ESG Ratings

The demand for public non-financial information on environmental, social, and governance issues is both maturing and booming. Companies often elect to participate in ESG ratings to showcase their sustainability efforts to their investors and other stakeholders and to improve their performance. Due to the proliferation of benchmarks and ratings and severe incompatibility between the different instruments, companies can become overwhelmed spending disproportionate amounts of their time on reporting at the expense of generating actual change. Streamlining the different ESG benchmarks is essential to increase ESG performance, monitor progress, and guide management decision-making.

 
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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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Exchanging, Learning and Networking on ESG Ratings & Rankings

In order to facilitate peer networking, grow competence on ESG ratings and accelerate your ESG scores, SLR Consulting is launching its ESG Ratings Expert Network: a virtual, global platform for ESG professionals. The network is open for senior managers actively working on their company’s ESG performance, with roles in for example sustainability/ESG, investor relations, finance, or corporate affairs/communication within stock-market listed companies or large family businesses.
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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 Benchmarks Under Regulatory Scrutiny in Europe

ESG benchmarks and ratings are valuable tools to assist organizations in understanding their own ESG performance and its position relative to peers, and enabling to share insights with interested (financial) stakeholders. One of the key findings of Finch & Beak's most recent ESG Market Survey highlights a need for streamlining, with the average company responding to four benchmarks. Regulators are now also starting to take note of the firm growth of the ESG benchmarking market. As the number of ESG ratings keeps growing, it can be challenging to determine which benchmarks and ratings your organization should respond to. This article sheds some light on these developments, and suggests three tips for maximizing your organization’s efficiency towards ESG ratings. The downloadable 2022 ESG Rankings Cheat Sheet provides practical advice on what to look for and how to determine relevance.
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Ensuring a strategic approach towards DJSI inclusion

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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