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April 15, 2022

Moody’s Celebrates Earth Day 2022

In the lead up to Earth Day 2022, Moody’s continues our efforts to embody this year’s theme of “Invest in Our Planet.” We are placing sustainability at the core of what we do, as we strive to build a Better Business, support Better Lives, and provide Better Solutions to create long-term value for society, the economy, and the world. We understand the pivotal role we can play in creating a more sustainable future by both helping to accelerate market transformation and leading with our own example. Moody’s is committed to providing our customers the tools and insights to mitigate risks and capitalize on the opportunities presented by the transition to a sustainable global economy, and we are dedicated to advancing our own corporate climate and environmental action. For Earth Day, we present an illustrative snapshot of our current work towards those commitments.

Solutions & Credit Integration

Moody’s offerings span across credit, ESG, sustainable finance, and climate solutions. Current initiatives include the ongoing roll out of Moody's Investors Service’s ESG Issuer Profile Scores and Credit Impact Scores, which now cover additional entities in a wide range of sectors globally. The scores are part of MIS's ongoing efforts to systematically factor ESG into credit analysis; to learn more, visit our Sustainability Integration page.

Moody’s ESG Solutions continues to expand its comprehensive coverage of ESG data, scores and assessments to provide market participants with actionable insight on every major ESG topic, theme, asset class and industry worldwide. We also recently closed a period of market consultation on enhancements to our ESG Assessment methodology.

For a broader overview of our climate solutions and insights, please visit Moody’s on Climate.

Thought Leadership/Activities

Moody’s produces a wide range of research and thought leadership on climate-related credit impacts, risks, and opportunities. For Earth Day, on this Feedback Loop blog, we take a look at the huge investment prospects presented by the need to mitigate climate change, adapt to it, and safeguard biodiversity. Other current examples include the latest edition of ESG Focus, a quarterly compilation of research on the credit implications of ESG issues, which discusses how implementation of climate (and social) commitments will have mixed credit effects. Moody’s Investors Service and Moody’s ESG Solutions have each commented on the 2022 IPCC AR6 report releases – looking at the physical impacts of climate change and the urgent need to accelerate adaptation measures in light of February’s Working Group II report (MIS and MESG), and considering the credit risks and investment opportunities associated with climate action and innovation development after this month’s Working Group III report (MIS and MESG). MIS is also taking a look at the credit impacts of urban flooding, and the ways current adaptation costs can be offset by the reductions they create in long-term risks.

Moody’s hosts and takes part in major global events that advance climate and environment understanding in a variety of ways. RMS and Moody’s Analytics invite you to join us next month at Exceedance® 2022 – A World of Opportunity, where experts and industry leaders will explore new solutions, evolving trends, and the latest data-driven approaches to climate change and other perils we face today. Moody’s Investors Service is currently leading our participation in the New York Auto Show, examining the sector’s preparedness for the global low-carbon transition. We are also holding an April event on Transition Risks and Opportunities featuring leading analysts in discussion.

Corporate Sustainability

Moody’s is advancing its own climate and environmental action. We are proud to be one of the first companies to have its near- and long-term net-zero targets validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). Over the past year, Moody’s became a Founding Member of Net Zero Financial Services Provider Alliance as part of the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero, as well as joined the Taskforce for Nature-related Financial Disclosures and the Future of Sustainable Data Alliance. These milestones and others helped contribute to our #1 ranking in Consumer and Diversified Finance on JUST Capital’s 2022 list of the Most JUST Companies based on environmental policies. In early May, we will release both our second annual Stakeholder Sustainability Report and our fourth annual TCFD report, adding to our strong portfolio of Sustainability and ESG reports that were recently acknowledged with the “Best ESG Reporting (large-cap)” award from IR Magazine. We are also excited to collaborate with XBRL US as an early adopter of machine-readable sustainability data for our Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) reporting, piloting how better ESG data can be brought to investors and stakeholders.

Learn more about our climate and ESG efforts

at our Moody’s on Climate, ESG Hub, and Sustainability microsites, and on