ESG Data Guide 2023

ISS ESG - ESG Scorecard

Data category

  • Environmental data
  • Governance data
  • Social data
  • Research;ESG Scorecard

The data offers solutions for:

  • Climate scenario analysis
  • Environmental impact analysis and insight
  • Investment decisions and portfolio insight
  • Nature-based information
  • Nature-based information: Biodiversity
  • Nature-based information: Land use
  • Nature-based information: Oceans
  • Nature-based information: Water
  • Reporting: CSRD
  • Reporting: EU Regulations
  • Reporting: Impact
  • Reporting: TCFD
  • Reporting: UN SDGs
  • Social impact analysis and insight

Who are the data users?

  • Corporates
  • Financial institutions
  • Government
  • Investors
  • Trustees
  • Institutional investors; Asset managers; Asset owners; Fund managers; Banks; Universities; Research firms

Brief description of the data offering

ISS ESG Scorecards provide a standard methodological framework for covering asset classes that are out of scope such as private equity. These scorecards can be used by clients to collect the data for their specific universe of coverage.

Through its ESG Scorecard solution, ISS ESG offers an intuitive assessment tool which allows investors to conduct their own comprehensive ESG assessment in just a few steps. The Scorecard is based on a tried and tested ESG assessment methodology, ensuring high-quality and in-depth assessments.

The ESG Scorecard facilitates an industry-specific scoring of a company’s ESG risk situation measured across all ESG dimensions. Standard questions and answer options allow for easy and intuitive assessments of private companies.The ESG Scorecard offers guidance for identifying company-specific exposure to business activities typical for the industry, as covered under the EU Taxonomy.

The ESG Scorecard Comprises:

  1. An Industry Risk Profile, which provides an overview and description of key sustainability risks
  2. Three standard scorecard elements covering Climate, Social, and Governance, addressing general sustainability risks and requirements
  3. An assessment tool for Industry-Specific Key Issues
  4. A classification of impact of products and services regarding the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  5. Information on the relevance of the EU Taxonomy for SMEs

Based on the approach of the ISS ESG Corporate Rating, each Scorecard element is weighted to reflect the materiality of each topic. The overall score is a weighted score based on the score and weight of each element.

Where and how do you source your data?

The ISS ESG Scorecards are used by clients to collect the data for their specific universe of coverage.

What is the cost for your data offering?

Pricing for this solution is available upon request.

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

  • Facilitates the assessment of ESG risks and opportunities in the credit risk assessment process for private companies
  • Provides a basis for strategic engagement with portfolio companies regarding their sustainability efforts. Facilitates the assessment of sustainability risks in due diligence processes for private equity companies.



Conduct material #ESG performance and risk assessments of private companies using @ISSESG's standardized scorecard.

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