More people, companies and governments are seeking to invest in sustainable businesses and projects. Moody’s Investors Service (MIS) offers independent credit analysis and accountability to help these investors move forward with critical insight.
In 2017, we highlighted the material links between sustainability and creditworthiness with even greater transparency. For example, by expanding and enhancing the ways that MIS is taking a more systematic approach to incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations into its credit analysis, we’re helping issuers understand the impact that ESG factors can have on their businesses and credit quality. MIS’ analysis is supported by dedicated ESG and Green Bond Assessment teams that produce environmental research and specialized products designed to bring transparency and comparability to the marketplace. The MIS ESG Initiative has grown to include more than 80 analysts in three ESG Working Groups across Asia, Europe and the Americas.
We take this same integrative approach to environmental sustainability in our own operations through paperless business practices and sustainability engagement efforts, renting space in LEED-certified buildings — and even recycling the fry oil in our kitchens. Our Environmental Task Force and CSR Impact Leaders are also pitching in, finding opportunities to drive down our energy consumption and decrease our environmental footprint.
We believe in reducing our adverse impact on the planet. And by helping others to better assess the value of sustainability in financial markets, we can make an even greater positive difference.