Standards Overview

SASB standards enable businesses around the world to identify, manage and communicate financially-material sustainability information to their investors.

SASB has developed a complete set of 77 codified standards. In November 2018 SASB published these standards, providing a complete set of globally applicable industry-specific standards which identify the minimal set of financially material sustainability topics and their associated metrics for the typical company in an industry.

These standards are explained graphically through our Materiality Map, are available for individual sector download and may be viewed through our complete Standards Navigator database.  SASB staff and Standards Board followed a Conceptual Framework and Rules of Procedure to develop these standards which are designed to be cost-effective for companies to implement and decision-useful to both companies and investors.

SASB provides an Engagement Guide for investors to consider questions to discuss with companies regarding financially material issues as well as an Implementation Guide (update in early 2019) for companies which explains issues and approaches to consider when implementing SASB standards.

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Getting Started with SASB Standards

SASB’s Field Guide provides investors and companies with a high-level overview of the key characteristics of an industry, while also addressing what related sustainability challenges it faces compared to other industries. Helping readers easily and quickly understand the sustainability-related risks and opportunities of each of the 77 industries, the guide identifies specific SASB topics and metrics per industry, how they are linked to value and their financial impact.


Contents of a Standard


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