ESG
Relevance Scores

A proprietary scoring system, integrated within our credit ratings, that provides a value-neutral view on how different ESG risk issues specifically impact credit with complete transparency

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About
ESG Relevance Scores:

ESG Relevance Scores, our proprietary integrated scoring system, show how ESG factors impact individual credit rating decisions. It is the first product of its kind to provide a value-neutral view on how different ESG risk issues specifically impact credit. ESG Relevance Scores will identify which ESG risk issues are material and relevant to your credit decisions with a completely transparent and easily understood view.

ESG Relevance Scores Data is available for the majority of Fitch Ratings publicly rated entities and transactions across banks & other financial institutions, corporates, insurance, global infrastructure, public finance, sovereigns, and structured finance.

Learn more and see how easily Fitch can systematically integrate ESG factors into its credit risk analysis and ratings across asset classes and sectors as part of the comprehensive Sustainable Fitch ESG suite. Only Fitch provides a one-stop-shop for the ESG financial community with tools, data, research and insights under one holistic, modular, user-friendly ESG investing umbrella.

How did Fitch generate the Relevance Scores?

Fitch’s Sustainable Finance group first guided our credit analysts to identify sector-specific ESG credit issues, and then to group them into categories based on the headline ESG elements. The exercise enabled the analysts to separate the elements of ESG that affect fundamental credit at a sector level. This then enabled analysts to clearly identify and display which of the ESG risk elements plays a part in each entity’s credit rating decision. The process also linked each relevant ESG risk to specific rating criteria factors within our existing sector Navigators.

ESG
Scoring Definitions

Lowest Relevance

1

Irrelevant to the entity rating and irrelevant to the sector.

2

Irrelevant to the entity rating and irrelevant to the sector.

Neutral

3

Minimally relevant to rating, either very low impact or actively managed in a way that results in no impact on the entity rating

Credit-Relevant to Issuer

4

Relevant to rating, not a key rating driver but has an impact on the rating in combination with other factors

5

Highly relevant, a key rating driver that has a significant impact on the rating on an individual basis.

How are Fitch Ratings ESG Relevance Scores created?

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ESG Relevance Scores Data

Fixed income ESG data can be disparate, difficult to obtain, and hard to work with. Our Relevance Scores Data helps close the gap, providing a value-neutral view on how different ESG risk issues specifically impact credit.

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