Today SustainAbility releases phase two in our four-part research initiative Rate the Raters. For phase two we inventoried over 100 sustainability ratings and their attributes, and surveyed over 1000 sustainability professionals on their perceptions of ratings.
The analysis identified a number of key findings. For example:
The Only Constant is Change Of the 108 ratings in the inventory, only 21 existed in 2000, which suggests that, of the ratings most prominent today, the vast majority have emerged within the last ten years.
Responsiveness Trumps Performance More than 60% of the ratings in the inventory depend wholly or in part on information submitted directly to ratings organizations, thereby rewarding companies with the greatest capacity to respond to ratings requests rather than those with the best performance