A pioneer of ESG indexing, S&P Dow Jones Indices remains a leader today, combining rigorous company analysis, robust methodologies, and cutting-edge modelling to deliver state-of-the-art indices for a wide range of ESG benchmarking and investment applications.
Our solutions range from core ESG and low-carbon climate approaches to thematic and fixed income strategies.
ESG considerations—from the impact of climate change and carbon emissions to equality and human rights—are creating unpriced risks in financial markets. A global transition is now underway to finance a more resilient, sustainable global economy, which may bring with it significant growth opportunities. A growing body of evidence also indicates that a company’s dedication to ESG could be an important driver of risk management and returns.
More and more investors around the world are taking an interest in the opportunities and risks, and integrating ESG into their strategies.
Solutions for Every Objective
We offer indices that span global markets, cover both equities and fixed income, are suitable for a range of applications, and cater to a variety of risk/return and ESG performance expectations.
Include best-in-class approaches such as the DJSI, as well as indices, such as the S&P 500 ESG Index, that intend to improve ESG performance while maintaining the risk/return profile of their benchmark.
Measure company performance against various carbon reduction objectives. Include approaches that align with the Task Force for Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).
Focus on specific ESG-related issues, often with a relatively narrow objective. Included are clean and renewable energy indices, green real estate indices, and our global water index.
Fixed Income ESG
Apply ESG methodologies to fixed income strategies. Include the S&P Green Bond Indices, which cover only those bonds whose proceeds are used to finance environmentally friendly projects.
Spotlight on the S&P 500® ESG Index
The S&P 500 ESG Index selects companies based on S&P DJI ESG Scores, a robust dataset that accounts for industry-specific, financially material ESG opportunities and risks. The index is designed to maintain broad benchmark-like industry exposure while improving ESG performance, and excludes companies with activities in key negative ESG areas.
Getting to Know the Dow Jones Green Real Estate Indices
In collaboration with GRESB, a leader in evaluating ESG characteristics of real estate companies, we’ve introduced indices that represent the investment characteristics of conventional real estate benchmarks, but with an improved sustainability profile.
Find out what’s driving the investment community’s demand for green real estate indices, and discover how our index construction makes this series unique.
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Research & Insights
Discover Material Insights with S&P DJI ESG Data
Explore how our powerful new data set is redefining the ESG toolkit.
How Are Indices Fueling GPIF’s Green Objectives?
Explore our cutting-edge S&P Carbon Efficient Indices.
The Benchmark that Changed the World
What sets the S&P DJSI apart from other ESG benchmarks?
Social Themes in Index Investing: Human Capital
How is the “S” in “ESG” being defined as it expands into mainstream investing?
A Look Inside Green Bonds
What sets green bonds apart from other ESG fixed income investments?
Staying at the Forefront
Data Sourced from Industry Leaders
Our indices are backed by ESG data and analytics from world-renowned providers.
Founded in 1995, RobecoSAM is an investment specialist focused exclusively on sustainable investing. Together, S&P Dow Jones Indices and SAM (a brand within RobecoSAM) publish the globally recognized Dow Jones Sustainability Indices as well as the S&P ESG Factor Weighted Index Series, the first index series to treat ESG as a standalone performance factor using the SAM Smart ESG methodology. Based on its Corporate Sustainability Assessment, an annual ESG analysis of over 3,900 listed companies, SAM has compiled one of the world’s most comprehensive databases of financially material sustainability information.
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S&P Trucost Limited is a leader in carbon and environmental risk analysis, informing the decisions of both investors and corporations. The company was acquired by S&P Global in 2016, following a long partnership developing ESG indices aimed at reducing risk and informing sustainable capital allocation. Trucost continues to research, standardize, and validate environmental performance data including carbon and other pollution impacts, water dependency, land use, and waste disposal. Their data includes complete environmental performance profiles for 14,000 companies, representing 99% of global market capitalization.
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GRESB is a leader in evaluating ESG characteristics of real estate companies, providing standardized and validated ESG data to increase capital market transparency. The GRESB framework benefits from a decade of industry input from leading institutional investors, real estate companies, REITs, academic advisors, and capital providers spanning the globe. With a governance structure that assures a by-industry, for-industry approach, GRESB is able to elevate global ESG best practices in the real asset sector. Benchmarking core corporate attributes alongside ESG performance metrics provides investors with insights not previously available.
Learn more about GRESB.
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Detailed information including factsheets and methodologies.