How to License SASB Standards

Organizations around the world integrate SASB Standards into their commercial activities. Through the SASB licensing platform, SASB Standards, evidence behind the determination of the Standards, and ancillary mappings to third party data sets inform and enhance a variety of use cases. Answers to common questions below will help with some of the basic elements of understanding licensing, and any additional questions can be directed to [email protected].


Frequently Asked Questions

Questions From Companies

I work for a company that is interested in disclosing consistent with the SASB Standards, is a license required?

SASB Standards are free for non-commercial use, such as corporate disclosure. For detailed instructions on how to get started, please visit the Implementation Primer.

Does SASB collect the data and metrics from companies reporting using the SASB Standards?

SASB is a standard-setting organization. SASB is not a data provider. There is no obligation for companies to report their SASB aligned disclosures directly to SASB, as this information is designed to be in the public domain. For licensees interested in a list of companies reporting consistent with the SASB Standards, please see our website.

Questions About Commercial Use

I want to use SASB IP commercially, how do I get the appropriate rights and permissions?

Please email [email protected] and we will get back to you quickly to explore your interest.

How does SASB define commercial use?

Commercial use of the Materiality Map™, SASB Standards and/or related IP is permissible when a licensing agreement is in place with the SASB Foundation; commercial use of SASP IP in the absence of such an agreement violates the copyright protections of SASB IP.

Examples of non-commercial and commercial use are included below. For more information on licensing the Materiality Map™, SASB Standards and/or related materials for commercial or research use, please contact us at [email protected].

Examples of Commercial and Non-Commercial Use of SASB IP

Non-Commercial Use

  • Using the Standards for your industry(ies) to collect data and report your organization’s performance internally or externally
  • Consulting the Materiality Map™ to learn about SASB
  • Using the Standards for corporate engagement with portfolio companies
  • Using the Standards for manager selection and/or evaluation (limited to asset owners)
  • Referencing SASB in proxy voting guidelines or investment policies
  • Publishing an article or non-commercial content that includes limited content from the Standards or other SASB resources

Commercial Use

  • Incorporating the Materiality Map™ (or a substantial reproduction of the Materiality Map™) into an internal research database
  • Using the Standards (or a substantial reproduction of the Standards) to rate or evaluate companies
  • Mapping SASB Standards or the Materiality Map™ to a third-party data vendor and/or ESG ratings vendor
  • Incorporating the Standards into investible products, ratings products, or products offering ESG data
  • Incorporating the Standards into research reports or analytics platforms
  • Using the Standards for manager selection and/or evaluation in an investment process on behalf of fee-paying clients
  • Using the Standards in a consultative or advisory basis

Questions About Content

What SASB IP is available to license aside from the Materiality Map?

All of SASB’s IP available for licensing includes:

  1. The Standards (Materiality Map) at different levels of granularity to best suit your organization’s needs
  2. Mappings to third-party frameworks and data providers such as the Sustainable Development Goals and third-party raters and rankers such as (MSCI, Sustainalytics, and others).
  3. A database of 89,000+ public entity ISINs mapped to their respective industry within SASB’s Sustainable Industry Classification System® (SICS®)
  4. SASB Disclosure Topics and the corresponding impact on financial drivers
  5. SASB Disclosure Topics and the corresponding climate risks from the TCFD and the SASB climate risk bulletin
  6. SASB corporate engagement questions for all 77 SICS® industries
  7. SASB Disclosure Topics and the corresponding industry working group (IWG) materiality ratings
How often does SASB update licensing content?

SASB Standards, evidence behind the Standards, and links to third-party data sets and schema update episodically. Updates from SASB will come as standard-setting projects conclude or as third parties evolve their methodologies. All licensees will be provided resources to account for any changes for seamless updates and integration. SASB updates its database of 89,000+ public entity ISINs mapped to their respective SICS® industry on a quarterly basis. These updates will be delivered by the 15th day of each new quarter.

Questions Regarding Technical Difficulties

I have tried to download several of the Standards and am experiencing technical difficulties, can you help?

If you are looking to access the standards for informational (i.e. non-commercial) purposes, we suggest downloading Standards for one sector at a time. If you are looking to access the standards for commercial purposes, we can ease your use of SASB IP and get you the rights to use SASB IP. SASB Standards are available for licensees in a consolidated and easily navigable manner, as part of a licensing relationship. In addition to rights to use SASB IP, SASB provides a flexible file, IP rights, technical support, and rights to use SASB marks.

Is the SASB Materiality Map™ available in an excel file?

Yes, SASB’s Materiality Map™, which is a visualization of the more detailed Standards, can be accessed through a formal licensing agreement. If you would like access to this file and the rights to use the contents of the map in your commercial activities, please email [email protected] to get started.

Questions From Non Commercial Users

Can I use SASB in academic research? If so, how do I proceed?

SASB offers no-cost academic licenses. For requests, please contact [email protected] with details about your research so SASB can identify the tools to best support your work.

Can I make references to SASB’s work in written materials such as reports, presentations, or other publications?

Yes, SASB content can be referenced in articles, reports, and other educational publications.
Please email [email protected] and describe your considered use to get started and receive appropriate permissions.

Common Questions

Does SASB provide ESG ratings?

No. SASB is an independent standard setter that facilitates a market-informed and evidence-based process to determine likely financially material issues through an industry-specific approach. We do not assess individual companies on their performance on these issues. If you’d like to learn more about how SASB works with ESG rating and ranking organizations, visit our webpage on SASB’s Role in ESG Indices or email [email protected].