ESG Data Guide 2023

ISS ESG - Thematic Engagement

Data category

  • Environmental data
  • Social data
  • Governance data
  • Research data

The data offers solutions for:

  • 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: Impact
  • Reporting: SFDR
  • Social impact analysis and insight

Who are the data users?

  • Trustees
  • Investors
  • Financial institutions

Brief description of the data offering

ISS ESG’s Thematic Engagement Solution allows investors to participate in a joint outreach and dialogue with companies on material sustainability-related themes. By engaging collaboratively, institutional investors can leverage their scale in discussions on ESG issues and communicate their concerns to corporate management more effectively. ISS ESG facilitates engagement on behalf of participating clients to promote positive change through active ownership and dialogue. This may include ongoing dialogue with targeted companies for enhanced disclosure, a push for improved sustainability performance, or mitigation of ESG risks.

Investor clients rely on ISS ESG's expertise to measure their engagement progress over the engagement life-cycle, to evaluate engagement success and to track and report the status of their engagements on a quarterly and annual basis.

The Thematic Engagement Solution covers six themes and leverages ISS ESG proprietary products and datasets:

  • Net Zero: Aims to improve companies’ commitments to reaching Net Zero emissions by 2050, by calling for ambitious targets and decarbonisation strategies.
  • Water: Intends to improve corporate disclosure of water-related risk and impact focusing on two high impact industries: Chemicals and Textiles & Apparel.
  • Biodiversity: Seeks to improve transparency around biodiversity impact and strategies to manage nature-related risks in key high impact industries of Mining & Integrated Production and Food Products.
  • Gender Equality: Aims to increase female representation at the board and executive management levels and improve disclosure regarding the gender pay gap ratio and of measures taken to promote equal opportunities and gender diversity.
  • Circular Economy: Seeks to help improve disclosure around waste, circularity and efficiency of products and operations within two key industries: Electronic Devices & Appliances and Chemicals.
  • Modern Slavery: Seeks to improve companies’ commitment to prevent modern slavery and strengthen their modern slavery risk monitoring and mitigation through worker voice and engagement in two high risk supply chains: Food and Healthcare.

Where and how do you source your data?

ISS ESG identifies a list of target companies that show a certain underperformance based on a specific definition per theme. A select number of large market capitalization companies based on a list of specific indicators are targeted, with a geographical distribution meeting the needs of global investors.

Data comes from the following proprietary ISS ESG solutions:

  • Carbon Risk Rating
  • Net Zero Alignment Data
  • Water Risk Rating
  • ESG Corporate Rating
  • SDG Impact Rating
  • SDG Solutions Assessment
  • Governance QualityScore
  • Modern Slavery Scorecard


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?

Key benefits of the Collaborative Engagement service include:

  • Cost-effective approach to active ownership. Active participation in Thematic Engagement service provides a systematic and cost-efficient approach to active ownership across markets in response to controversies related to responsible business conduct.
  • The cumulative weights of shareholders’ voices. The collaborative setting of the engagement outreach is designed to ensure the highest level of effectiveness. This collaborative engagement is often more effective in wielding influence and raising awareness with companies on the identified issues.
  • A highly proactive solution on top-priority ESG themes to directly address poor performance and  transparency. The solution focuses on improvement in public disclosure, compliance and remediation with laws/standards/norms and mitigation of material ESG risks.
  • Insights from industry specialists. ISS ESG employs a dedicated team of researchers with specialized backgrounds in global norms, climate, and biodiversity related topics. The engagement team provides insight and dedicated experience on the environmental and social issues identified. The team’s broad language skills and understanding of ESG issues allows it to identify, analyse and track controversies.


ISS ESG’s Thematic Engagement Solution lets investors participate in a joint outreach and dialogue with companies on material #sustainability related themes, promoting change through active ownership and dialogue.