S&P Global Launches Proprietary ESG Scores

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Stockholm (NordSIP) – S&P Global has launched the S&P Global ESG Scores. The proprietary system provides an annual evaluation of over 7,300 companies’ sustainability practices and covers 95% of global market capitalisation.

The ESG Scores are based on S&P Global’s ESG indices and benchmarks and on the SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA). S&P Global acquired SAM in January 2020 to bolster its position as the premier resource for essential ESG insights and products for its customers. The scores will be made available to the investment community through Xpressfeed™, S&P Global Market Intelligence’s data feed management solution integrating over 200 datasets.

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“The launch of the S&P Global ESG Scores further bolsters S&P Global’s position as the premier resource for ESG data and insights,” Martina Cheung, President of S&P Global Market Intelligence said. “We are seeing more and more decision-makers across all segments leverage the benefits of Xpressfeed to accelerate data integration and analysis for their business strategy. The S&P Global ESG Scores are backed by 20 years of SAM’s comprehensive assessments enabling market participants to optimise their portfolios and allocate capital towards positive ESG performance.”

The scores also serve as analytical tools for S&P Dow Jones Indices’ core ESG index offerings including the S&P 500 ESG Index.  SAM data will serve as S&P Global’s firm-wide global standard for material financial and non-financial ESG disclosures.

“The S&P Global ESG Scores are driven by deep corporate engagement derived from private and public data, making the scores unique in the market today,” Evan Greenfield, Global Head of ESG at S&P Global, added. “For the first time ever, investors will have access to scores based on more than two decades of ESG expertise, a leading methodology centred around financial materiality, and a focus on forward-looking sustainability metrics. The appetite for more robust and differentiated ESG insights for investors is increasing, and we are focused on meeting the need for high-quality, actionable ESG solutions.”

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