General Global 100 Questions
What is the Global 100?
Since 2005, the Global 100 has been one of the world’s most valued and transparent rules-based sustainability ratings that emphasizes the impact of a company’s core products and services. It is the best-performing global sustainability index (ticker: CKG100), with more than 10 years of history. All publicly-traded companies with over US$1 billion in revenue are assessed across 24 key performance indicators, including % sustainable revenue, % sustainable investment, % taxes paid, carbon productivity, and racial and gender diversity. Companies engaging in “red flag” activities such as thermal coal, blocking climate policy and deforestation are disqualified. Our methodology illuminates the say-do gap. Only those companies making sustainable solutions a core part of their business offerings and allocating meaningful investments to reduce their carbon footprints make the grade.
What are the eligibility requirements for the Global 100 ranking?
To be eligible for the Global 100 ranking, a company’s gross revenue for the ranked fiscal year (FY2020 in 2022 ranking) must be more than US$1 billion, and the company must be publicly traded.
Is participating in the ranking free?
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 or monitor portfolios.
What data sources were used to collect the research?
Fiscal 2020 data 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 Peer Groups determined?
The Corporate Knights Peer Groups (CKPGs) is a classification system developed by Corporate Knights that groups companies according to sustainable revenue characteristics and resource intensity. Please email email@example.com if you feel there is a strong case for your company to have its classification changed.
We have data that Corporate Knights is requesting that we have not made public. We are, however, willing to provide it to Corporate Knights. Can that be accepted?
We prefer data that has been made public at the time of submission or that will be made public in advance of the Global 100 release. If this is not possible, Corporate Knights can accept the data for ratings purposes, provided the company gives Corporate Knights permission to make the data public. Please provide as much detail as necessary for our analysts to properly vet the submission.
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 eligible 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 provides complimentary summary scorecards to companies that participate in the data verification exercise.
Global 100 Methodology and Data Submission Questions
In cases where we have restated historical values, should we keep the data as it was published in the previous years or the pro-forma/restated figures?
If my company recently completed a merger, what values should we provide for historical results?
Provide the values for the larger company per market capitalization unless consolidated results are available for the fiscal year for which we are collecting data.
Our sustainability report, which includes the requested data, will 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 a link to the section of your site where the 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 our metrics into the units specific to the Corporate Knights portal?
To convert metrics you can either add Google’s conversion extension – https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/unit-converter/igjeajmonjofckmiheidpmebpmdbbiam?hl=en – to your Chrome browser.
NOTE: Please do not convert currencies in your submission; use the reporting currency indicated for your company.
Is there a way to identify that a particular metric doesn’t apply to our business?
Please look at the weights (to be released on September 15, 2021). Anything with less than 1% weight is relatively unimportant.
Fines and Sanctions
Is there a “size threshold” to consider in our answer? (i.e., should we aggregate all fines/sanctions/settlements, no matter how small, or take into consideration only the most significant?)
Please ensure you include all fines over US$100,000.
Should we construe settlements to include amounts paid to settle civil litigation matters?
Yes, unless they have not been paid AND are being appealed.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Should we be reporting market-based or location-based Scope 2 GHG emissions?
Should the amount reported as employee costs include social contributions as stipulated by law, such as state pension, social insurance, health insurance, etc.?
Yes. Please include all contributions made by the company for employee compensation and benefits.
Regarding EBITDA: are you asking for “pure” EBITDA or adjusted EBITDA?
Board of Directors and Executive Leadership/Diversity
Regarding the board of directors: who should be included?
All voting members on the board should be included. Non-voting members should not be included.
For the board of directors (and the executive committee), do you use data as of year-end 2020 (e.g. 31/12/2020) or at the time of review?
Time of review.
Regarding the racial-diversity indicator for board and executives, local laws do 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 indicate this in the notes section and Corporate Knights will calculate this number independently based on careful consideration of pictures, names and bios.
Which figure should be reported here – the cash amount paid for acquired companies or the effect on P&L?
The cash amount.
Sustainable Revenue and Sustainable Investment
How do we know what qualifies as Sustainable Revenue or Sustainable Investment?
Any revenue segment/CAPEX/R&D/acquisition that corresponds with any of the segments included in the Corporate Knights Sustainable Taxonomy qualifies (subject to scrutiny and/or change by our analysts).
What does Sustainable Investment mean?
For non-financial companies, Sustainable Investments (which include Sustainable CAPEX, Sustainable R&D, Sustainable Acquisitions and Other) refer to any investments that align with the Corporate Knights Sustainable Taxonomy.
For financial sector companies, Sustainable CAPEX refers to investments that improve operational sustainability such as greening bank branches or buying EVs; Sustainable R&D refers to R&D into sustainable finance solutions such as new wealth-management platforms to enable values-aligned investing; and Sustainable Acquisitions and Other refer to any acquisitions of sustainable finance companies
Can you provide more information about the weightings applied to “*” criteria, especially Sustainable Investment?
These share the same weight. Sustainable CAPEX, Sustainable R&D and Sustainable Acquisitions and Other are weighted as 7.5% in total as the Sustainable Investment indicator. The calculation is (Total Sustainable Capital Expenditures + Total Sustainable R&D + Total Sustainable Acquisitions and Other) divided by (Total Capital Expenditures + Total R&D + Total Acquisitions).
What is the relationship between the Sustainable triad (Sustainable CAPEX/R&D/Acquisitions and Other investments) of the Environment section and the similar triad (CAPEX/R&D/Acquisitions and Other of the Economic section?
The former is the numerator and the latter is the denominator.
We are a financial institution and would like to calculate the percentage of our AUM and/or corporate lending to publicly traded companies according to their percentage of sustainable revenues. Can Corporate Knights provide us with a list of publicly traded companies, showing each of their sustainable revenue percentages?
Yes. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send the sustainable revenue percentages for all companies with coverage in our database.
How do you calculate the Sustainable Revenue for pharmaceutical companies?
It’s the percentage of revenues earned from equitably priced products for the list of 77 diseases, conditions and pathogens included in the Methodology for the 2018 Access to Medicine Index (p. 27).
Corporate Knights Data Portal Functionality
Is it possible for us to create user accounts on the platform for additional colleagues?
Yes. To add users to your company profile, log in to the portal and select “Users,” then select [+] to enter a new user. Be sure to complete by clicking “Send password email” so your new user can create login credentials.
Can I change my company’s data point values?
Yes. Please also provide additional information in the notes by clicking the “i.”
Can I upload images as supporting documentation?
Not at this time. In the future, it will be possible to upload supporting documentation. In the meantime, in exceptional circumstances where the image file cannot be linked to via a text-format URL, you can email the file in question to email@example.com.
We are unable to view the .CSV file of the download. What do we do?
- Download the .CSV file.
- Open a new Excel document and navigate to the Data tab.
- Click on “From Text.”
- Navigate to the CSV file you wish to open and click on “Import.”
- From the newly opened window, choose “Delimited,” then click on “Next.”
- Check the box next to the type of delimiter – in most cases this is either a semicolon or a comma.
- Click on “Finish.”
If that doesn’t work, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you a copy directly.