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Moody’s accelerates its net zero commitments until 2040; Recognized as a United Nations LEAD Global Compact company

By on September 20, 2021 0

NEW YORK, September 20, 2021– (BUSINESS WIRE) – Moody’s Corporation (NYSE: MCO) today announced its commitment to achieve net zero emissions across its operations and value chain by 2040, advancing its original goal of 10 years. The new commitment date aligns with the decarbonization plan published by Moody’s and coincides with its recognition as a 2021 Global Compact LEAD company for its continued commitment to the United Nations Global Compact and its Ten Principles for a Business responsible.

“The global economy is fundamentally realigning due to climate risk, and the transformation will affect us all,” said Rob Fauber, President and CEO of Moody’s Corporation. “Given the urgency of the need to adapt, we are accelerating Moody’s net zero target and continuing to integrate climate risk and sustainability into everything we do.”

By accelerating its net zero goal, Moody’s is demonstrating its continued commitment to advancing sustainability. In addition to this new ambition, Moody’s has set and made progress on validated intermediate scientific objectives of net zero to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its operations and its value chain. Progress against these goals can be seen in the recent TCFD report and Moody’s Stakeholder Sustainability Report. These targets include:

»50% reduction in Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions from its operations by 2030;
»15% reduction in Scope 3 emissions linked to fuel and energy related activities, business travel and employee home-work travel by 2025; and
»60% of Moody’s suppliers in spending covering purchased goods and services and capital goods to achieve science targets by 2025.

Moody’s climate and sustainable development commitments have contributed to its recognition as a LEAD company by the United Nations Global Compact. As a LEAD company, Moody’s has been identified as one of the most committed participants in the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. In addition to its corporate commitments, Moody’s product offerings help market participants assess and integrate environmental, social and governance risk considerations into their capital allocation and long-term resilience planning. .

Learn more about Moody’s climate efforts and recognition on its Sustainability site.


Moody’s (NYSE: MCO) is a global integrated risk assessment company that empowers organizations to make better decisions. Its data, analytical solutions and knowledge help decision makers identify the opportunities and manage the risks of doing business with others. We believe that greater transparency, more informed decisions and fair access to information open the door to shared progress. With more than 11,500 employees in more than 40 countries, Moody’s combines an international presence with local expertise and over a century of experience in the financial markets. Learn more at moodys.com/about.


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