ESG Factors - Master Lists - Categories

There are many ESG Factors that can affect corporate reputation, are integral elements of capital markets valuation, shape investor perceptions of issuers, impact on company relationships with stakeholders and stockholders, influence the public sector and NGOs, and more.  These factors vary in importance company-to-company, or within an industry, or a sector, and by geography, market cap size, and other dynamics. 

Some companies have combinations of critical issues that are “E” and “G,” or “E” and “G” and “S” (that is a combination of environmental, governance and social issues and concerns).  In other situations it is the combination of ESG Performance Factors that would seem to affirm and confirm the long-term sustainability of the enterprise.

To help you understand the broad scope of ESG Factors, and some of the critical single sets of issues involved, we’ve assembled the following top-line critical issues that are in focus today by investors, financial analysts and advisors; social and issue advocates and activists; good governance advocates; government officials (including public employee pension funds and sovereign fund managers); raters and rankers; and other key stakeholders. 

We welcome your suggestions and comments to keep the list current and as comprehensive as possible.

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Click headline below for list in each category. 

E – Environmental and Energy Related Issues

S – Social / Societal Issues and Concerns

G – Corporate Governance


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