to gather companies’ public and private material ESG information. The CSA together with SAM’s accumulated expertise are helping us to streamline the ESG Evaluation workflow process and fine tune our ESG Risk Atlas calibrations.

Read more about the CSA, its uses and benefits here.





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