Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA)

An in-depth assessment of your company’s sustainability performance that allows you to monitor KPIs over time and can serve as an essential tool to improve operations and your sustainability ranking in your industry. The CSA offers you an affordable way to leverage the unique expertise and the proprietary methodology and database underlying the world’s most renowned sustainability benchmark, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI).


Who benefits from this service?

Companies looking to establish a sustainability baseline and gain independent insight into how their sustainability performance compares with that of their peers. Companies that have not been invited to participate in the annual RobecoSAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment may commission a Company Assessment to have their corporate sustainability performance evaluated.

See our Benefits section for more detail on all benefits by target group.


What do you get?

  • A benchmarking scorecard covering all criteria assessed that shows your company's sustainability performance, both in absolute and relative terms, compared to the different DJSI indices, the industry average and the industry's best-in-class company.
  • An industry overview listing the members from your industry in the different DJSI indices, RobecoSAM’s insight into key industry drivers as well as information on the distribution of total and dimensional scores in your industry and in the DJSI World.
  • Personal interaction with our experts: To make sure that you really get the most out of your assessment, the Corporate Sustainability Assessment also includes a one-hour conference call with the RobecoSAM specialist for your industry who will explain the methodology and discuss key findings with you.
  • Distinctions: Leading companies may be eligible for membership in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) and inclusion in the RobecoSAM Sustainability Yearbook to enhance the internal and external visibility of their outstanding sustainability performance.
Complementary services:
RobecoSAM offers subsidiary assessments as well as assessments with a customized benchmark for companies that have participated in the DJSI assessment and companies that have purchased a Corporate Sustainability Assessment.

How have others used this service?

An independent survey[1] by GlobeScan and SustainAbility confirmed that the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, which are based on the scores calculated from RobecoSAM’s CSA, have “the most positive impact on sustainability performance”, and are “the rating most familiar to experts” as well as “the second most credible rating after the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)” (note: climate change questions in the CSA are aligned with CDP).An independent expert study[2] commissioned by the United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative described the RobecoSAM CSA as “the most rigorous in terms of the number of questions and depth of information requested.”

[1] “Polling the Experts, The 2013 Ratings Survey” A GlobeScan/SustainAbility Survey
[2] “If you ask us... Understanding Corporate Sustainability Disclosure Requests”, a research paper by the UNEP Finance Initiative, 2008

Contact us to learn more in a personal conversation or to receive a detailed factsheet including service fees by email.

Corporate Sustainability Assessment Compact (CSA compact)

The Corporate Sustainability Assessment compact (CSA compact) offers you an in-depth assessment and tailored benchmarking of your company’s sustainability performance for selected sustainability criteria. It will allow you to create a sustainability baseline for selected areas in your company and to monitor KPIs over time. Targeted benchmarking options will provide you with the information needed to improve the sustainability of your operations and to learn from your peers. Benchmarking includes comparison of scores, quantitative data as well as industry good practice examples and trends.


Who benefits from this service?

Companies looking for independent insight into how their sustainability performance in selected areas compares with that of their peers. The CSA compact is available to companies that want to focus on a certain sustainability dimension or subset of sustainability criteria.

See our Benefits section for more detail on all benefits by target group.


What do you get?

  • A benchmarking scorecard covering all assessed criteria that shows your company's sustainability performance, both in absolute and relative terms, compared to the different DJSI indices, the industry average and the industry's best-in-class company.
  • An industry overview listing the members from your industry in the different DJSI indices, RobecoSAM’s insight into key industry drivers as well as information on the distribution of total and dimensional scores in your industry and in the DJSI World. .
  • Personal interaction with our experts: To make sure that you really get the most out of your assessment, the Corporate Sustainability Assessment also includes a one-hour conference call with the RobecoSAM specialist for your industry who will explain the methodology and discuss key findings with you.
Complementary services:
Targeted benchmarking packages These are tailored to your selected assessment areas and are based on our standard Company Benchmarking Report (CBR) for dimension and criteria-level analysis and our Detailed Peer Analysis (DPA) for question-level benchmarking. Please see the relevant factsheets for screenshots of the services.

How have others used this service?

An independent survey[1] by GlobeScan and SustainAbility confirmed that the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, which are based on the scores calculated from RobecoSAM’s CSA, have “the most positive impact on sustainability performance”, and are “the rating most familiar to experts” as well as “the second most credible rating after the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)” (note: climate change questions in the CSA are aligned with CDP).An independent expert study[2] commissioned by the United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative described the RobecoSAM CSA as “the most rigorous in terms of the number of questions and depth of information requested.”

[1] “Polling the Experts, The 2013 Ratings Survey” A GlobeScan/SustainAbility Survey
[2] “If you ask us... Understanding Corporate Sustainability Disclosure Requests”, a research paper by the UNEP Finance Initiative, 2008

Contact us to learn more in a personal conversation or to receive a detailed factsheet including service fees by email.

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