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.

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Our Sustainability Solutions

  • Sustainability Indices

    Strategies focused on environmental, social and governance risk, opportunity and impact, including broad-market indices that maintain benchmark-like industry group weights while excluding companies that don’t meet sustainability criteria.

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  • Climate Indices

    Strategies designed to align with climate regulations and objectives, including net zero, low carbon and fossil-fuel-free approaches.

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  • Fixed Income Sustainability Indices

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

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  • Thematic Sustainability Indices

    Strategies designed to target specialized areas including clean energy, natural resources, green real estate and more.

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  • Custom Sustainability Indices

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

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Sustainability Indices

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

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Climate Indices

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

  • Combining Sectors and Sustainability

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  • Net Zero: Time Is of the Essence

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  • Navigating Climate Risk with Indices

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  • Sustainability Index Dashboard

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  • Introducing the First Benchmark Commodity Index Incorporating Environmental Metrics, the S&P GSCI Climate Aware

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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.
  • ESG Investing in U.S. Investment Grade Credit

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  • Bringing Transparency to Green Bonds

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  • From Grass to Mass: An Index-Based Approach to Measuring Greenium in Green Bonds

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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.
  • 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 Sustainability

Our wide range of sustainability datasets can be leveraged to create customized sustainability 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 sustainability 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 sustainability 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 sustainability 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 sustainability 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 sustainability solutions. Trucost data assesses risks relating to climate change, natural resource constraints, and broader sustainability 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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