Corporate sustainability management is increasingly viewed as a key management theme every corporation must pursue, and investors pay close attention ever to the sustainability performance of the investee companies.GSIA ( Global Sustainable Investment Alliance )
KCGS started corporate governance ratings in 2003 based on a high level of transparency and expertise. Since 2011, it has conducted ESG ratings that include social responsibility and environmental management, measuring the level of sustainable management at listed companies in Korea every year. Through ESG ratings, KCGS aims to help listed firms understand where they are in sustainability management and seek improvement where necessary. The ESG rating models have been developed by KCGS independently, not only aligned with international standards such as the OECD principles on corporate governance and ISO 26000 but also faithfully reflective of legal and management circumstances in Korea.
Corporate disclosure (e.g. business reports, sustainability reports, and websites), materials such as from regulatory bodies and municipalities, and media coverageAbout 1,000 listed companies are rated.
More than 900 raw data are collected per company.
Is a system in place to minimize ESG risks?
Is there any ESG-related issue likely to degrade corporate value?
Adopt various data verification methods for accurate evaluation
Two-way feedback via a web-based rating system
KCGS rates all the KOSPI-listed companies and selected KOSDAQ firms. Ratings are performed based on publicly available data initially, and rated firms can provide feedback on our website dedicated to ESG ratings, where detailed information regarding rating activities is available, including rating results, rating models and guidelines, and revision history.
KCGS designed trust marks for ESG ratings so as to help investors easily recognize ratings and support the rated companies to make use of the rating result in their public relations activities.
The marks and banners provided below may be used in the companies’ website and publicity materials.
Contact : ESG Ratings Office at +82-2-3775-3339
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