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At KnowESG, we provide ESG ratings collated from top ESG data providers: MSCI ESG Research, Refinitiv, and Sustainalytics. Our platform offers an ESG score comparison across these ESG rating providers, giving investors a comprehensive understanding of a company's ESG performance & ESG risks.
Institutional investors can use ESG metrics as a key tool in their investment process to make informed investment decisions, and to ascertain which ESG initiatives either carry significant ESG risks or make ESG investing sense. Specifically, factoring ESG ratings into decision-making can help gain valuable insight into the financially relevant ESG risks and opportunities associated with business operations and identify the key issues that may impact long-term performance.
What are ESG ratings & ESG scores?
ESG ratings are evaluations of a company's management performance in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors, they are designed to provide investors, stakeholders, and fund managers with an understanding of the ESG risks and opportunities associated with a company's operations.
ESG scores take into account a variety factors, including a company's environmental impact, its social responsibility, ESG disclosures and corporate governance practices. Based on corporate governance research using latest ESG information and tools various stakeholders can make informed decisions about companies in line with their sustainability goals, or regarding socially responsible investing.
Amongst top ESG rating agencies are MSCI, Sustainalytics and Refinitiv providing quite divergent ESG ratings range. How MSCI ESG ratings work, for example, is with a rules-based methodology that uses publicly reported data to grade company management, business ethics, environmental social and governance, carbon emissions, and social performance, all to point to whether that company is a 'leader', 'average', or a 'laggard'. An unexceptional track record on human rights, or poor natural capital management, for example, could pull a company in the 'laggard' direction, increasing the company's exposure to external stakeholders, industry competition, and further analysis.
The key takeaways? An ESG score can clarify the rate of progress in the transition to sustainability. Top ESG companies, those with good ESG scores or with least ESG risks, may be showing leadership, responsible business conduct, or simply fulfilling stated commitments. Equally, adverse ESG scores may indicate that a company is transparently working towards better sustainability ratings, is actively dealing with material ESG issues, or has yet to fulfil its obligations.