ESG Rating License

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What is ESG?

The Principles for Responsible Investment, launched in 2005, introduced a core set of actions that investors could take to incorporate ESG factors into their investment process

The idea of taking environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into account in investment decision-making is today a widely accepted practice. 

Investors globally are increasingly incorporating ESG data and analysis into a multitude of investment approaches. From ethical and faith-based investors aligning investment decisions to their values to traditional financial institutions mitigating risk and searching for opportunities. 

As investor interest in corporate sustainability increased, so too did company disclosures of relevant ESG data. Information such as carbon emissions, water use and health and safety data are commonly shared in the annual sustainability reports of companies globally.


The number of organizations publishing sustainability report through the Global Reporting Initiative, the world’s most widely used sustainability report framework, increased from 43 in 2000 to 3,700 in 2017. Over 80% of the world’s large corporations currently provide ESG information to the market through the GRI.

About Sustainalytics’ ESG Risk Ratings

With ESG-related considerations increasingly being integrated into investment processes, investors are seeking to better understand the ESG risk exposure facing specific companies and portfolios of companies.

Sustainalytics' ESG Risk Ratings offer investors a distinct risk signal and deep insights into why certain ESG issues are considered material for a company and how well a company is managing those risks.

Supported by a robust materiality framework, Sustainalytics' ESG Risk Ratings provide a quantitative measure of unmanaged ESG risk for more than 10,000 companies. The Ratings distinguish between five levels of risk: negligible, low, medium, high and severe.

Sustainalytics' ESG Risk Ratings combine the concepts of management and exposure to arrive at an assessment of ESG risk that is comparable across all industries. With the risk assessments being absolute rather than relative to a group of peers, investors have a clear lens into a company's performance relative to any other company in any subindustry or region.

Learn more about the ESG Risk Ratings by downloading the resources below:

Investors are using your ESG rating and so should you

Investors at every level are looking beyond traditional financial factors to environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG)-related investment information to better evaluate companies’ resiliency and performance. With an ESG Ratings License, you can communicate your company’s management of these risks to interested stakeholders.

Understand your exposure to Material ESG Issues and how they may impact shareholder value.

Compare company scores across sectors and within a sub-industry.

Help internal and external stakeholders understand your ESG risk profile.

ESG Ratings License, Put your ESG Score to use

Use your ESG Ratings License to communicate your ESG performance to internal and external stakeholders. Evaluate, monitor and share your ESG performance as part of organizational goal setting, investor communications, marketing, or for capital raising.

Access preferred interest rates for ESG-linked financial instruments.

Cite your ESG score in marketing materials, on your  website, and in investor and stakeholder communications.

Publish your ratings in your sustainability and financial reports to highlight your ESG performance to stakeholders.

Use your score to help set management and sustainability ESG targets within your organization

A Trusted Name in ESG Research

Our experience
Sustainalytics is a leading global provider of environmental, social, governance (ESG) and corporate governance data, research and analysis for investors. For over 25 years, we have worked with hundreds of the world’s leading institutional investors who incorporate ESG and corporate governance information and assessments into their investment processes. Sustainalytics also works closely with strategic partners such as Morningstar, Bloomberg, FactSet and Yahoo Finance to bring ESG ratings and analysis to millions of investors globally.

Our ratings
Our flagship rating, the ESG Risk Ratings, is based on a two-dimensional materiality framework – ESG risk management and ESG risk exposure. The Risk Ratings, combined with qualitative analysis, provides deeper insights into the materiality of certain ESG issues for a company and what the company is doing to manage them effectively. The Rating is comprises three central building blocks: corporate governance, material ESG issues and idiosyncratic issues. Company feedback in also an integral part of the research process.

Our recognitions
Over the last three consecutive years, investors have named Sustainalytics among the top three firms for both ESG and corporate governance research in the Independent Research in Responsible Investment Survey.

Largest External Reviewer

Most Impressive Second Opinion Provider


Japan Green Bond Awards

Minister of the Environment Award (Japan Green Contributor category)

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