ESG Institutions

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There are currently 5 relevant ESG institutions in this directory beginning with the letter S.
SASB - Sustainability Accounting Standards Board
Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) is a voluntary sustainability reporting framework for U.S. publicly listed companies with a unique sector-based materiality approach. It is an investor-driven and business focused framework. SASB encourages integrated disclosure in a company's financial filings. [Source: Global Affairs Associates]

SIF - Sustainable Investment Forum
A sustainable investment forum is an association promoting sustainable investments and finance in a national or multinational financial market. There are many SIFs in Europe, most of which are partners and founders of Eurosif. Eurosif together with other regional and national SIFs has founded the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA) to align activities and gain a market overview on sustainable investments globally. [Source: Swiss Sustainable Finance]

An organization that is dedicated to accelerating a new global market at the intersection of money and meaning. SOCAP seeks to create a platform where social impact leaders can connect and present their ideas to a global audience [Source: First Affirmative Financial Network]

Sustainability Research Provider / Sustainability Rating Provider
Organisation providing research and/or ratings on the sustainability performance of companies, issuers, countries or sectors. Most investors and asset managers use such third-party information when preparing sustainable investment products. [Source: Swiss Sustainable Finance]

The Swiss Association for Responsible Investments (SVVK - ASIR) is an association of large pension funds aiming to provide services to its members that enable them to invest responsibly. This entails the inclusion of ESG criteria in their investment decisions, where the association supports its members through norms-based and product- based portfolio screening and engagement. The normative standards applied are the Swiss constitution and Swiss law, ILO conventions and the Global Compact. The association was founded in December 2015. [Source: Swiss Sustainable Finance]


  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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