86% of S&P 500 Index® Companies Publish Sustainability / Responsibility Reports in 2018
The Governance & Accountability Institute (G&A) research team determined that eighty-six percent (86%) of the companies in the S&P 500 Index® published sustainability or corporate responsibility reports in the year 2018.
This research effort marks G&A Institute’s eighth annual monitoring and analysis of sustainability responsibility reporting of the large-cap companies in the S&P 500 Index® — one of the most widely recognized barometers of the US economy and conditions for public companies in the capital markets. In charting reporting performance in prior years, G&A researchers found that:
-During the year 2011, just under 20% of S&P 500 companies reported on their sustainability, corporate social responsibility, ESG performance and related topics and issues;
-In 2012, 53% of S&P 500 companies were reporting — for the first time a majority of the S&P 500 Index (benchmark);
-By 2013, 72% were reporting — that is 7-out-of-10 of all companies in the popular benchmark;
-In 2014, 75% of the S&P 500 were publishing reports;
-In 2015, 81% of the total companies were reporting;
-In 2016, 82% signaled a steady embrace by large-cap companies of sustainability reporting;
-In 2017, the total rose slightly to 85% of companies reporting on ESG performance;
And for year 2018, the total inched up to 86% of S&P 500 companies reporting.
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