ESG Navigator Maturity Model

“I really like the maturity model. I love that Stage 1 is good and Stage 4 is the next frontier – where the standard is moving. ESG Navigator does not tell you what is right or wrong. Quite eye-opening when we look at our ESG Navigator scores.”

ESG Navigator Maturity Model

We refer to the ESG Navigator framework and scoring methodology as the ESG Navigator Maturity Model. This is a four-stage ESG maturity path – across “E + S + G + Strategy” – broken down into 17 elements and 114 Key Sustainability Indicators (KSIs). The ESG Navigator KSIs define actions, processes, structures and programs companies have created or aim to create to capture business value from ESG.

ESG is complicated. Many executives within a single company have a slightly different view of ESG. That’s where the ESG Navigator framework is so powerful. The Conference Board endorsed ESG Navigator because it is the best, most comprehensive ESG framework globally, providing a holistic view of ESG from the perspective of a corporate board or CEO.

Companies do not have to figure this out for themselves. For over 20 years, the rating criteria have been shaped, vetted, tested, and refined by nearly 100 ESG Navigator users. Think of the Maturity Model as the C-Suite’s ESG organizing framework — the library of structures, processes, activities leading companies engage in to manage ESG risks and opportunities – all organized around a logical set of corporate roles and responsibilities that fit most corporations.


Current 2021 KSIs – PDF Download

Rating Criteria may be available upon request if you are not currently a registered user; please email Gib ( if you want to learn more.


Annual Updates

Annually (for the past five years and ongoing), we conduct a comprehensive review of the ESG Navigator rating criteria – to continually sharpen and simplify – yet retain the integrity for year-over-year comparisons:

  • Making changes our team tracks during the year, including input from you – ESG Navigator users.
  • Inviting active ESG Navigator members to provide input.
  • Soliciting comments from the ESG research team at The Conference Board.