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How Sustainability Indices Can Support the Global ESG Push

This post is by Jenna Ross from Visual Capitalist

The following content is sponsored by ICE

How Sustainability Indices Can Support the Global ESG Push

The rise of sustainable investing has been fueled by a growing awareness of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues. 

Alongside this, many investors want to have a positive impact. The issuance of impact bonds—where proceeds are used for a specific social or green cause—rose by 58% from 2020 to 2021.

Sustainability indices play a key role in the market, helping investors and portfolio managers benchmark performance and create new ESG investment products.

In this graphic from ICE, the last in a three-part series on the ESG toolkit, we explore the different types of ICE Sustainability Indices.

1. Green, Social, and Sustainable Bond Indices

What they do: Track bonds that promote climate change mitigation or that aim for positive social outcomes, such as reduced poverty levels. 

Investors can also access sub-indices that track debt in specific currencies, or that cater to different risk appetites via investment grade or high yield bonds.

The face value of many of these sustainability indices has grown considerably in recent years.

IndexDec 2018Dec 2020Jul 2022
ICE Green, Social,
and Sustainability
Bond Index
ICE BofA Green
Bond Index
ICE Sustainable
Bond Index
ICE Social
Bond Index
ICE Global High Yield
Green, Social &
Bond Index
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ESG Data: The Four Motivations Driving Usage

Environmental Markets Part 1 of 3
ESG Data Part 2 of 3
Sustainability Indices Part 3 of 3

The following content is sponsored by ICE.

ESG Data Motivations

ESG Data: The Four Motivations Driving Usage

Data is key to the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) revolution. Access to granular ESG data can help boost transparency for market participants. Unfortunately, 63% of U.S. and European asset managers say a lack of quantitative data inhibits their ESG implementation.

Being clear on the potential application of this data is equally important.

  • Investors and banks can use ESG data for risk assessment, to spot opportunities, and to push companies for change.
  • Companies can publish their own ESG data, quantify progress on their ESG goals, and use data to inform decisions.
  • Policymakers can use ESG data to inform regulatory frameworks and measure policy effectiveness.

This graphic from ICE, the second in a three part series on the ESG toolkit, explores four primary motivations of ESG data users.

1. Right Thing

The objective: Having a positive social or environmental impact.

For investors, this can involve screening out companies that conflict with their values and selecting companies that align with their ESG objectives.

As another example, it can involve comparing the social impact of municipal bonds. One way investors can measure social impact is through scores that quantify the potential socioeconomic need of an area, using metrics like poverty and education levels. Here are the social impact scores for three actual municipal bonds issued in Florida.

StateBond IssuerSocial Impact Score
(Higher = larger potential impact)
FloridaIssuer #176.5
FloridaIssuer #266.6
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