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Assess ESG Risks in Your Portfolio with Data-Driven & Analyst-Led ESG Ratings

BROWSE ISS ESG THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

Evaluate companies’ ESG-related risks, opportunities, and impact along the corporate value chain, with ISS ESG’s Corporate Rating.

The ESG ratings are supported by a global team of in-house ESG experts led by a team of sector heads with significant capital markets experience, who bring further depth of sectoral expertise to the team.

ACCESS HIGHLY RELEVANT, MATERIAL, AND FORWARD-LOOKING ESG RATINGS

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Develop investible
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Inform your proxy voting
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Identify companies for
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Report on portfolio ESG metrics
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IFRS Sustainability Alliance Member

As a IFRS Alliance Member, ISS ESG aims to educate asset owners and asset managers on the importance of ESG materiality and the inclusion of performance information for a successful ESG integration.

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Holistic Approach to Assessing Sustainability Through a Double-materiality Lens

Building on extensive experience and expertise
in the field of ESG

ISS ESG has developed a holistic, gradual,
and forward-looking concept of materiality
that focuses on long-term value creation.

ISS’ ESG performance analysis assesses risks and impacts related to all relevant stakeholders such as:

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EMPLOYEES

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SUPPLIERS

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CUSTOMERS

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COMMUNITIES

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ECOSYSTEMS

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PRIME STATUS

Awarded to companies with an ESG performance above the sector-specific Prime threshold, which means that they fulfil ambitious absolute performance requirements.

ESG CORPORATE RATING PERFORMANCE SCALE

Companies are rated, from D- to A+, on their sustainability performance on an absolute best-in-class basis.

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Introducing the Financial and ESGF (ESG + Financial) Ratings

The Financial Rating is a standalone rating that can be used on its own to assess companies’ financial performance. The ESGF Rating combines the Financial Rating and ESG Rating to provide a holistic assessment of companies’ performance. Both ratings and the underlying data factors leverage data from ISS EVA, an established standard in measuring, analyzing, projecting, valuing, and discounting a firm’s underlying economic profit rather than its accounting profit.

High-level and detailed company reports are available for download on ISS ESG’s proprietary DataDesk platform. Recent enhancements to the reports include:

  • New design that presents key outputs and signals in an easily digestible manner
  • Further insights related to Key Issues (Key Issue detail, Key Issue materiality graph)
  • Introduction of new financial (EVA Margin), SDG-, and climate-related scores and metrics
  • Additional rating performance summary pages
  • Integration of a year-on-year trend factor at the indicator level
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THE ISS ESG DIFFERENCE

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Absolute performance assessments, beyond
‘best-in-class’

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Transparent disclosure of all indicator scores and weights

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Industry- and company-specific approach to assessing material ESG risks and opportunities

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Systematic consideration of the impact of companies’ products and services on the UN SDGs

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Alignment with market expectations and regulatory frameworks on materiality

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Continuous issuer dialogue and feedback are key components of the quality assurance process

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Methodology is guided by established international guidelines, such as the

  • UN Global Compact
  • UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • International Labour Organization
  • OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
  • UN Principles for Responsible Investment
  • EU Sustainable Finance Regulation

EXPLORE ESG RATINGS

Access a range of high-level ISS ESG Corporate Ratings
via the ISS ESG Gateway.

ESG RATINGS INSIGHTS & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

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WHITEPAPER

An Investor’s Guide to the Circular Economy

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REPORT

InFocus: Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

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The Cobalt Conundrum: Net Zero Necessity vs Supply Chain Concerns

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