ESG Insight Brief
Dow Jones, ADC Unveil New ESG Data Services
The universe of ESG data services has expanded with Dow Jones and Amsterdam Data Collective (ADC) announcing the creation of new offerings for financial institutions. New York-based Down Jones will sell data sets comprising sustainability scores on more than 6,000 listed companies. The company said the service would also provide “uniquely news driven” data to supplement self-reported corporate information. Dutch data consultancy ADC said it has opened a new analytics practice that will focus solely on sustainability and climate change. The unit will be led by former Bank of England and ING consultant Julia van Huizen.
Qotingo Further Expands With Addition of RepRisk Data
Risk analytics and indexing platform Qotingo has added ESG risk data from RepRisk to its client offering. RepRisk’s artificial intelligence-backed analyses and ESG data will be available to users of Qotingo’s Axioma Portfolio Analytics (APA) platform. It will also be used to build indexes within Qotingo’s STOXX brands. This is Qontingo’s latest addition to its APA after earlier this month announcing the inclusion of feeds from Sustainalytics, ISS and Clarity AI.
RightShip Launches Carbon Accounting Tools for Cargo Vessels
Shipping risk assessment company RightShip has launched a carbon accounting suite of tools to calculate cargo vessel’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The Carbon Accounting Reporting Tool measures, monitors and benchmarks shipping-related emissions, which are thought to account for 3 per cent of total global GHG creation. The product comes as the European Union prepares to require financial institutions to report supply-chain emissions data as it continues to roll out its Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation.
ISSB Seeks Applicants to Fill 11 Seats
The search is on for members to sit on the IFRS Foundation’s recently created International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB). The Foundation said it is looking for applicants to fill 11 seats on the ISSB, which is chaired by former Danone and Ryanair executive Emmanuel Faber. The board will eventually comprise 14 members including Faber and a vice chairman, who is to be selected soon. The creation of the ISSB – seen by many as major step towards creating a global set of standards for ESG reporting – was announced at the COP26 UN climate summit in November.
IBM Buys Environmental Performance Monitor Envizi
Envizi has been acquired by IBM, with the tech giant set to incorporate the environmental data and analytics provider’s software into its own suite of artificial intelligence-driven performance tools. Envizi’s solutions enable companies to measure their environmental impact based on 500 data points. New York-based IBM said the tech would build on its own tools for financial institutions – IBM Maximo asset management solutions, IBM Sterling supply chain solutions and IBM Environmental Intelligence Suite. It will also be incorporated into IBM’s Turbonomic and Red Hat OpenShift capabilities, which automate decision-making based on operational factors including greenhouse gas emissions.
Qotingo to Incorporate Sustainalytics, ISS, Clarity AI Data
Sustainability data provided by Sustainalytics, ISS and Clarity AI will now be available to clients of risk analytics and indexing platform Qotingo. The three vendors’ feeds will be incorporated in Qotingo’s cloud-hosted Axioma Portfolio Optomizer (APO). Sustainalytics’ data will also be included in the company’s Axioma Portfolio Analytics (APA) for performance attribution and reporting, and Axioma Risk Model Machine (RMM), which enables users to customise risk models. Qotingo said the new feeds would give its financial clients the ability to model portfolios, calculate their own ESG risk exposures and generate performance measurements.
M&G Selects Bloomberg DMS for ESG Data Consolidation
Bloomberg Data Management Services (DMS) is to manage the ESG data of M&G Investments, consolidating the UK investment house’s sustainability information feeds into its cloud-based platform. The deal will see DMS link M&G’s ESG data with its analytics, pricing and other data sources, mapping them to a common hierarchy. M&G clients will be able to access the feeds via APIs or SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP).
S&P Global Acquires The Climate Service
Climate risk calculations provider The Climate Service has been acquired by S&P Global to bolster its ESG data products. The Durham, North Carolina-based company created the Climanomics platform, which quantifies companies’ climate risks in alignment with the Task Force gor Climate Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). S&P Global will add the service to its ESG offerings, which include the Sustainable1 data, benchmarking and analysis suite to tools.
Bloomberg Adds Municipal Bonds ESG Tracker
Bloomberg has widened its coverage of municipal bonds in the US with a an ESG-focused index. the Bloomberg US Municipal Impact Index tracks local and regional dollar-denominated debt that has been categorised as green, social or sustainability securities at issuance or via an independent assurance organisation. The bonds will also feature within sub indexes for each individual category. Only tax-exempt issues that have at least a year until maturity are included.
ICE Acquires Climate, Real Estate Risk Analytics Firms
Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) has acquired risQ and Level 11 Analytics. RisQ is a climate risk specialist and Level 11 focuses on geospatial data for the real estate sectors. The purchase of the two broadens ICE’s ESG capabilities within the fixed income space. At the same time, the Atlanta, Georgia-based exchange, data and technology giant unveiled an ESG data and analytics product targeted at the US mortgage market.