ESG Frameworks, Glossary

ESG Frameworks

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There are currently 5 ESG Frameworks in this directory beginning with the letter C.
Carbon Tracker
An initiative working to align capital markets with climate change objectives. [Source: Schroders]

CDP - Carbon Disclosure Project
CDP is a voluntary survey and score for companies and governments to disclose their environmental impact. Investors are the primary audience. Disclosures are made via the CDP survey/database. [Source: Global Affairs Associates]

CDSB - Climate Disclosure Standards Board
A voluntary reporting framework for disclosing material environmental information in mainstream financial reports and natural capital and climate change-related information. CDSB was set up to promote greater alignment between natural and financial capital through disclosure standards, research and advocacy. [Source: Global Affairs Associates]

Core SI
Sustainable investment products (investment funds and discretionary mandates) with a written sustainability investment policy as part of the prospectus or contract are considered Core SI. Usually, such sustainable investment products apply multiple approaches (i.e. exclusion criteria in combination with a best-in-class approach or an ESG integration approach in combination with ESG voting and engagement). [Source: Swiss Sustainable Finance]

Corporate Governance Codes
A set of standards detailing good practice in relation to board leadership and effectiveness, remuneration, accountability and relations with shareholders. These purposeful dialogues are established by local regulators on a country-by-country basis. [Source: Schroders]


  1. Allianz Global Investors, ESG Glossary, Retrieved: September 12,2020
  2. First Affirmative Financial Network, Glossary of Responsible Investing Terms, Retrieved: September 12,2020
  3. Global Affairs Associates, ESG Glossary, Retrieved: September 12,2020
  4. Invesco Ltd., Glossary: Understanding ESG jargon, Retrieved: September 12,2020
  5. Nuveen, LLC., Glossary: Responsible investing, Retrieved: September 12,2020
  6. Schroders Investment Management North America Inc., Understanding sustainable investment and ESG investment terms, Retrieved: September 12,2020
  7. Stanford Graduate School of Business, Corporate Governance Research Initiative, Retrieved: September 12,2020
  8. Swiss Sustainable Finance, Glossary, Retrieved: September 12,2020

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