S&P DJI makes it possible to make a sustainable difference. For over two decades, our indices have brought transparency to ESG and helped transform sustainability from a peripheral consideration into an important aspect of corporate evaluation. Our indices—including those based on the iconic S&P 500—incorporate world-renowned datasets from the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment and S&P Global Trucost Data & Analytics, which help mitigate physical, climate, social and governance risks.

Offering market participants flexible ways to align with the objectives of the Paris Agreement and incorporate other global and regional standards, our index solutions range from broad-market ESG, net zero, and low-carbon climate approaches across asset classes to thematic strategies, including those targeting hydrogen and clean energy.

Our ESG Solutions

  • Broad-Market ESG

    Designed to maintain broad benchmark-like industry group weights while excluding companies that don’t meet S&P DJI-specified sustainability criteria.

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  • Climate

    Designed to align with climate regulations and objectives including net zero and carbon reduction.

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  • Fixed Income ESG

    Tracking bonds created to finance qualifying investments that generate measurable societal and/or environmental benefits.

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  • Thematic ESG

    Designed to focus on specialized areas including clean energy, natural resources, “green” real estate and more.

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  • Custom ESG

    Leveraging our extensive indexing expertise and comprehensive data solutions, customized ESG indices can help address client-defined specific objectives and get ahead of emerging sustainability trends.

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Broad-Market ESG

Our broad-market ESG solutions, including the flagship S&P 500 ESG Index, select companies based on robust datasets that account for industry-specific, financially material ESG opportunities and risks. Designed to maintain broad benchmark-like industry group weights while excluding companies that don’t meet S&P DJI-specified sustainability criteria, our headline ESG indices span the globe and also serve as the foundation for higher-conviction ESG indices.

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Our climate indices leverage powerful data from S&P Global Trucost to address a range of carbon reduction objectives. Many of these indices align with recommendations of the Task Force for Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and climate benchmark standards proposed by the EU Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance.

  • Net Zero

    Net Zero

    We offer a robust and growing series of market indices for climate-focused investors seeking to align with the guidelines set out by the Paris Agreement to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. The S&P PACT™ Indices (S&P Paris-Aligned & Climate Transition Indices) incorporate the European Union's requirements for Low Carbon Benchmarks and utilize robust datasets and science-based assessments of companies’ climate risks and opportunities.

    Explore how our Net Zero indices go further than the EU Benchmark requirements by employing additional climate datasets.
  • Low Carbon

    Low Carbon

    Our carbon indices are built on robust S&P Global Trucost datasets covering 14,000 companies and representing 99% of global market capitalization. We offer four carbon exposure metrics, which can be integrated into our global indices to help market participants understand and measure carbon risk.
  • Fossil Fuel Free

    Fossil Fuel Free

    Our fossil fuel free 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.

Climate Research & Insights

  • Identifying and Implementing Net Zero by 2050

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  • Explaining the Outperformance of the Net Zero Indices

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  • Navigating Climate Risk with Indices

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  • Climate ESG Index Dashboard

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  • Net Zero Resource Center

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Thematics ESG

Our thematics ESG indices focus on a range of sustainability 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.
  • Adding ESG Transparency to Real Estate

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  • Aligning Income with ESG: The S&P ESG Dividend Aristocrats

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  • Gauging Opportunities from the Hydrogen Economy

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  • Driving Toward a Greener Future

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  • Emerging Market Listed Companies Enter the S&P Global Clean Energy Index

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Customizing ESG

Our wide range of ESG datasets can be leveraged to create customized ESG index solutions and get ahead of emerging or underreported sustainability trends. From clean energy to carbon credits, our comprehensive datasets provide the tools needed to build targeted, bespoke sustainable strategies.

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The Data Behind the Indices

Our indices are backed by world-renowned ESG data and analytics.

S&P Global ESG Scores

S&P Global ESG Scores are the data foundation powering the globally recognized Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, S&P 500 ESG Index, and others in the S&P ESG Index Series. Unlike ESG datasets that rely simply on publicly available information, S&P Global ESG Scores are uniquely informed by a combination of verified company disclosures, media and stakeholder analysis, and in-depth company engagement via the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA), providing unparalleled access to 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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S&P Global Trucost Data & Analytics

S&P Global Trucost has been assessing risks relating to climate change, natural resource constraints, and broader environmental, social, and governance factors since 2000. Today Trucost intelligence continues to help corporations, financial institutions, and governments to build resilience and get ahead in the transition to a low carbon, sustainable and equitable future — as well as being the data and analytics engine that powers many of S&P DJI’s ESG solutions. Trucost data assesses risks relating to climate change, natural resource constraints, and broader ESG factors through a complete environmental performance profile encompassing carbon emissions and other pollutant impacts, water use, natural resource dependency and waste disposal to inform investment decision making and power investment benchmarks.

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GRESB ESG Data for Real Estate

GRESB is a leader in evaluating ESG characteristics of real estate companies, providing standardized and validated ESG data to increase capital market transparency. The GRESB framework benefits from a decade of industry input from leading institutional investors, real estate companies, REITs, academic advisors, and capital providers spanning the globe. With a governance structure that assures a by-industry, for-industry approach, GRESB is able to elevate global ESG best practices in the real asset sector. Benchmarking core corporate attributes alongside ESG performance metrics provides investors with insights not previously available.

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