ESG Impact
Market participants are focusing more on the potential for environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues to affect investment decisions and to assist in the development of a more sustainable economy.
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  • Non-Credit Rating Assessment Framework
    10 Jul 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    We have developed a carbon transition assessment (CTA) tool for the global refining and marketing (R&M) sector. Refineries face significant market and technological challenges to adapt to changing demand in a low-carbon energy transition.

    Request For Feedback
    07 Jul 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    We are seeking feedback on our proposed carbon transition assessment (CTA) tool for global electric power generation, network and transmission & distribution companies. This sector framework is based on our CTA framework for non-financial companies.

    SECTOR IN-DEPTH
    30 Jun 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    Some developments, such as the benefits of lower borrowing costs or challenges from fiscal austerity, will be immediate. Others, such as telemedicine’s potential transformative effect on the healthcare sector or governments’ need to confront new social mandates, will play out over several years.

    SECTOR IN-DEPTH
    24 Jun 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    The pandemic will sharpen companies’, investors’ and other stakeholders’ focus on environmental, social and governance credit risks, with scrutiny extending beyond public health crises to other critical ESG issues, such as climate change and social inequality.

    SECTOR IN-DEPTH
    18 Jun 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    The COVID-19 pandemic may spur long-lasting changes that could accelerate the transition to a low-carbon energy system. As lockdowns and social-distancing measures crimp economic activity, changes in consumer behavior, technological advances and government policies could combine to hasten structural change in the oil and power sectors.

    SECTOR IN-DEPTH
    18 Jun 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    The crisis will likely result in fundamental shifts for economies, societies and companies in the coming years. Potential outcomes include weaker long-term economic growth, a prolonged period of extraordinarily low interest rates, and an acceleration of the digital transformation already under way.

    SECTOR IN-DEPTH
    10 Jun 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    In the first of a series of global reports on social credit risk, we look at the implications for gaming companies of increasing societal pressure to curb problem gambling and prevent crime. Among the five categories of social risk we have identified as relevant for private-sector issuers, customer relations, responsible production and demographics & societal trends are the most significant for gaming.

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    Podcast
    04 Jun 2020|Moody's Investors Service
     The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated existing disruptive trends and is causing a rethink of conventional habits, a reshaping of consumer preferences and a shift in competitive dynamics. Stephen Tu and Carolyn Henson of the Financial Institutions team discuss the potential longer-term impact on the financial services industry.​​ >> Read report  

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    SECTOR IN-DEPTH
    05 May 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    Global green, social and sustainability bond issuance totaled $59.3 billion in Q1 2020, 32% lower than Q4 2019, as the economic fallout from the coronavirus crisis began to spread.

    SECTOR COMMENT
    23 Apr 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    A number of North American investor-owned and public power utilities are taking steps to mitigate the impact of monthly bills on customers hurt by the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Although these proactive measures will temporarily weaken near-term cash flows, they will help reduce social and governance risks faced by utilities.

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    PODCAST
    14 Apr 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    Robard Williams and Swami Venkataraman discuss their review of Moody's private-sector rating actions that cited ESG risks as a material credit considerations.
    SECTOR IN-DEPTH
    14 Apr 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    We cited ESG risks as a material credit consideration in 33% of our 7,637 rating actions for private-sector issuers in 2019. Of the rating actions citing ESG risks, 88% mentioned governance issues, 20% referred to social issues and 16% cited environmental issues. In many cases, these ESG considerations were key drivers of the rating action.