CSA Methodology

Methology Updates

Methodology and Score Changes Review (09/2019)
This document provides general remarks on the 2019 assessment and explains scoring methodology changes and updates as well as related score developments.

Methodology Update 2019 (04/2019)
This brief presentation provides an overview of the key changes to the assessment criteria and affected industries compared to last year’s CSA.

CSA Companion (03/2019)
Provides companies with information on the rationale and intent behind general and cross-industry questions of the CSA. The CSA Companion offers additional details on the structure of each question, definitions used, and guidance on types of answers expected. It includes a summary mapping questions in the SAM CSA to their corresponding GRI reporting criteria.

2019 Weights (03/2019)
This document provides an overview of the criteria weights for each of the 61 SAM Industries.

Webcast replay (03/2019)
The annual webcast series dives into selected topic areas in more detail.

MSA Methodology Guidebook (06/2018)
This guidebook describes the Media & Stakeholder Analysis (MSA) methodology, and the recent updates introduced to the scoring approach and decision process to determine MSA impacts.

Supporting Documents

Measuring Intangibles – The SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment Methodology
This paper describes the philosophy behind the CSA and explains how the questionnaire is structured and how the score is calculated.

Sample questionnaire
To request a sample CSA questionnaire please visite our sample questionnaire page.

As you complete your questionnaire, this checklist will help you make sure you have everything you need to ensure your submission is complete.

Assurance Statement
To ensure quality and objectivity of the CSA, RobecoSAM voluntarily appoints independent third party Deloitte to conduct an external audit of the assessment process each year.

Frequently Asked Questions
Our FAQ document addresses the most common questions relating to the technical aspects of completing the online questionnaire, including benefits of participation, registration and passwords, deadlines, navigating the questionnaire, uploading documents, and saving and reviewing your work. A unit conversion table can also be found on the last page of the document. Should you have any additional questions regarding the completion of the questionnaire, please do not hesitate to contact our ESG ratings team at: or +41 44 653 10 30