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ESG & Climate capabilities

We continue to provide a range of ESG and Climate capabilities spanning major asset classes and industries, powered by rigorous analysis and transparent methodologies.  

Our Market-Leading Capabilities
  • MIS Issuer Profile Scores (IPS), assessing an entity’s exposure to credit-relevant ESG risks and benefits.
  • MIS Credit Impact Scores (CIS), an output of the credit rating process that indicates the extent, if any, to which ESG factors impact the credit rating of an issuer or transaction.
  • ESG scores and data for global public and private entities from a double materiality lens.
  • Alignment screening capabilities covering normative standards such as the U.N. Global Compact and U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) frameworks, as well as business activity involvement and sustainable goods and services to inform asset stewardship, portfolio management and construction of labeled funds or indices.
  • ESG risk monitoring and alerts assessing a company’s exposure to and management of various related incidents..
  • Regulatory solutions comprised of rigorous and transparent datasets to support TCFD, SFDR reporting, EU Taxonomy alignment screening and Pillar 3 reporting.
  • Research and content providing fundamental analysis on ESG and Climate topics across entities, sectors, sovereigns and sub-sovereigns.
Climate risk identification:
  • Physical risk: Forward-looking data capturing exposure to climate hazards for:
  • Thousands of listed companies with global corporate facilities;
  • Millions of U.S. commercial real estate properties; and
  • Global sovereigns and sub-sovereigns.
  • Transition risk data and analytics:
  • Carbon footprint data calculating a company’s Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions, leveraging company disclosures and our proprietary estimation model that covers large-cap companies and small- and medium-sized enterprises;
  • Screening datasets that identify company involvement in fossil fuels and renewable energy activities and/or investments; and
  • Temperature Alignment Data that provides a forward-looking view of a company’s decarbonization targets and carbon emission trajectories against recognized benchmarks.
    Climate risk quantification:
    • Climate-adjusted Expected Default Frequency (EDF) that determines the probability of default for companies, powered by our award-winning EDF model and covering physical and transition risk drivers.
    • Climate Risk Scenarios, assessing macroeconomic drivers across a range of NGFS climate scenarios.
    • MIS Carbon Transition Assessments (CTA), which provide a consistent and verifiable means to analyze carbon transition risk for rated nonfinancial companies.
    • Global Climate Models for a wide range of climate hazards.
    Climate Risk
    • Second Party Opinions (SPOs) of labeled green, social, sustainability and sustainability-linked debt issuances for issuers and borrowers, provided by MIS.

    Supporting customers in addressing climate risk and opportunities

    As climate change has emerged as one of the greatest risk multipliers facing financial markets, we equip customers with the transparent and reliable climate insights they need to evaluate their climate risks and readiness and make better, more informed decisions regarding the risks and opportunities. We provide forward-looking, location-specific and globally comparable climate data, as well as economic and financial risk modeling and analytic capabilities.

    Second party opinions

    Our SPOs provide an assessment of how financial instruments or financing frameworks align to relevant sustainability principles and the extent to which they are expected to contribute to the issuer’s advancement of long-term sustainable development. We express the overall assessment though the Sustainability Quality Score.
    Notable second party opinions
    • Kunming Rail Transit Group Co., Ltd., green finance framework that will fund urban rail transit with zero direct emissions
    • Government of Egypt, sustainable financing framework that will fund green and social projects and contribute to sustainable development
    • ENEL S.p.A, landmark sustainability-linked financing framework, including targets linked to the EU Taxonomy
    • Air France-KLM Group, one of the first sustainability-linked debt instruments issued by an airline company

    Engaging through partnerships

    Industry partnerships are a critical pillar to our engagement activities. Through our affiliation with leading market organizations, we foster opportunities to gain first-hand and valuable insight from market participants which, in turn, inspire our continual development of ESG and climate risk products and solutions. Below are a representative selection of our partners.