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].
How to License SASB Standards
Frequently Asked Questions
Questions From Companies
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
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
- 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
- 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
All of SASB’s IP available for licensing includes:
- The Standards (Materiality Map) at different levels of granularity to best suit your organization’s needs
- 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).
- A database of 89,000+ public entity ISINs mapped to their respective industry within SASB’s Sustainable Industry Classification System® (SICS®)
- SASB Disclosure Topics and the corresponding impact on financial drivers
- SASB Disclosure Topics and the corresponding climate risks from the TCFD and the SASB climate risk bulletin
- SASB corporate engagement questions for all 77 SICS® industries
- SASB Disclosure Topics and the corresponding industry working group (IWG) materiality ratings
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
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.
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
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.
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].