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Why Both Asset and Investment Managers Need to Think Outside the Box on ESG Regulations

By Janine Hofer-Wittwer, CFA, Senior Product Manager, Financial Information at SIX. A landmark report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has shocked nations on a global scale. The findings suggest that the world is likely to reach 1.5C of warming before 2040 as a direct result of human activity, calling the entire world…

SFDR Compliance to Remain a Struggle for Many Companies

The European Union’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) is still posing challenges for companies six months after its partial introduction. And with its next stage of implementation just a couple of months away for some companies, full compliance is likely to be difficult to achieve, according to a panel of ESG professionals on a recent…

UK May Place Data Vendors Under FCA Watch

The UK is considering placing ESG data vendors under the regulation of its financial watchdog in a bid to eliminate greenwashing and to make impact investing more transparent. The government said the Financial Conduct Authority may be asked to bring the companies under its purview because it was important to ensure the integrity of a…

Sustainalytics’ ESG Data Now Available on Bloomberg Terminal

Bloomberg has added Sustainalytics’ ESG Research and Ratings service to its terminal data product as the New York-based giant gears up its sustainability offering to financial institutions. Morningstar-owned Sustainalytics will supply its Risk Ratings data and Controversies Research reports, giving Bloomberg customers access to ESG risk management information and details on ESG-related incidents involving any…

GoldenSource Integrates ICE ESG Reference Data into its EDM Platform

Enterprise data management provider GoldenSource has begun offering clients ICE Data Service’s ESG Reference Data product integrated with its own ESG Impact offering. New York-based GoldenSource said the tie up, which is already available to customers, would help fill gaps in the global sustainability and governance data record. While ICE’s data has been offered on…

BNEF to Extend Transition Risk Scores to Metal, Mining Companies

Bloomberg’s BNEF is to extend its climate transition risk scores to cover more industries, the latest addition to the data giant’s growing suite or ESG-focused offerings. The metals and mining industries will now be included in BNEF’s tool, which was launched earlier this year to cover the oil and gas sectors. The transition score service…

ESG Growth Will Require Dedicated Research Teams: Stellar Data Labs’ Bansal

Financial institutions will need to create highly trained teams dedicated to properly interpreting the growing volumes of ESG data they’re receiving, a leading data executive has forecast. But the novel nature of the information will mean data professionals must give up some of their autonomy to researchers who are better equipped to incorporate it into…

Substantive Research Notes Strength of Start-Ups in Review of ESG Data Providers

Substantive Research, which released an ESG Provider Dashboard back in June with a view to helping asset managers compare different aspects of ESG data providers and draw up shortlists of companies that meet their needs for ESG data and analytics, has published the findings of an independent survey of the evolving ESG data provider marketplace….

Lack of Reporting Holds Back Efficient Data Services, Campaign Says

ESG data providers are being prevented from fully servicing the needs of their investor customers by a lack of sustainability information being freely given by companies, according to a campaigning economist. Eoin Fahy, Head of Responsible Investing and Chief Economist at KBI Global Investors is among 11 signatories of a letter sent to UK minister…

ESG – Today’s Data and Technology Landscape

Given the surge in demand for ESG data and technology solutions to meet regulatory requirements, established financial technology and data suppliers are putting their expertise to work, creating new solutions to meet that demand. With so much going on, navigating the emerging landscape can be confusing. So what are the key ESG functions financial services…