ISS ESG - Bespoke Research & Advisory Solutions

Data category

Bespoke Research & Advisory Solutions

Brief description of the data offering

To bolster its Bespoke Research and Advisory Solutions, ISS ESG recently formed a dedicated team covering custom analytics, expanded ratings solutions and bespoke ESG solutions for the alternate asset space. The team is focused on developing unique tools and solutions for evaluating credit and private equity, infrastructure and real estate, commodities and US municipal issuers.

ISS ESG's in-house Bespoke Research and Advisory Solutions team has the capability to create ESG research and assessments on additional asset classes, such as real estate, infrastructure, private equity and private debt through various customizable scorecarding tools. Real estate solutions comprise ESG performance and risk assessment as well as carbon footrpinting. Theoretically, these ESG assessments can also be aggregated for indirect investments through funds, given the information is available.

Utilizing its Bespoke Research and Advisory Solutions, ISS ESG can undertake a custom project to evaluate specific structured finance deals. This may include an assessment of the potential positive or negative impacts on the environment from the transaction, considering topics such as climate change, energy consumption, water use, biodiversity and waste management. The evaluation may further address social impacts encompassing factors such as diversity and inclusion, community relations, human rights, labour standards, and data and privacy. Further, governance impacts may be weighed to ensure that checks and balances are structured into the transaction, particularly regarding conflicts of interests, moral hazards and transparency.

The above are only examples for illustrative purposes and should not be treated as exclusive or all encompassing.

Where and how do you source your data?

Data is primarily sourced from publicly available information, including a company’s own disclosure and reporting, proxy statements, reputable news, governmental and international institutions, recognised international or local non-governmental organizations, and non-biased subscription databases such as the CDP. ISS ESG's Bespoke Research and Advisory Solutions may use additional public sources of data, depending on the project.

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.

What are the key attributes that differentiates the data you offer?

-Flexibility: Through its Bespoke Research and Advisory Solutions team, ISS ESG has dedicated resources to undertake custom projects for its clients.

-Expertise: ISS ESG's Bespoke Research and Advisory Solutions team


To bolster its Bespoke Research & Advisory Solutions, @ISSESG recently formed a dedicated team covering custom analytics, expanded ratings solutions and bespoke #ESG solutions for the alternate asset space.

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Corporate Statements

Turning knowledge into action

Maximilian Horster, head of ISS ESG, foresees several trends will shape the environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment space over the next 12 months. Environmental Finance spoke with him to see how ISS ESG is tailoring its data, index and reporting solutions as a result

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Bespoke Research & Advisory Solutions

Carbon & Climate Data

Carbon Footprint Report

Carbon Risk Rating

Climate Advisory Services

Climate Impact Report

Climate Voting Policy


Controversial Weapons Research

Country Controversy Assessment

Custom Climate Voting Factors

Custom Rating

Director and Board Data

Energy & Extractives Screening

Environmental & Social Disclosure QualityScore

ESG Corporate Rating

ESG Country Rating

ESG Fund Rating

ESG Index Solutions

ESG Portfolio Analysis

ESG Raw Data

ESG Scorecard

EU Taxonomy Alignment Solution


Executive Compensation Data & Profiles

Global Sanctions Screening

Governance QualityScore

Norm-Based Research

Pooled Engagement

Potential Avoided Emissions Data

Responsible Investment Policy Development

SDG Impact Rating

SDG Solutions Assessment

Second Party Opinion

Sector-Based Screening

SFDR Principle Adverse Impacts Solution

Shareholder Meeting Results

Stewardship Toolkit