In January 2020, S&P Global announced that it has successfully completed the acquisition of the ESG ratings as well as ESG benchmarking units from RobecoSAM. The ESG ratings business includes the well-known Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) from RobecoSAM. This blog post introduces you to S&P and RobecoSAM, describes how they are connected and shares further information.
What is S&P and RobecoSAM?
- S&P Global is the world’s leading provider of ratings founded by the company Standard & Poor’s
- S&P Global includes credit ratings, issue credit ratings, issuer credit ratings, benchmarks and further analytics in the global capital markets
- These ratings offer deep data and insights on critical business factors including ESG criteria (Environmental, Social & Governance)
- Founded in 1995
- Specialized in sustainable investment solutions with integration of ESG aspects
- Enables investors access to investment solutions regarding sustainability topics
- All strategies and products are meant to create a positive impact for environment or society (so-called Impact Investing)
- Established the Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) in 1999 that is an annual evaluation of companies’ sustainability practices
Connection of S&P and RobecoSAM
The Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) from SAM has already become the basis for providing reliable sustainability and ESG data for numerous ESG indices from Standard & Poor’s, including the highly recognized and well-known Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). With the completed acquisition of ESG ratings the S&P Global expects to include the CSA scores and data in its existing as well as future product offerings.
This means that “the CSA will form the foundation of S&P’s Global’s ESG research across its different divisions S&P Dow Jones Indices, S&P Global Ratings, S&P Market Intelligence […]. The CSA will serve as a central point for defining ESG topics and data across the entire S&P Global organization.” (see spglobal.com, 2020).
The S&P ESG Index Family offers investors exposure to companies according to their ESG profile in the context of country-specific and regional indices. The index family is based on S&P DJI ESG Scores, based on the results of the annual SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA). The index family includes broad market indices like the S&P 500 ESG, S&P Europe 350 ESG, S&P Global 1200 ESG, and S&P Japan 500 ESG.
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DFGE considers the above mentioned acquisition to be positive for the area of sustainability reporting. It is important that a high-impact rating like S&P Global includes sustainability data to provide tailor-made information for investors about sustainability practices of companies and to drive action into a more sustainable future.
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