ESG Data Guide 2024

HIP Investor - Climate, Impact and ESG Municipal Bond Data, Metrics, & Ratings

Data category

  • Environmental data
  • Governance data
  • Indices/Exchange data
  • Rankings
  • Ratings
  • Research data
  • Social data

The data offers solutions for:

  • Carbon footprinting
  • Climate scenario analysis
  • Environmental impact analysis and insight
  • Geospatial/location data
  • Investment decisions and portfolio insight
  • Nature-based information
  • Nature-based information: Water
  • Norms-based screening
  • Physical risk
  • Reporting: CSRD
  • Reporting: EU Regulations
  • Reporting: ISSB standards
  • Reporting: Impact
  • Reporting: Other Regulations
  • Reporting: SEC climate
  • Reporting: SFDR
  • Reporting: TCFD
  • Reporting: TNFD
  • Reporting: UN SDGs
  • Social impact analysis and insight
  • Temperature alignment
  • Transition plan assessments

Who are the data users?

  • Corporates
  • Financial institutions
  • Government
  • Investors
  • Trustees

Brief description of the data offering

HIP Investor offers climate, impact and ESG ratings, metrics, pillars and data on more than 270,000 issuances across 126,000 municipal issuers and impact entities, covering over 18,000 school districts, 6,500 universities and communities colleges, 1,700 Electric Utilities, 31,500 Cities and Places, 3,100 Counties, all 50 states, 5,000 hospitals, 3,800 housing agencies, 2,300 transit agencies, 450 road authorities, 52,700 water utilities, and 162 sovereign countries. HIP data can typically be mapped to 90-95% of most indexes and their constituents. HIP also provides Municipal ESG Ratings, Pillars, and metrics, along with Climate Data, SDG Ratings, and Opportunity Zone Mapping. HIP offers ratings and metrics on over 14,000 corporations globally. HIP provides EU and SFDR regulation data support, issuer 2nd party opinions, and municipal climate action funding guidance.

Product Offerings

In addition to these data and ratings products offered by HIP Investor, we have maps available to map HIP's framework to other popular frameworks, such as the UN SDGs.

  • Impact Entity Ratings
  • Weekly Primary / New Issuance Ratings
  • Batch Secondary Market Issuance Ratings
  • Pillar & Metric Ratings
  • Comprehensive Data

Where and how do you source your data?

The data used to generate HIP Ratings is collected through publicly available resources, as well as through non-public subscription databases. To be considered for inclusion in a sector's scorecard, a data source must meet the following three requirements:

  1. Values must be a quantitative metric of an issuer's impact on people, planet or trust.
  2. There must be a direct relationship between the data point and the future risk potential of a bond issuer at any point across the full duration of the bond.
  3. Data set must deliver significant coverage across the peer universe, providing a performance range and appropriate context for data verification and comparison.

In sourcing data, HIP strives to acquire the most quantitative, comparable, and comprehensive metrics according to these criteria that apply to each given sector.

HIP sources data from dozens of sources, including:

  • Issuers and obligors of muni bonds
  • Government databases
  • Non-profit datasets
  • For-profit databases
  • Academic research

HIP sources, cleans, quality-checks, and tests the distributions of the results. As HIP produces, published, and licenses Ratings, our analysts are very attentive to quality, accuracy, and analytical rigor.

What is the cost for your data offering?

Prices for Municipal HIP Ratings start at $5,000 per month covering 126,000 municipal entities; additional fees for HIP Pillars and HIP Metrics.  HIP Structured Data starts at $10,000 per month, covering 5 million data points annually.  Special pricing for SDGs, Climate, and Opportunity Zone datapoints.