Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. - Climate Impact Report

Data category

Environmental data

What data do you provide?

ISS ESG’s Climate Impact Report provides a holistic analysis of the carbon footprint, climate change preparedness, and climate-related impact of a clients’ holdings, identifying reportable and actionable data for the formulation of climate-friendly investment strategies. Client portfolios are analysed for their greenhouse gas and fossil fuel exposure based on ISS ESG’s comprehensive database of GHG emissions for more than 25,000 companies, including listed equities, fixed income, and sovereign and corporate bonds. The report can assist investors in fulfilling requirements for internal and global external reporting initiatives such as the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), Article 173 of the French Energy Transition Law, and the PRI.

ISS ESG’s Climate Impact Report includes the following elements:

  • Carbon Footprint Metrics
    • Sector analysis
    • Attribution analysis
    • Largest contributors
  • Physical risks assessment based on both the sector and region of operations
  • Scenario analysis, assessing the alignment of a portfolio with global climate targets, such as the 2°C climate goal
  • Alignment with key disclosure frameworks
  • Transition Climate Risk Analysis
    • Green/Brown Share
    • Power Generation Exposure
    • Fossil Fuel Reserves and Potential Emissions
    • Controversial Business Practices, including tar sands and arctic drilling
    • Portfolio Carbon Risk Rating

Where and how do you source your data?

For scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions, ISS ESG collects self-reported GHG emissions data from publicly available sources, including corporate social responsibility reports, CDP, investor relations communications, websites and others. This data is assigned with a trust metric to indicate the quality of self-reported data.  

For non-reporting companies, or those who report with a low trust metric, ISS ESG uses in-house emissions modelling methodology, allowing ISS ESG to calculate GHG emissions of companies based on those criteria most relevant to their line of business. 

For scope 3 emissions data, ISS ESG uses in-house modelling system, which conceptually differentiates between emissions from upstream/downstream supply chains and emissions from the “use phase” of a company’s product or service.  

Who are the data users?

Data is used by a broad range of institutional investors, asset managers, asset owners, fund managers, banks, government institutions, universities and research firms.  

What is the cost for your data offering?

Pricing is based on the method by which data is delivered. ISS ESG can provide data via its proprietary platform, DataDesk, or via data feed. Pricing for this solution is available upon request. 


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Corporate Statements

A custom-built approach to ESG

ISS ESG puts a premium on its clients’ ability to customise the ESG data and analytics they can access, its CEO Marija Kramer tells Environmental Finance.

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