A New Rating Agency.

With systematic integration of ESG factors.

Beyond Ratings, the French Development Bank (AFD), Caisse des Dépôts and the French Global Environmental Fund (FFEM) have joined to launch in 2018 the first Credit Rating Agency (CRA) to systematically integrate Environmental, Social and Governance factors into financial ratings.

This initiative has already gained support from WWF France, The Global Footprint Network and the Ethos Foundation.

Key Innovations

ESG-augmented Financial Ratings

Beyond Ratings rating methodology integrates more consistently relevant Environment, Social and Governance factors that demonstrate their financial materiality.

Open Governance

Beyond Ratings Agency’s governance has been designed to ensure the contribution of multiple stakeholders and to capitalize on the diversity of their inputs.

Collective Intelligence

Beyond Ratings develops an international expertise network including Academics, Research Centres, Foundations, and Think Tanks. Their expertise will be included in the ESG-augmented credit rating methodology.

Vision & Objectives

This ground-breaking CRA will:

  • Provide investors with an augmented assessment of creditworthiness, accounting consistently for both financial performance and the Sustainable Development Goals framework (SDG)

  • Incentivize bond issuers to accelerate their transition towards sustainable development pathways

  • Deliver key insights in low and middle-income countries, where sustainable growth and higher yields can be sought

The agency will capitalize on Beyond Ratings existing innovative credit scoring methodologies, which will be further developed (Climate Change physical impact and Ecological debt methodologies to be expanded in the coming months).

The agency will initially focus on public bonds issuers, before expanding the scope of its ratings to Covered Bonds and Corporates.

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