2022 Credit Outlook: Understanding the Impact of ESG on Credit Profiles

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Andrew Lin

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With the growth of ESG investing and the awareness of the issues in the financial markets, the difference between a company’s sustainability record versus the financial risks from ESG are often confused.  Whereas ESG sustainability factors  looks at how the company impacts the world, ESG credit risk factors look at how the world impacts the company. In fact, in most cases, a company’s environmentally or socially conscious initiatives have little material impact on the company’s credit profile. The exceptions are when such initiatives are tied to legislation, regulations or contractual commitments with financial implications. Examples of these can be the mandatory participation in a carbon trading scheme or the terms of a sustainability-linked bond. Join us for this webinar to hear how DBRS Morningstar credit analysts assess ESG factors in the rating of corporate issuers.
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