The ESG Review 2019 is an annual analysis of the state of adherence by companies across the globe to ESG criteria. It provides insights into significant ESG developments and presents research findings that inform different responsible investment strategies. This includes ISS ESG products and services like Norm-Based Research, Corporate Rating and Climate research. The findings demonstrate positive trends in corporate sustainability performance, and a continued rise in the number of reported controversies across all ESG topics.
According to the report, the share of companies covered by ISS’ Corporate Rating and assessed as “good” or “excellent” (both assessments lead to Prime status) now standing at 20.4 percent, up from just over 17 percent in the previous year. The report also shows that the group rated with medium or excellent performance now includes more than 67.5 percent of covered companies in developed markets. This represents an all-time high over the 11-year history of the report. The findings also show that 41 percent of the assessed companies contribute “positively” to the UN SDGs through their products and services, of which 8 percent contribute to a “significant” extent. Meanwhile, Norm-Based Research, which identifies significant allegations against companies linked to the breach of established standards for responsible business conduct, saw a more than 40 percent rise in the number of reported controversies across all ESG topics.
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