Sustainable decisions
Investors are looking for ways to generate positive investment outcomes and impact, while managing financial risks and returns. Our analysis helps the markets translate global sustainable development priorities into practical information and insights.
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Moody’s and ESG:
Advancing Global Standards
Sustainability and climate change are fundamental considerations to seize opportunities and manage risk in today’s global capital markets. Our data and insights across Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and climate risks, as well as sustainable finance, can help you achieve the objectives of the sustainable development agenda.
Moody’s ESG by
the numbers*


Credit Ratings
ESG assessments integrated into Moody’s Investors Service (MIS) credit ratings


ESG Assessments
Covering 266 unique ESG data points


Climate Risk Scores
Spanning countries, counties, cities, companies & real estate assets globally


Sustainable Bonds
Assessed globally


Years of ESG Experience
Our affiliate Vigeo Eiris has been a pioneer in ESG analysis since the 1990s


MIS Research Reports
Related to ESG considerations in 2019


ESG Related Events
Delivered in 2019 through Moody’s global event program
*As of November 2019, combined for all Moody’s entities including affiliates.
Research highlights
The EU proposals for more women on corporate boards would improve governance and be credit positive, but bring short-term risks if turnover in personnel causes disruption
Moody's wins Climate Change Business Journal Business Achievement Award
Moody's won a CCBJ Business Achievement Award in the "Mergers & Acquisitions" category for the acquisitions of majority stakes in Four Twenty Seven and Vigeo Eiris. The Awards recognize outstanding business performance and achievements in the climate change industry in 2019.
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ESG and Sustainability Milestones
Moody's is Committed
to a Sustainable Future
We will continue to expand and enhance our efforts to integrate ESG best practices throughout our business and develop and promote globally consistent standards for assessing ESG risks and opportunities.
Moody’s Investors Service (MIS) Offerings
and Initiatives
Moody’s Corporation (MCO) and
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Initiatives / Disclosures
Moody’s Corporation (MCO) Acquisitions
MARCH 2016
MIS launches Green Bond Assessments, independent third party assessments taking into account the Green Bond Principles
Moody’s Corporation (MCO) joins the Financial Stability Board Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)
MAY 2016
MIS becomes founding member of Principles for Responsible Investment's (PRI) ESG in Credit Risk and Ratings Initiative
MAY 2016
MARCH 2017
MIS launches specialized ESG analytical team
MIS becomes a partner in the Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI)
APRIL 2017
MIS becomes an associate member of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC)
MARCH 2018
MIS joins sustainability non-profit Ceres and its Investor Network
APRIL 2019
MCO acquires majority stake in Vigeo Eiris, global provider or ESG research and services
MCO becomes participant of
UN Global Compact (UNGC)
and signatory to Principles
for Responsible Investment (PRI)
JULY 2019
JULY 2019
MCO acquires majority stake in Four Twenty Seven, leading provider of climate risk assessments and tools
MIS launches corporate governance assessment for publicly traded non-financial companies
JULY 2019
MIS launches framework to assess carbon transition risk for corporate sectors
MCO joins Advisory Council of the Green Bond Principles and Social Bond Principles

MCO publishes inaugural Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Index
MCO acquires minority stake in SynTao Green Finance, leading service provider in green finance and responsible investment in China
MCO signs the UN Global Compact Business Ambition for the 1.5°C Pledge committing to set science-based targets to reduce GHG emissions and reach net-zero emissions by no later than 2050
MCO named founding member of the United Nations Global Compact CFO Taskforce for the SDGs and joined the Reporting on the SDGs Action Platform

MCO joins environmental disclosure non-profit CDP's Reporter Services
ESG and Sustainability Affiliations
Moody’s partners and sponsors events with a multitude of environmental, social and governance and corporate social responsibility (CSR) bodies that develop standards and/or frameworks for assessing a company’s or project’s sustainability performance. We also are members of a number of ESG-related industry associations and supranational organizations.
Highlighted Initiatives
All Affiliations
MCO joined CDP's Reporter Services network to demonstrate our commitment to transparency and accelerating leadership on environmental sustainability.
MCO is a service provider signatory to the PRI and MIS engages on the ESG in Credit Risk and Ratings Initiative.
MIS is a SASB Alliance member and has committed to the integration of material sustainability information into existing processes, the development of standardized sustainability disclosure and the effective ESG integration into investment practices. MCO published its inaugural SASB Index in 2019.
MCO was one of the first financial services companies to support and respond to the TCFD's recommendations. MCO reports in line with the TCFD framework and contributes to TCFD consultations on climate risk governance and disclosures.
MCO engages with the UNGC at the “Participant” level and on two “Action Platforms”: the CFO Taskforce for the SDGs and Reporting on the SDGs. MCO has also signed the Business Ambition for 1.5°C Pledge committing to setting science-based targets to reduce GHG emissions and reach net-zero emissions by no later than 2050.
Highlighted Memberships
MCO is a member of the Business Roundtable and signed its Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation that emphasizes the responsibility of CEOs to lead their companies for the benefit of all stakeholders – customers, employees, suppliers, communities and shareholders, moving away from the concept of shareholder primacy.
MCO is a member of both Ceres’ Investor Network and Ceres’ Company Network. These networks provide thought leadership to advance sustainability leadership throughout the economy.
MCO engages across markets with CECP to build a better world through business by linking corporate purpose and social strategy to business strategy and performance.
MCO is an A4S signatory and has recently signed A4S’s CFO Net Zero Carbon Statement of Support.
All Affiliations

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