Frequently asked questions regarding the Global 100 ranking

Please see answers below for the most commonly asked questions about the Corporate Knights Global 100 ranking.


Corporate Knights Portal Functionality Questions


I tried to create a login, but never received the confirmation email, even in my junk folder. What do I do?

Please e-mail and provide your e-mail and telephone number.


Is there a recording of the webinar available?

Yes, you can view it on the Corporate Knights Youtube channel.


Can I change data point values?

Yes. Please also provide information in the notes by clicking the “i”.


I have updated (re-written) on a numeric field and -even after SAVE- it does not turn into light green, but changes from blue to a grey background. Is this correct?

After entering new data, please select the green check mark beside the box, this confirms you approve this added data and the box will turn light green.


Is it possible for us to create user accounts on the Corporate Knights platform for some of our other colleagues in the company?

Yes. Please e-mail the e-mails any other users in your company you would like us to set up and account and they will receive an e-mail promptly.


Can I upload images as supporting documentation?

No. In the future, it will be possible to upload supporting documentation.  In the mean time, in exceptional circumstances where the image file cannot be converted to text of a  web link, you can e-mail with the file in question.


We are unable to view the .CSV file of the download. What do we do?

Try the below:

  1. Download the .CSV file
  2. Open a new Excel document and navigate to the Data tab.
  3. Click “From Text”.
  4. Navigate to the CSV file you wish to open and click “Import”.
  5. From the newly-opened window, choose “Delimited”. Then click “Next”.
  6. Check the box next to the type of delimiter – in most cases this is either a semicolon or a comma. …
  7. Click “Finish”.

If that doesn’t work, email and we will send you a copy by email.


Indicator/Methodology Questions


How do we know what qualifies as clean revenue or clean investment? 

Any of the clean taxonomy segments included on in the Corporate Knights Clean Taxonomy here:


A general question on data sources and the need to be publicly available – if we have the data but have not made it public, but are willing to provide it to Corporate Knights, can that be accepted?

Yes, in most cases. Please provide as much detail as necessary for our analysts to properly vet the submission. The gold standard is to make it publicly available or commit to making it publicly available by some specified date, which can be indicated in the notes section of the portal.


For the fines/sanctions question, is there a “size threshold” to consider in our answer (i.e. should aggregate all fines/sanctions/settlements, no matter how small, or take into consideration only the most significant – and if yes, what would be the minimum cap)?

Please ensure you include all fines over USD 100,000.



For the fines/sanctions question, should we construe settlements to include amounts paid to settle civil litigation matters?

Yes. Unless they have not been paid AND are being appealed.


We are a financial institution and would like to calculate our % of our AUM and/or corporate lending to publicly traded companies according to their percentage of clean revenues—can Corporate Knights provide us with a list of publicly traded companies, showing each of their clean revenue percentages?

Yes. Please e-mail and Corporate Knights will send the clean revenue percentages for all companies with coverage in our database.


Should we be reporting market-based or location-based scope 2 GHG emissions?



How do you calculate the clean revenue for pharmaceutical companies?

Percentage of revenues earned from equitably priced products for the list of 77 diseases, conditions and pathogens included in the 2018 Access to Medicine Index.  (p. 27:


Total employee costs: should the amount reported here include social contributions as stipulated by law, such as state pension, social insurance, health insurance etc?

Yes. Please include all contributions made by company for employee compensation and benefits.


Board directors: should we include employee representatives in this figure?

All voting members on the board should be included. Non-voting members should not be included.


EBITDA: are you asking for “pure” EBITDA or adjusted EBITDA?  



Regarding the racial diversity indicator for board and executives, our local legal environment does not allow us to monitor individuals based on their race and ethnicity. What should we do?

If it is not possible to provide the aggregate number of racially diverse board or executive members (note: we ask that you do NOT reveal any individual information), please make note of this in the notes section and Corporate Knights will calculate this number independently based on careful consideration of pictures, names and bios.


For the Board of Directors (and the Executive Committee), do you use data as of year-end 2019 (eg 31/12/2019) or at the time of review, (eg. Following the 2020 AGM)?

Time of review.


In cases where we have re-stated historical values, should we keep the data as it was published in the previous years or the pro-forma/restated figures?

Pro-forma/restated figures.


If my company recently completed a merger, what values should we provide for historical results.

In cases such as these provide the values for the larger company unless consolidated results are available.


Total acquisitions and other investments:  which figure should be reported here? The cash amount paid for acquired companies or the effect on P&L?

The cash amount.


Our sustainability report which includes the requested data will only be published after the Corporate Knights ranking comes out. Is there a way for me to provide such data and add that comment?

Yes. Please include link to the section of your site where report will be posted and clarify in the notes section when the report will be publicly available.


Our company reports in different units than specified on the Corporate Knights portal. How do we convert metrics into units specific on the Corporate Knights portal?

To convert metrics you can either add Google’s conversion extension to your Chrome browser here:, or you can google unit “x” to “y” where you have data point in unit “x” and want to convert it to unit “y.”


Is there a way to identify if a particular metric doesn’t apply to our business?

Please look at the weights (to the left of the Value box). Anything with less than 1% weight is relatively unimportant.


What does “Clean Investment” mean?

For non-financial companies, clean investments (which include clean capex, clean R&D, clean acquisitions and other) refer to any investments that align with the Corporate Knights Clean Taxonomy.  For Financial sector companies, “Clean Capex” refers to investments that improve operational sustainability such as greening bank branches or buying EVs; “Green R&D” refers to R&D into sustainable finance solutions such as new wealth management platforms to enable values-aligned investing, and Clean Acquisitions and other investments refer to any acquisitions of sustainable finance companies.  “No clean examples identified” means that our analysts were unable to find the amount of clean investments.


Can you provide more information about the weightings applied to “*” criteria? I understood that they share the same weight, with for instance Total Clean Capital Expenditures; Total Clean R&D and Total Clean Acquisitions and Other Investments being collectively weighted 7.5%.  

The calculation is: (Total Clean Capital Expenditures + Total Clean R&D + Total Clean Acquisitions) and Other Investments divided by (Total Capital Expenditures + Total R&D + Total Acquisitions.


What is the relation between the “clean” triad (Clean CAPEX/R&D/Acquisitions and other investments) of the Environment section, and the similar triad (CAPEX/R&D/Acquisitions…) of the Economic section?

The former is the numerator and the latter is the denominator.


General Questions


What are the eligibility requirements for the Global 100 ranking?

 To be eligible for the Global 100 ranking, a company’s gross revenue for FY2019 needs to be more than US$1 billion and the company should be publicly traded.


 Is participating in the ranking free for companies?

There is no cost associated with participating in the ranking.


Our company is private. Is it eligible to be part of the Global 100 universe?

The Global 100 ranks publicly traded companies with more than US$1 billion of gross revenue. While private companies are not part of the Global 100 universe, Corporate Knights has other rankings in which private company data is used, such as the Best 50 ranking. In addition, we provide quarterly ESG updates, using data from private and public companies, to clients and investors who use our ESG information to create and or monitor portfolios.


What data sources were used to collect the research?

The fiscal 2019 data (2021 Global 100) was collected by looking through annual reports, sustainability reports and company websites and in some cases was supplemented with data from third party providers.


How are Corporate Knights Industry Groups determined?

The Corporate Knights Industry Groups (CKIG), which is a classification system developed by Corporate Knights, which groups companies along according to clean revenue characteristics and resource intensity. You can download the full universe of companies with their CKIG classification here. Please e-mail if you feel there is strong case for your company to have its classification changed.


Will you accept data that has not been made public or that will be made public in the future?

We prefer data that has been made public at the time of submission or will be made public in advance of the Global 100 release. If this is not possible, Corporate Knights can still accept the data for ratings purposes, provided the company provides Corporate Knights with permission to make the data public.


Does receiving a data-verification request mean that my company has been shortlisted for the ranking?

If you have received a data-verification request, it does not mean that you have been shortlisted. It means that your company is considered part of the core research universe we analyze to determine the shortlist.


How can I get more details on my company’s performance compared to our peers?

Corporate Knights has two paid products to help companies assess their performance compared to their peers: a Benchmarking Report or a Scorecard. Please contact our associate publisher, Erin Gardhouse, for more information at Benchmarking Reports consist of an extensive analysis of the sustainability performance of your company and 10 of your chosen peers. Scorecards give you a more general overview of the overall performance of your Corporate Knights Industry Group compared to your company. Your company can also request a complimentary summary file; requests are fulfilled after the release of the Global 100 ranking in January.


What is the schedule for the 2021 Global 100?

First week of November: E-mail with data verification request sent to all companies in ranking universe.
November 20: Deadline for data verification by companies
Week of November 30: Results are shared with companies that qualified for the Global 100 (under embargo until January 25th, 2021)
Week of December 7: Results are shared with companies that did not qualify for the Global 100
January 25: Global 100 results made public (Global Release)

Dates are subject to change.

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