Rate the Raters 2018: Ratings Revisited (SustainAbility)


In May of 2010, SustainAbility launched a multi-phase research program, Rate the Raters (RtR). RtR was designed to influence and improve the quality and transparency of corporate sustainability ratings.

It proved enormously popular. Many companies and financial industry stakeholders tell us they still regularly reference this seminal work. Now we propose to re-engage on this topic.


To explore the current ratings landscape and to better understand the need for new RtR research, SustainAbility hosted three roundtables with corporate sustainability professionals, investors, analysts and ratings representatives in the first half of 2017. The roundtables were hosted in London, New York and San Francisco. We also undertook many bi-lateral discussions with ratings stakeholders.

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