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ESG MUNI QUALITYSCORE

Assess the ESG performance of U.S. municipal bonds with a unique scoring solution.

BROWSE ISS ESG THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

Municipal bonds can play a large role in shifting capital flows to investments that address societal issues and have a tangible impact on local communities. The ISS ESG Muni QualityScore provides ESG scoring for the U.S. municipal market at the GEO.id level, as well as at the CUSIP6 level for issuers.

LARGEST COVERAGE IN THE MARKET

The ESG Muni QualityScore offers fixed income investors an unmatched level of transparency by providing ESG rankings, scores, and underlying data for municipal bonds in all 50 states.

DETAILED ANALYSIS OF KEY ESG ISSUES

ENVIRONMENTAL

Water

  • Flood Plain risk (100 year flood)
  • Superfund Sites
  • Fracking Wells
  • Drought Conditions
  • Water Use

Infrastructure 

  • Bridges Deemed Structurally Deficient
  • Dams at risk of failure

Climate Change

  • Air Quality
  • Water Quality
  • Rising Sea Levels (Coast)
  • Heat Index

Air

  • Power Plant Emissions
  • Solid Waste
  • Fracking Wells

Land 

  • Coal Ash pits / landfills
  • Declarations of Disaster (Incidents)
  • Lyme Disease
  • Flood Plain risk (100 year flood)
  • Superfund Sites
SOCIAL

Personal Infrastructure 

  • Dentists per capita
  • Doctors per capita
  • Firefighters per capita
  • Police per capita
  • Teacher / Student ratio

Economy

  • Employment – Firm Concentration Risk
  • Employment – Industry Concentration Risk

Financial

  • Debt per Resident (County)
  • Debt per Student (School District)
  • Real Estate Taxes
GOVERNANCE

Health

  • Cancer (Incidence Rates)
  • Counties at Risk (CDC) – HIV / Zika
  • Diabetes (prevalence)
  • Mortality Overdose Rates
  • Obesity Rates
  • Opioid Prescriptions
  • Safe Drinking Water Violations

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher

Support

  • Homelessness

Employment

  • Employment Parity Score (Gender)
  • Employment Parity Score (Racial)
  • Unemployment Rate

Crime

  • Crime (Violent and Property)
  • Crime (Violent and Property) –
    Cost of

Technology 

  • Ransomware/ Cyberattack

Housing

  • Median Housing Value
  • Home Ownership
  • Vacancy Rate

Income

  • Gini Index (Income Distribution)
  • Median Income

Census

  • Population
  • Poverty Rate

SERVING A BROAD RANGE OF FINANCIAL MARKET PARTICIPANTS

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MANAGE DIVERSE INVESTOR NEEDS & ENHANCE CLIENT OFFERINGS

A U.S. Based Wealth Manager

CHALLENGE

A wealth manager with over $60 billion in U.S. municipal bonds, covering over 10,000 positions, had begun to build out a database with the goal of assessing the ESG performance of their municipal assets. The wealth manager only had basic data elements in place and needed a deep dive approach to be able to accurately assess risk.

SOLUTION

By utilizing the ESG Muni QualityScore, and underlying data, the client was able to quickly build out the database it envisioned to assess risk in this very large marketplace. The client was also able to build out its own ESG scoring solution, while utilizing the ESG Muni QualityScore as an internal benchmark.

ISS ESG DIFFERENCE

The ESG Muni QualityScore provides a detailed assessment of socioeconomic risks faced by upwards of 29,000 U.S. cities/towns, 3,141 counties, 13,500 school districts across all 50 states.

Currently utilizing 72 scores from the respective datasets: the individual scores determine the ranking for each city/town, county, state, and school district, both statewide, and nationally, for each data input.

Trust ESG Muni QualityScore to help you fulfill your ESG investment strategy.

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