SASB’s evidence-based, market-informed, and transparent process identifies the ESG issues most likely to be financially material for 77 industries, making SASB Standards valuable for many commercial purposes.
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SASB makes it easy for asset managers, asset owners, data and research firms, and corporate reporting software providers to use SASB Standards and/or the Sustainable Industry Classification System® (SICS®) to focus their processes and products on the ESG information that matters to investors.
Use of SASB in the investment process
- SASB’s financial materiality framework provides investors with an evidence-based, market-informed, and industry-specific lens to integrate ESG more effectively into the investment process, while still allowing for customization to fit each organization’s needs. Benefit from the credibility of the SASB Standards and the additional insights of SICS® by using SASB’s intellectual property for a range of use cases in the investment process.
Use of SASB in investment product development
- Some investors incorporate SASB’s Intellectual Property (IP) in a range of investment products, particularly ESG-integrated indexes. SASB offers clear guidance for how investment products can be labeled as “SASB-aligned,” described to “include SASB as one component among many,” or other relevant descriptions. SASB helps ensure products using SASB’s IP are clearly conveyed to the market.
Use of SASB by data and analytics providers
- As a standard-setter, SASB does not collect data or provide analytics or ratings on company performance. Instead, SASB works with dozens of data and analytics providers to map SASB to their existing database via a stand-alone Excel file and/or integrate SASB Standards as a module in the provider’s platform. There is no one-size-fits-all—some providers use SASB disclosure topics, whereas others provide a granular solution based on the SASB accounting metrics. SASB works with organizations to find the best way to respond to growing client interest.
Use of SASB in corporate reporting software and enterprise risk management
- As the number of investors and policy makers recommending SASB disclosure rapidly accelerates, companies are responding to the call and looking for implementation support. Solutions providers that help companies manage their data for reporting and/or help companies manage enterprise risks can license SASB’s intellectual property to meet this growing demand.