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Corporate ESG Disclosure: A Health & Safety Case Study

Sep 24, 2020 Samantha Sue Ping, Gaurav Trivedi

How good a job are corporations doing in disclosing ESG policies and data to investors and other stakeholders? We took an in-depth look at reporting of health & safety disclosures. Our findings confirmed some common assumptions and upended others.

Research Paper

Flooding in the Yangtze River Basin Threatens Mines and Power Plants

Sep 21, 2020 BLOCK Samuel, KARADZHOVA Velina, MOLLOD Gillian

China’s Yangtze River economic belt accounts for nearly half of the country’s total economic output. Since June 2020, the Hubei region has experienced historic flooding. We identified 25 facilities in our coverage universe that may be exposed to disruption or damage by the floods affecting the Yangtze River Basin.


Scope 3 Carbon Emissions: Seeing the Full Picture

Sep 17, 2020 Brendan Baker

How can investors identify emissions throughout the value chain of companies in their portfolios? We explain what these “Scope 3” emissions are, why they are so important and what actions investors can take as they seek to manage resulting risks.


Assessing Company Alignment with UN SDGs

Sep 14, 2020 Olga Emelianova

Five years ago, the United Nations adopted 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in an effort to end extreme poverty, reduce inequity and protect the planet by 2030. Using a new tool, we examine whether companies are walking the walk.


Identifying Emerging “Hot Spots” for Physical Risk in the US

Sep 9, 2020 Patric Kellermann, Boris Prahl

Climate change is expected to increase the frequency and severity of physical climate risks such as extreme temperatures, tropical cyclones, torrential rainfall and flooding. Our map identifies emerging climate risk hotspots in the U.S. 

Research Paper

Combining E, S, and G Scores: An Exploration of Alternative Weighting Schemes

Sep 2, 2020 LEE Linda-Eling, GIESE Guido, NAGY Zoltan

How one combines environmental, social and governance scores into an overall ESG rating can have a significant impact on its usefulness to investors. We tested two approaches: equal weighting and backward optimization. The results suggest that investors proceed with caution. As published in The Journal of Impact & ESG Investing.


ESG in Mexico: At a Fork in the Road?

Aug 27, 2020 Mario López-Alcalá

Mexican companies’ ESG risk-mitigation practices have come a long way over the past decade, but there has been some slippage over the past two years. We examine the current status and why investors may want to pay attention.


Is There a Green-to-Brown Premium?

Aug 25, 2020 Guillermo Cano, Gaurav Trivedi

As investors evaluate the possible reallocation of capital around the transition toward a low-carbon future, we analyzed the characteristics and performance of “green” versus “brown” companies. Was there evidence of a “green-to-brown premium”?


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