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ESG Company Ratings for Sustainability

Environmental, Social, and Governance Ratings for Sustainability Research

Integral to the CME Business Analytics lab’s mission, is enabling research work across multiple disciplines in areas such as finance, marketing, information systems, health, and management. A recent case in point is when a faculty member in the Management department reached out to the Business Analytics Lab. The Professor had been trying to acquire ESG ratings for her research project but had difficulty finding the data on the Internet. Upon reviewing the CME lab webpage she reached out to the lab Financial Tool & Analytics student assistant, and arranged for a quick meeting. The data she had been seeking was available in Bloomberg. Within a short-time, using the Bloomberg Excel Add-in function, the lab assistant was able to retrieve the ESG scores of all of the companies from developed and emerging markets, including the last year-end data, which is exactly what the Professor had been looking for to start her research on sustainability.

Bloomberg covers more than 11,300 companies with ESG data.

What’s ESG? “The Environmental, Social And Governance (ESG) Criteria” is a set of standards for a company’s operations that socially conscious investors use to screen investments. Environmental criterion looks at how a company performs as a steward of the natural environment, Social criterion examines how a company manages relationships with its employees, suppliers, customers and the communities where it operates, and Governance criterion deals with a company’s leadership, executive pay, audits and internal controls, and shareholder rights.”

ESG Investing: Investors who are concerned about socially responsible investing can screen the global market based on the ESG ratings. Nowadays, ESG funds and social investing has become more popular, and it is anticipated this will continue to be an investing trend in the future. Besides returns, investors are growingly concerned about the social responsibility and societal contributions of the firms in which they invest.

About the Lab: Over time we will share other case points of interest to illustrate how the lab capabilities and available resources are helping with research work, enhancing the classroom experience, and enabling new initiatives.

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