ACTIONABLE INSIGHTS: TOP ESG THEMES IN 2023
Discover key ESG risks and opportunities
for investors in 2023.
As investor demand has grown to incorporate a broad range of ESG issues, ISS’ ESG ratings offer industry-leading research and detailed data with a broad range of delivery options. ESG ratings on companies, countries and green bonds provide investors with the in-depth insight to effectively incorporate sustainability in their investment decision. Our research is instrumental in helping investors minimize ESG risks, comply with evolving regulatory and stakeholder requirements and seize opportunities.
The presence of local and global teams ensure constant review of the ratings concept and overall relevant environmental, social and governance related topics.
Our ESG experts provide on-going monitoring and research on company practices, assessing information through numerous sources and following through with expert analysis and consultation. Analysts gather information through the media and other public sources, conduct interviews with stakeholders, and collect information on company policies and practices. Extensive company and stakeholder dialogue, coupled with strict verification, ensures objectivity and exhaustiveness of the research.
ISS ESG provides financial market participants, governments and universities with carbon and climate data, ratings, analytics, and advisory services across all investment classes. ISS ESG senior climate change experts in greenhouse gas accounting and transitional and physical climate risks continuously prepare and review methodology development. We also provide a wide coverage of 25000+ listed companies and issuers of corporate debt for carbon and climate data.
Effective impact investment strategies are needed to align investments with the UN SDG requirements. Obstruction to achieving the UN SDG objectives should be minimized and the resulting economic opportunities out of positive alignment can be seized. By being able to measure the impact, investments can actively support the transformation processes required to achieve these goals.
Helping Financial Advisors with Corporate Monitor
Corporate Monitor provides financial advisors with information on the ESG performance of Australian and New Zealand companies. Our research enables ESG analysis to become an accepted part of financial planning services. It uses a five-star rating system to assess ESG performance and identify best practice. Information is drawn from our global ESG data sets and simplified into short 2-3-page reports and includes an ESG news overview.
Corporate Monitor ratings with a 15-year history
Controversy monitoring and risk assessments
Activity based screening flags
ESG portfolio analysis
Whether you are managing risk, implementing an investment strategy, or engaging companies to enhance RI policies and practices, ISS ESG can meet your needs for investment decision-making and active ownership. ISS ESG’s full product portfolio supports the implementation of global stewardship codes and principles in the investment industry.
LEADING ESG RESEARCH
FOR INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
(number of issuers)
Screening & Controversies
LOCAL PRESENCE, GLOBAL REACH
- 15 research analysts with a prime focus on Australian (ASX300) and New Zealand (NZX50) companies (ISS ESG Australia Team as of March 2021)
- 610 professionals globally (ISS ESG team as of January 2023)
- 280 analysts globally speaking more than 35 languages (ISS ESG team as of January 2023)
- 1,100 clients globally (ISS ESG clients as of January 2023)
GLOBAL REACH, LOCAL TOUCH.
ISS ESG Australia, formerly known as CAER, is a leading provider of research and services relating to the environmental, social and governance (ESG) and ethical performance of companies and investment portfolios. CAER was acquired by Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) in February 2019 and is now part of ISS ESG, the responsible investment arm of ISS.
Our team has more than 20 years of experience in working with institutional investors seeking to monitor portfolio companies’ ESG policies, practices, and disclosures.
CAER Green Ratings
Centre for Australian Ethical Research (CAER) established as ‘Green Ratings’ unit of Australian Ethical Investment, commencement of global research partnerships to offer ESG data in Australia.
Establishment of CAER spun out as stand-alone, independent business to provide tailored ESG data and ethical analysis of companies for a diversified client base.
Corporate Monitor and the Corporate Monitor Star Rating business acquired and becomes part of CAER.
ISS E&S unit
Long history in E&S space prior to 2010. ISS E&S data unit separated in 2014.
ISS Acquires Ethix SRI Advisors
Ethix acquisition provided 15+ years of industry-leading expertise in SRI issues, environmental, human rights, labor standards, corruption and controversial weapons.
ISS Acquires IW Financial
IW Financial acquisition added 15+ years expertise in ESG ratings and custom solutions.
ISS acquires Investment Climate Data division of South Pole Group
Acquisition of the Investment Climate Data division of South Pole Group which delivers climate change solutions to the financial industry.
ISS acquires EVA Dimentions
Acquisition of EVA Dimensions, offering investment insights into the Economic Value Added framework.
ISS acquires oekom AG
Acquisition of oekom AG, adding 25+ years of expertise in ESG research.
ISS Acquires CAER
CAER was acquired by Institutional Shareholder Services to become ISS ESG Australia.
ISS acquires FICO® Cyber Risk Score Business
Acquisition of FICO® Cyber Risk Score Business providing a long-term indicator of network security risk based on a diverse set of inputs, global cybersecurity threats, and proprietary analytical methods.
ISS acquires ACRe Data
Acquisition of ACRe Data, the largest provider of ESG scoring and rankings for the U.S. municipal bond marketplace.