2012 Corporate ESG / Sustainability / Responsibility Reporting – Does It Matter?

Analysis of S&P 500® Companies’ ESG Reporting Trends and Capital Markets Response

G&A team members for the second year have been examining corporate sustainability and responsibility reporting trends by US-domiciled companies to explore the question -- does such reporting really matter?  The research team began their research with these commonly-asked queries in mind:

  • Regarding Financial Performance – Do companies that report perform better in the capital markets over the long term?  Are there discernible share price (valuation) advantages for reporters?
  • Equity Indexes – Are companies reporting on sustainability more likely to be included in such popular sustainability indexes as the DJSI and NASDAQ OMX CRD Global Sustainability Index?
  • Key Corporate Reputational Lists / Awards –Are reporting companies selected more often for credible reputational lists such as Newsweek’s Green Rankings?
  • Key Corporate Ratings & Rankings – Are higher ratings and rankings achieved by reporting companies by leading organizations such as Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)?

This year G&A Institute elected to concentrate on the universe of the S&P500 companies (last year's report focused on the Fortune 500 companies). G&A initiated the change partly in response to feedback from readers of the first report, and to better align the report with the most commonly-used benchmark, the S&P 500.

If you would like to read last year's 2011 Fortune 500 Analysis you can view the details about the report and download it here.

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