With publicly traded companies increasing their focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance, it would only make sense that investors and stakeholders would have similar expectations of private companies planning to go public. Setting off early on the ESG journey can emphasize your company’s commitment to sustainability and demonstrate its awareness of the impact these factors have on business operations. As companies prepare to list on a stock exchange, acquiring a third-party ESG assessment can provide credibility to your sustainability initiatives and generate more interest about your initial public offering (IPO).
Benefits of the IPO ESG Assessment
Showcase your company’s ESG performance in the IPO prospectus.
Meet investor expectations for ESG reporting and transparency.
Demonstrate your commitment to ESG and generate interest in your public offering.
Identify gaps in ESG disclosures and set improvement objectives.
Being rated by Sustainalytics can help your company be considered for sustainable/ESG indices.
Attract a broader set of investors
The IPO ESG Assessment includes
An ESG Risk Rating score and assessment summary that can be used in the prospectus, IPO roadshow, and marketing materials.
Complete assessment of the company’s shareholder policies, its board/executives and their remuneration against set standards.
Six-pillar assessment of the company’s corporate governance to accurately reflect its post-IPO state.
An ESG insight presentation at the end of the research process to facilitate better understanding of the research.
Opportunity to provide feedback on the draft assessment and meet directly with our research analysts.
Full control over privacy and disclosure of the assessment.
Examples of our IPO ESG Assessment
"In 2021, we engaged Sustainalytics, a globally recognized independent ESG assessment provider, to perform a broad-based Corporate ESG Assessment of Allbirds. Sustainalytics assessed us as having an overall indicative Corporate ESG Assessment score of 14.7, which places Allbirds in the “low risk” category as of August 2021."
"Vår Energi, a leading oil and gas producer on the Norwegian continental shelf, is pleased to announce that it has received an indicative Corporate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Assessment from Sustainalytics, a globally recognized ESG research, ratings and data firm. The indicative Corporate ESG Assessment score recognizes Vår Energi’s integration of ESG factors in risk management and strategy for long- term value creation.
Sustainalytics assessed Vår Energi as having an overall indicative Corporate ESG Assessment score of 30.1 as of December 2021. The indicative score would place Vår Energi 14 out of 155, or in the 9th percentile, among Oil and Gas Exploration and Production companies assessed by Sustainalytics."
Source: Var Energi
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