Corporate Sustainability Assessment

S&P Global's Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) is an assessment of the company's sustainability performance. It results in a total ESG score (0-100 points): a weighted average score resulting from the industry-specific assessment across ± 20-25 governance/economic, environmental and social criteria. 

Apply the Corporate Sustainability Assessment as an engine for your sustainability performance: Get the most out of your efforts by using the CSA as a third-party assessment on non-financial performance to benchmark with industry peers, identify gaps and track year-on-year progress – with the ultimate goal of applying it as an engine for your sustainability program.

 
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CSA Expert Training - 2 March 2023

Finch & Beak is proud to invite ESG practitioners from across Europe to come together once again and meet in a live event in Amsterdam to learn and exchange best practices with top-level peers. On Thursday, March 2nd 2023, we will deep-dive into the challenges of ESG rating & reporting with a focus on the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment. A key component to selecting companies for inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices are S&P Global ESG Scores, which are calculated based on the results of the CSA. Featuring guest speakers from S&P Global Sustainable1, the training focuses on climate strategy, supply chain management, and biodiversity while giving practical insights to take into account during your CSA participation in 2023, such as upcoming methodology changes.
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Results of the CSA 2022 with an Outlook towards 2023

On December 9th 2022, S&P Global announced which companies have made it into the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) this year. Marking the importance of this event, S&P Global hosted a webcast to communicate key insights of this year’s Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA), as well as granting a sneak peek into potential methodology changes in next year’s assessment. Find the highlights of the 2022 CSA results in the download below.
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The 2022 Dow Jones Sustainability Index Results

On Friday the 9th of December, S&P Dow Jones Indices announced the results of its annual Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) review. Air Liquide, GEA Group, TotalEnergies and Whitbread are among the new members in 2022’s Indices, while Caterpillar, Zurich Insurance Group and Rio Tinto are part of the companies which lost their spot in the World Index. With the ESG playing field becoming more complex, activation of corporate sustainability programs is an essential factor for success. This article summarizes the DJSI results and pinpoints the corresponding takeaways from Finch & Beak’s new State of ESG 2023 Report.
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State of ESG 2023: Where to Play and How to Win

Based on recent developments and insights from its annual ESG Market Survey completed by 160+ European stock listed companies, Finch & Beak's State of ESG 2023 Report outlines four main ESG challenges surfacing in today's dynamic business environment. For companies looking to increase the effectiveness of their sustainability programs and for corporate decision makers looking to prioritize their budgetary limitations, the report suggests how to avoid the ESG reporting trap, leverage TCFD, engage your board better, and improve the insights into your supply chain, while also reflecting on the freshly released Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2022 results.
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Great Reasons for Planning Ahead for DJSI Season

To be well prepared for the upcoming Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) season, it is recommendable to take a forward-looking approach and start the preparation phase early. This article summarizes the benefits of preparing early for S&P Global's Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) participation, suggests where to start, and what can be learned from a company that successfully increased its score due to early preparation in 2022.
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Tips & Tricks for a Strategic Approach to the CSA in 2023

On 27 October 2022, Finch & Beak hosted a webinar on effectively approaching S&P Global's Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA). During the session, we provided insights on structuring your organization’s ESG governance and turning your ESG ratings into a sustainability program accelerator. This article summarizes the event takeaways delivered by our speakers Nikkie Vinke, Team Lead ESG Benchmarking at Finch & Beak, and Catalina Hemmink, Sustainability Reporting Specialist at ABN AMRO. The download provides you with three tips to tackle the CSA in 2023.
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ESG Acceleration Webinar: CSA Training for ESG Teams

Approaching S&P Global's Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) in the smartest way possible is crucial to strengthen your organization's performance and chances for inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). In this webinar, we will discuss how to set up your ESG team to prepare well for your CSA 2023 participation. By sharing insights on how to drive your sustainability program, we will equip ESG teams and more specifically topic owners, and project managers with practical tips to strengthen your organisation's approach to the CSA.
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Everything You Need to Know about the CSA

Do you want to gain a deep understanding of S&P Global’s Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA), its structure, relevance, and how to unlock the full potential of your company’s participation in the assessment? This article provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the CSA that Finch & Beak has observed in its work as an independent consultancy over the past 15 years while supporting companies with the CSA and other ESG ratings.
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Leveraging Your CSA Participation

On 27 September Finch & Beak organized an ESG Acceleration Webinar designed for companies interested in participating in the upcoming Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) as part of the group with the deadline in January 2023. During the session, ESG Expert, Nikkie Vinke explained the key aspects of the CSA, elaborated on the relevance of the assessment in the ESG investment landscape, and provided practical advice for leveraging your company’s participation. This article summarizes the webinar highlights and includes a downloadable checklist with expert tips and tricks to help your organization ensure successful CSA participation.
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How to Unpack and Interpret Your CSA 2022 Results

After months of preparing their responses to S&P Global’s Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA), companies are now finding out how they have performed. This year, S&P Global has developed a new approach to releasing companies’ ESG Scores and, where applicable, inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) and S&P ESG Indices. This approach also entails changes in the CSA’s Benchmarking Database and has implications for how companies can read and communicate their results. This article provides a summary of the takeaways from communication from S&P Global around the CSA 2022 results release as part of a webcast and in additional publications.
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