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CSRHub ESG Webinars

[fa icon="calendar'] May 20, 2020 11:14:50 AM / by CSRHub Blogging

In case you missed it with all that is going on in the world these days, we thought we would curate a list of recent webinars for your ESG investing education.

CSRHub® co-founder Bahar Gidwani CTO gave a webinar presentation Third Era of ESG sm-1The Third Era of Integrating ESG Into Investment Processes in partnership with BrightTALK.

A wider range of asset owners are requesting investment products that have sustainability-related claims. This has prompted the creation of passive ETFs, single theme funds (e.g., gender lens, decarbonized), and various types of hedge funds (including long-short and short-only offerings).

Download the webinar to hear what third generation investors appear to be looking for, https://esg.csrhub.com/csrhub-webinar-3rd-era-esg-investing.

 

CSRHub® co-founders Cynthia Figge CEO and Bahar Gidwani CTO gave a webcast presentation Integrating ESG Consensus Ratings to Create Actionable Signals Business Intelligence in partnership with FactSet.

Watch the on-demand webcast here, https://bit.ly/38YJEQpCSRHub_FactSet_Webcast

See more on CSRHub on the Open:FactSet Marketplace here, https://esg.csrhub.com/factset.

See CSRHub’s ESG Business Intelligence Open:FactSet catalog page here, https://open.factset.com/products/csrhub-esg-business-intelligence/en-us.

 

As a B Corporation, the CSRHub team members are all working remotely and are ready to continue serving your requests.


CSRHub offers one of the world’s broadest and most consistent set of Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) ratings, covering 19,000 companies. Its Big Data algorithm combines millions of data points on ESG performance from hundreds of sources, including leading ESG analyst raters, to produce consensus scores on all aspects of corporate social responsibility and sustainability. CSRHub ratings can be used to drive corporate, investor and consumer decisions.

 

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CSRHub’s Bahar Gidwani Speaking at Skytop’s Generating Alpha

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 16, 2020 10:36:38 AM / by CSRHub Blogging

Skytop Strategies will launch its Generating Alpha, ESG as a Core Driver SkytopGeneratingAlpha2020_Imageof Institutional Portfolio Performance on June 25th in New York. CSRHub Co-founder and CTO Bahar Gidwani will be speaking on Topic Briefing: State of Play ESG Integrations, The Third Era and moderate an Armchair Chat, ESG and Alpha: Causation Versus Correlation as an Obstacle to Full Integration.

Network with asset allocators, fund managers, investment consultants and capital market experts on investment strategies in the ESG field.

Explore the latest practices in portfolio construction to generate portfolio returns including screening, due diligence and how fund managers benchmark performance against traditional investment strategies.

Identify the state-of-play tools in benchmarking and data analytics that supports long term alpha generation.

Topic Briefing: State of Play
ESG Integrations, The Third Era
Presenter:
Bahar Gidwani, CFA, FSA, Co-founder & CTO, CSRHub

Armchair Chat
ESG and Alpha: Causation Versus Correlation as an Obstacle to Full Integration
Moderator:
Bahar Gidwani, CFA, FSA, Co-founder & CTO, CSRHub
Panelists:
Joshua Linder, CFA, Credit Analyst, Fixed Income, APG, Asset Management US Inc.
Mark Hays, Director of Sustainable and Impact Investing, Glenmede Trust Company
Michael Carty, Investment Expert

June 25, 2020 
PENTHOUSE 45
432 WEST 45th STREET
PH SUITE

For the full program, click here. Receive a 35% discount off the dated price using coupon code CSRHUB2020. Register today.

 


Bahar_Gidwani-10Bahar Gidwani is CTO and Co-founder of CSRHub. Bahar has built and run large technology-based businesses for many years. Bahar holds a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) and was one of the first people to receive the FSA (Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting) designation from SASB. Bahar worked on Wall Street with Kidder, Peabody, and with McKinsey & Co. He has founded several technology-based companies and is a co-founder of CSRHub, the world’s broadest source of corporate social responsibility information. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree in physics and astronomy. He plays bridge, races sailboats, and is based in New York City.

CSRHub is the largest ESG and sustainability rating and information platform globally. We aggregate 230 million data points from 650+ data sources including leading ESG analyst databases. Our patented algorithm aggregates, normalizes, and weights data to rate 19,000+ companies in 143 countries across 134 industries. We track 97% of world market capitalization. We cover 12 subcategories of ratings and rankings across the categories of environment, employees, community and governance. We show underlying data sources that contribute to each subcategory’s ratings. CSRHub metrics are a consensus view (any 2 sources may have about a 30% correlation so we make sense of the disparate data). We tag companies for their involvement in 17 Special Issues. We provide Macro-enabled Excel dashboard templates, customizable dashboards, and an API. Our big data technology enables 85% full coverage of data across our rated companies and robust analyses. We provide historical ratings back to 2008.

 

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CSRHub & FactSet On-Demand Webcast

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 26, 2020 9:58:30 AM / by CSRHub Blogging

Integrating ESG Consensus Ratings to Create Actionable Signals Business Intelligence

CSRHub® co-founders Cynthia Figge CEO and Bahar Gidwani CTO gave a webcast presentation Integrating ESG Consensus Ratings to Create Actionable Signals Business Intelligence in partnership with FactSet.

CSRHub_FactSet_Webcast

Watch the on-demand webcast here,  https://bit.ly/38YJEQp.

See more on CSRHub on the Open:FactSet Marketplace here, https://esg.csrhub.com/factset.

See CSRHub’s ESG Business Intelligence Open:FactSet catalog page here, https://open.factset.com/products/csrhub-esg-business-intelligence/en-us.

 

As a B Corporation, the CSRHub team members are all working remotely and are ready to continue serving your requests.

 

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Webinar: The Third Era of Integrating ESG Into Investment Processes

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 6, 2020 12:15:47 PM / by Bahar Gidwani

CSRHub CTO and co-founder, Bahar Gidwani will be leading the BrightTALK webinar The Third Era of Integrating ESG Into Investment Processes on March 10th at 5pm ET. Register for the webinar here, http://bit.ly/38G5A2C.

We appear to be entering the third era of ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance) investment integration. Third Era of ESG.jpgExisting data sets have been broadened to improve their coverage and their providers have clarified their methodologies. New data sets are available that offer insights that were not previously available. A wider range of asset owners are requesting investment products that have sustainability-related claims. This has prompted the creation of passive ETFs, single theme funds (e.g., gender lens, decarbonized), and various types of hedge funds (including long-short and short-only offerings).

This session will discuss what third generation investors appear to be looking for:

  • A consistent signal. Investors want to integrate as much of the available ESG information as possible into factors that are comparable across all companies, industries, and countries.
  • Broad coverage. ESG data influences investment in large cap, small cap, and emerging market equities. It is also increasingly important in fixed income investment processes.
  • Many years of data history. Most portfolio management and quantitative analysis systems perform better when at least five years (and ideally ten years) of history is available.
  • Integration with other sources of data. Investors would like ESG piped to their desktop and already linked with the other financial and market return data they normally use.

 

Register for the webinar here, http://bit.ly/38G5A2C.

 


Bahar.GidwaniBahar Gidwani is CTO and Co-founder of CSRHub. Bahar has built and run large technology-based businesses for many years. Bahar holds a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) and was one of the first people to receive the FSA (Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting) designation from SASB. Bahar worked on Wall Street with Kidder, Peabody, and with McKinsey & Co. He has founded several technology-based companies and is a co-founder of CSRHub, the world’s broadest source of corporate social responsibility information. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree in physics and astronomy. He plays bridge, races sailboats, and is based in New York City.

 

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The Third Era of ESG Investment Integration

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 22, 2020 10:34:56 AM / by Bahar Gidwani

As the 2020 ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance) season begins, we appear to be entering the third era of ESG investment integration.

The first generation of ESG investors used data on topics such as product involvESG arrowement (alcohol, tobacco, gambling) or business practices (anti-union, involvement in Burma) to screen out “bad” companies.  These investors often relied on a single data provider and simple guidelines (e.g., <5% of revenue is OK, more than 5% of revenue is bad).

The second generation of ESG investors decided that a company’s sustainability performance should be related to its riskiness and/or its financial performance.  They used multiple ESG data sets to scan large universes of companies such as the Russell 3000 or the MSCI ACWI.  It was hard to reconcile the disparate signals from these data sets—each was based on its own methodology towards measuring sustainability.  It was also hard to get coverage across an entire investment universe.  As a result, this approach required some finesse and finagling.  An analyst or portfolio manager might have to rely on his or her own instincts or insights about whether or not a particular company would fit into a given investment approach.

The third generation of ESG integration has now begun.  The existing data sets have been broadened to improve their coverage and their providers have clarified their methodologies.  New data sets are available that offer insights that were not previously available.  A wider range of asset owners are requesting investment products that have sustainability-related claims.  This has prompted the creation of passive ETFs, single theme funds (e.g., gender lens, decarbonized), and various types of hedge funds (including long-short and short-only offerings).

As is often the case with new theories, proof of their validity is not yet available.  While many claims of investment outperformance, risk avoidance, and social impact are being made, few participants in the ESG space seem able to share evidence that supports these claims.  Academic studies are lagging far behind.  Most seem to still be mulling era 1 or 2 issues.  This is not an unusual situation for the money management market.  Many past “hot” investment ideas have turned out to be money-losing duds.

It is probably impossible to list all of the themes that are currently being pursued.  There seem to be hundreds of competing theories for how best to generate and use ESG data.  Here are few of those that have received the most attention:

Theory

Why It Might Work

Issues and Concerns

Machine Learning

Natural Language Processing can look for signals of ESG-related opportunities or risks. By going outside the scope of most traditional ESG data sets, these systems offer a chance to trade ahead of the market.

Only a small number of companies have frequent signals. Both false positives and false negatives are hard to identify in advance. Only a limited number of investors can use a system before its benefits would be arbitraged by the market.

Materiality

Certain ESG factors may be tied to a company’s success. An investor can combine data on these issues with traditional financial and market information to get a better long-range view of company’s future performance.

Various groups have attempted to identify which factors are material. However, their assessments disagree and there is little empirical support for any of these systems. In many cases, only a few companies report each factor. This makes it hard to do systematic research or to make consistent decisions across an entire industry.

Engagement

Invest in companies that have weak ESG performance. Engage with them to improve their policies and reporting. Benefit from the increased attractiveness of the company to other ESG-interested investors.

Companies may not respond well to pressure from investors on business-related matters. It may take several years for the benefits of ESG-related changes to take effect and be noticed. Most investors don’t have such a long-term investment horizon.

Factor Analysis

Dump ESG data into a quantitative model and uncover significant factors. Structure a portfolio to take advantage of the results.

Given the lack of data (most ESG indicators are not available for most companies) and the inconsistent way that ESG data is generated and reported, the quality of ESG data may be too poor to use in quant models. ESG factors may not be stable over time, as they are driven by social issues and current topics.

Passive

Include ESG factors in the list of things that can be used to “tilt” a portfolio. Position the resulting portfolio as attractive to groups of investors who care about a particular ESG-related theme.

The restrictions associated with tilting portfolios generate tracking errors and can increase the costs of managing the portfolio. This may cause passive ESG funds to systematically underperform their benchmarks.

Aggregation

Combine together a lot of different ESG data sources. Create a new rating that incorporates the information from the underlying sources, but has broad coverage and an improved ability to predict future market performance.

Averaging disparate sources of ESG data does not give good results. (This was tested in era 2.) A new method for aggregation is required—one such as CSRHub that uses Big Data methodologies to properly weight and combine a range of sources. The resulting ratings may not contain alpha (but could provide an estimate of consensus that could be used to generate alpha via other means).

 

It takes at least three to five years to determine if an investment approach has promise.  It takes another ten years to be sure that the approach will survive the test of market cycles and changes in market structure.  The first and second eras of ESG integration did not produce any huge winners or star funds.  The third era has many new ideas and approaches.  Even without solid academic foundations, we can hope that one or more of them turn into a mainstream path for ESG integration.

To learn more about CSRHub, our ESG/CSR metrics or how you can improve your ESG scores, contact us here.

 

 


Bahar_Gidwani-10Bahar Gidwani is CTO and Co-founder of CSRHub. Bahar has built and run large technology-based businesses for many years. Bahar holds a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) and was one of the first people to receive the FSA (Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting) designation from SASB. Bahar worked on Wall Street with Kidder, Peabody, and with McKinsey & Co. He has founded several technology-based companies and is a co-founder of CSRHub, the world’s broadest source of corporate social responsibility information. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree in physics and astronomy. He plays bridge, races sailboats, and is based in New York City.

CSRHub is the largest ESG and sustainability rating and information platform globally. We aggregate 230 million data points from 650+ data sources including leading ESG analyst databases. Our patented algorithm aggregates, normalizes, and weights data to rate 18,000+ companies in 141 countries across 134 industries. We track 97% of world market capitalization. We cover 12 subcategories of ratings and rankings across the categories of environment, employees, community and governance. We show underlying data sources that contribute to each subcategory’s ratings. CSRHub metrics are a consensus view (any 2 sources may have about a 30% correlation so we make sense of the disparate data). We tag companies for their involvement in 17 Special Issues. We provide Macro-enabled Excel dashboard templates, customizable dashboards, and an API. Our big data technology enables 85% full coverage of data across our rated companies and robust analyses. We provide historical ratings back to 2008.

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