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June 19th, 2018

The Bottom Line: Good Safety Management Improves Corporate Credit Ratings

In this month’s installment of The Bottom Line series, Certified Ergonomist and Research Consultant Blake McGowan shares the findings of a report on the impact of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors on corporate finances.

Data shows that ESG and safety management is material to business performance.  The findings are:

  1. 4% of all credit rating changes are influenced by social factors.
  2. Of those 4%, social factors were the key drivers of the changes in up to 12% of cases.
  3. Three-quarters of those changes were downgrades.
  4. The two most important social factors with regard to corporate credit rating changes are human capital & safety management.
  5. Good safety management can upgrade corporate credit rating.

References: De La Gorce N, Williams J, Wilkens M, Martin ND, and Burks B. (2018). How Social Risk And Opportunities Factors Into Global Corporate Ratings. S&P Global Market Intelligence.