S&P 500® Gets Serious About Sustainability Reporting

The Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc. (G&A), a leading consulting firm on corporate sustainability and ESG, today announced the findings of its 2021 Sustainability Reporting in Focus research on sustainability reporting trends among companies in the S&P 500® Index and the Russell 1000® Index. 

A major finding in G&A’s 2021 Sustainability Reporting in Focus report, focusing on the 2020 publication year, was that 92% of the S&P 500 companies published a sustainability report in 2020, up from 90% in 2019.

G&A’s detailed research findings on Russell 1000 companies for the 2020 publication year include the following examples:

  • 52% of the reporting companies used the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards
  • 39% of the reporting companies aligned with the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Standards
  • 17% of the reporting companies aligned with the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) Recommendations
  • 42% of reporting companies presented alignment with specific UN SDGs
  • 35% of reporting companies utilized external assurance for their sustainability disclosures
  • 40% of the Russell 1000 responded to the CDP Climate Change questionnaire

Read the detailed report here.

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