In September 2015, the General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, it ís important that we achieve each Goal and target by 2030 (United Nations 2015).
Patents are the deep insight into a company's R&D activities and their future innovation plan in general. Now, we use patents for identification of a company's aim to invest into sustainable products, processes and components.
Thus, we have the ability to identify companies that make concrete contributions to the UN SDGs. In this way, we enable investors to make future-oriented investments in companies that contribute a sustainable impact. This allows us to align and optimize both revenue and sustainability targets. For this purpose, IPR-Strategies has developed its own IPR-ESG Factor.
The IPR-Strategies methodology allows the identification of sustainability-related patents such as alternative energy technologies as well as relevant enabler technologies.
Studies have proved that ESG related technologies drive innovation, thereby ESG related patents are in average more valuable than others and their value is rising. According to the study, only 1.76% of all patent filings address sustainable technologies, hence it is important to have a look at their values.
Based on the IPR ESG rating methodology a concrete assignment to the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) is available. This means that each company filing patents can be classified regarding each of the 17 UN SDGs by analysing and evaluating their patent portfolio. This enables e.g. the enhancement of any existing ESG rating factor.