Why ESG?

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

  • Core ESG

    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.

  • Climate

    Measure company performance against various carbon reduction objectives. Include approaches that align with the Task Force for Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

  • Thematic ESG

    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.

Key Indices

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Spotlight on the S&P 500® ESG Index

Getting to Know the Dow Jones Green Real Estate Indices

Explore the Indices

Research & Insights

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    Discover Material Insights with S&P DJI ESG Data

    Explore how our powerful new data set is redefining the ESG toolkit.

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    How Are Indices Fueling GPIF’s Green Objectives?

    Explore our cutting-edge S&P Carbon Efficient Indices.

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    The Benchmark that Changed the World

    What sets the S&P DJSI apart from other ESG benchmarks?

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    Social Themes in Index Investing: Human Capital

    How is the “S” in “ESG” being defined as it expands into mainstream investing?

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    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


SAMFounded 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.

Learn more about SAM.


TrucostS&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.

Learn more about Trucost.


GRESBGRESB 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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