Global Use of SASB Standards

This page provides an overview of key statistics related to support for and use of SASB standards around the world. Most numbers are updated on a monthly basis – for more detail, please see the bottom of this page.


Investor & Market Support

Investor support of SASB comes in many forms, including the Investor Advisory Group, the SASB Alliance, and licensing. 181 institutional investors—representing $59T AUM and 21 countries—support SASB and/or use SASB Standards to inform their investment decision-making.

Many types of market participants, including companies, advisors, and others, support and use SASB via becoming members of the SASB Alliance and/or licensing SASB Standards.


Investor Advisory Group (IAG)


Total Current Members: 55

Assets Under Management: 41T USD

12 countries represented

IAG Members, by World Region

Asia Pacific
 Canada
Europe
Latin America & the Caribbean
Middle East & Africa
United States

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SASB Alliance


Total Current Member Organizations: 183 (141 Investors)

Assets Under Management: 53T USD

23 countries represented

Alliance Member Organizations, by World Region

Asia Pacific
 Canada
Europe
Latin America & the Caribbean
Middle East & Africa
United States

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Licensing Organizations


Total Current Licensees: 176 (122 Investors)

 

 

25 countries represented

Licensing Organizations, by World Region

Asia Pacific
 Canada
Europe
Latin America & the Caribbean
Middle East & Africa
United States

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Company Use

The number of companies using SASB standards continues to increase. SASB Reporters refers to companies who have disclosed SASB metrics in public company communications. SASB References refers to company mentions of SASB, for metrics reporting or other purposes, in public company communications.


Number of Unique Reporting and Referencing Companies, by Year

(Reporting companies account for a subset of referencing companies)


SASB Reporters


Unique SASB Reporters since 2018: 505
Unique SASB Reporters since 2018 in S&P Global 1200: 262

42% of SASB reporting companies domiciled outside US since 2018

SASB tracks unique reporters over a two-year period because many companies prepare sustainability reports every other year.

Unique SASB Reporters 2020 YTD: 454
Unique SASB Reporters 2020 YTD in S&P Global 1200: 234

41% of SASB reporting companies domiciled outside US in 2020 YTD

SASB Reporting, by Disclosure Source Type

Annual Reports
Corporate Sustainability Reports
Proxy Statements and M&A Calls
Regulatory Filings
Other Reporting Vehicles

SASB Reporting, by World Region

Asia Pacific
 Canada
Europe: non-EU
Europe: EU
Europe: UK
Latin America & the Caribbean
Middle East & Africa
United States


SASB References


SASB References since 2018: 2298
Unique SASB Referencing Companies since 2018: 1220

57% of companies referencing SASB domiciled outside US since 2018

SASB tracks unique referencing companies over a two-year period because many companies prepare sustainability reports every other year.

SASB References 2020 YTD: 1397

52% of companies referencing SASB domiciled outside US in 2020 YTD

SASB References, by Reference Type

Generic Reference
Materiality Assessment
Metrics Reporting
Participation

General Reference = SASB referenced generically
Materiality Assessment: SASB considered for material topic selection
Metrics Reporting = SASB Reporters
Participation = SASB referenced as part of a company’s involvement in SASB activities

SASB References, by World Region

Asia Pacific
 Canada
Europe: non-EU
Europe: EU
Europe: UK
Latin America & the Caribbean
Middle East & Africa
United States

Standards Downloads

Interest in SASB has skyrocketed, with thousands of professionals downloading industry standards.

  • 630,000+ standards downloads

  • 43,000+ unique users

  • 170+ countries represented


Standards Downloads, by SICS© Sector, since October 2018

Consumer Goods = CG,   Extractives & Minerals Processing = EM,   Financials = FN,   Food & Beverage = FB,  Health Care = HC,   Infrastructure = IF,   Renewable Resources & Alternative Energy = RR,   Resource Transformation = RT, Services = SV,   Technology & Communications = TC,   Transportation = TR

Standards Downloads, by World Region

Asia Pacific
 Canada
Europe
Latin America & the Caribbean
Middle East & Africa
United States

Involvement in Standard-Setting Input


Standards Advisory Group (SAG)


The SAG is a standing committee of volunteer industry experts from corporations, financial institutions, and third parties that provide ongoing feedback on the implementation and use of the SASB standards, as well as emerging sustainability issues.

Total Current Members: 209

38% of members from outside the US, 20 countries represented

SAG Members, by Role

Corporate
Investor
Subject Matter Expert

SAG Members, by World Region

Asia Pacific
 Canada
Europe
Latin America & the Caribbean
Middle East & Africa
United States


Feedback on the Provisional Standards


Thousands of corporate professionals, investors, and industry experts have provided input on the standards.

Over the 6 years prior to the release of the standards in 2018:

Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting (FSA) Credential

1660 FSA registrants from 45 countries

460 FSA Credential holders



Notes:

  1. The information provided is for general reference purposes only. 
  2. Data sets are updated at different intervals: SASB report and reference statistics are updated monthly. Standards download numbers are updated daily. Alliance, Investor Advisory Group, Standards Advisory Group, and Licensee numbers are updated as-needed. AUM information is accurate as of December 31, 2019 or closest possible date.
  3. Due to update schedules, charts and text numbers may not always match. Please contact SASB for confirmation of most recent numbers.