Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. - SDG Impact Rating

Data category

  • Environmental data
  • Social data
  • Governance data
  • Ratings

What data do you provide?

ISS ESG’s SDG Impact Rating provides a holistic metric of impact using the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a reference framework. The rating measures the extent to which companies are managing negative externalities in their operations across the entire value chain to minimize negative impacts, while at the same time making use of existing and emerging opportunities in their products and services to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs.

The company’s impact is measured thematically, following the SDG framework, as well as at an aggregated level. For each of the seventeen SDGs, a company’s impact is determined by three pillars:

As a result, the SDG Impact Rating provides 120 distinct data points per company, allowing for granular thematic assessments, as well as aggregate impact measurements.

The rating and underlying scores are presented on a scale of -10 to +10, allowing categorization according to SDG-related impact into five groups:

The SDG Impact Rating is underpinned by data and insights sourced from four industry-leading ISS ESG solutions:

  • SDG Solutions Assessment
  • ESG Corporate Rating
  • Norm-Based Research
  • Controversial Weapons Research

Coverage includes over 9,600 corporate issuers, including some 6,500 listed companies and 3,100 assigned corporate issuers.

Where and how do you source your data?

Data for the SDG Impact Rating Products and Services Score as well as the Operational Performance Score are updated based on company disclosure such as annual and/or segment reporting, the company’s website and other documents such as sustainability reports or investor presentations. 

The analyst in charge of the assessment takes all relevant and available sources into account to estimate the share of net sales a company generates with relevant products. Estimated sales percentages are based on the following assessment of publicly available information:

  • Reported sales revenue: Exact value of net sales generated with relevant products and/or services reported by the company.
  • Proxy-based estimated sales revenue: Share of net sales generated with relevant products and/or services estimated with "high" or "medium" certainty.
  • Industry knowledge-based estimations: No information disclosed regarding the share of revenue derived from products and/or services within the portfolio, and no concrete evidence available that would allow for an estimation with a higher certainty level.

Data for the Controversy Score is updated continuously, based on relevant events, qualitative research, and ongoing news screenings. Data is sourced from a range of reputable public sources in addition to feedback from company and stakeholder engagement.

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. 


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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