Companies today are more deeply understanding the materiality of their ESG policies and practices and are stepping up to meet the expectations of their key stakeholders, including their employees, their shareholders and society in general. As awareness of ESG factors has grown, so has the interest among companies to proactively and clearly communicate what they are doing in the area of corporate responsibility.
Leveraging a recognized third party rating service can add credibility to your ESG story. That’s why investor relations officers, corporate sustainability officers, marketing chiefs, human resource heads and others in executive management are increasingly licensing their Sustainalytics’ ESG Rating for a variety of stakeholder use cases.
Sustainalytics’ ESG Risk Ratings License allows companies to use the ESG Risk Rating and reports for various internal and/or external corporate purposes. Increasingly companies are leveraging their ESG performance data as part of their capital raising activities, marketing and promotion programs, investor relations outreach and employee communications initiatives.
Key Benefits and Features
Disclose your Sustainability Commitments
Make a statement to the market and investors about your ESG impact. Gain a better understanding of your company’s performance on material ESG factors, and areas for improvement.
Leverage your ESG score
Increase the credibility of your sustainability efforts to investors and stakeholders by leveraging Sustainalytics’ globally recognized brand with our “Rated by Sustainalytics” Badge.*
Access your full ESG Risk Rating report
Engage with your company’s ESG data and understand the way investors view your practices. Get a contextual view into how various ESG risk factors and indicators impact your ESG rating over time with an Annual Score Change Report. The ESG Event Alert Report provides updates that highlight any ESG score changes due to controversies that may occur.
Align your ESG Risk Rating report with other reports
Set the date for when your ESG rating is researched to have your report updated annually to coincide with your sustainability or annual report release.
Use Cases for an ESG Risk Rating License
Leverage your company’s ESG Risk Rating to support capital raising activities such as the issuance of green, social, or sustainability bonds.
Supply Chain Assessments
Share your ESG Risk Rating with customer organizations looking for greater insight into the sustainability of their supply chain. Companies with large, globally diversified supplier portfolios can benefit from our ESG Assessment Platform.
Align your ESG practices and profile with investor expectations. Leverage your ESG rating to broaden your company’s appeal to new types of investors thereby broadening your shareholder base.
Debt and Equity Roadshows
Publish your ESG Risk Rating in green bond roadshows to give investors’ confidence that your company is effectively managing sustainability-related risks.
Sustainable Financing and Lending
Leverage your company’s ESG Risk Rating to access favorable terms for sustainability-linked loans or issue sustainability-linked bonds.
Marketing and Corporate Communications
Raise awareness about your company’s ESG performance among internal and external stakeholders to help support your organization’s marketing and public profile.
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