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CSRHub Announces Integration of Arabesque S-Ray Data into its Consensus Ratings

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 2, 2020 9:00:00 AM / by CSRHub Blogging

CSRHub is pleased to announce that it is now integrating data from Arabesque S-Rayâ into its consensus ratings. Using quantitative data techniques and a rules-based approach, Arabesque S-Ray provides technology that is used by some of the world’s largest investors, corporations and consultancies to assess the sustainability performance of listed companies globally. S-Ray data will now directly contribute to CSRHub’s sustainability analysis of more than 7,000 companies, and will enhance the ratings for all 36,000 companies that CSRHub covers.

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Arabesque S-Ray systematically combines over 250 ESG long-term metrics with news and NGO signals from over 30,000 sources to provide dynamic and responsive scores. Covering over 85% of global market cap and drawing from over four million ESG data points daily, S-Ray utilises an ever-expanding and diverse range of data to create quantitative metrics for the assessment of corporate performance.

The chart below compares the S-Ray ESG Score of 6,263 companies with CSRHub’s own ratings, captured on 1 December, 2019. The data shows a rating correlation of 58%, which is particularly striking given that CSRHub’s ratings were published two months after those of S-Ray, and highlights the effectiveness of S-Ray’s daily scoring approach.

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Arabesque S-Ray joins other major ESG data and ratings providers who supply data to CSRHub, such as MSCI, Vigeo Eiris, ISS, and S&P Trucost. Each of these providers offers a unique perspective on the ESG performance of the companies they cover—perspectives that CSRHub combines with crowd, non-profit organization, and government datasets to create its consensus rating.

Todd Arthur Bridges, Global Head of Sustainable Investing and ESG Research at Arabesque S-Ray, said; “CSRHub is a truly unique company that knows the importance of systems-level thinking, and has brought the sustainable finance ecosystem together in a systematic way through their Consensus Ratings. Information is critical to well-functioning and efficient markets, and the leadership team of CSRHub has been able to break down the ESG paywalls across commercial organizations to help innovate and advance progress. The CSR Ratings and Rankings are well designed and allow for proper ESG consensus calibration – which can easily be understood by many users across the sustainable finance stakeholder community. Arabesque S-Ray is proud to be part of CSRHub and their mission.”

Bahar Gidwani, Cofounder and CTO at CSRHub said; “We were very pleased when our analysis showed that our methodology and results were closely aligned with those of S-Ray. S-Ray data appears to offer a current and forward-looking view of company ESG performance that matches well with CSRHub’s backward looking perspective.  By combining our work, investors and other researchers may be able to better understand and predict how perception of company ESG ratings will change.”

 

About CSRHub

CSRHub offers one of the world’s broadest and most consistent set of Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) ratings, covering 20,000 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. For more information, visit www.CSRHub.com. CSRHub is a B Corporation.

About Arabesque S-Ray GmbH

S-Ray® is a leading analytics tool developed by Arabesque that assesses the sustainability performance of over 7,000 listed corporations using self-learning quantitative models and data scores. The technology systematically combines over 250 ESG metrics with news signals from over 30,000 sources across 170 countries. It is the first tool of its kind to rate companies on the normative principles of the United Nations Global Compact (GC Score). Additionally, S-Ray provides an industry-specific assessment of companies' performance on financially material sustainability criteria (ESG Score), together with an assessment of how companies report their emissions (Temperature™ Score). These scores are combined with a preferences filter that assesses a company's business involvements. S-Ray daily data products and services are used by some of the world's leading financial institutions, investors, corporations and consultants.

 

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Do Political Donations Really Predict Corporate Behavior?

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 21, 2020 10:00:52 AM / by CSRHub Blogging

Goods Unite Us has spent thousands of hours vetting companies' political expenditures in federal elections. They will tell you about the donations made by the organization and its senior employees along with each company's exclusive Campaign Finance Reform Score. CSRHub measures the environmental, social and governance performance of thousands of companies by aggregating 700 sources to derive consensus ESG ratings.

Goods Unite Us and CSRHub have combined datasets to see if any correlations showed up in terms of political affiliation and ESG scores. And some did. 

Our new joint report, which to our knowledge is the first of its kind, is available here. In short: 

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Blue companies outperform red companies overall and in three of four ESG categories.

CSRHub’s ratings measure four main categories: a company’s relationship with its community, its employees, the environment, and the boardroom governance that guides all of it. We found that the political leanings, right or left, of a company’s leadership could predict it’s scores overall and in three of the four ESG categories.

The findings of our joint report paint an amazingly clear picture of how the political leanings of a firm’s leadership affect its relationships with the environment, its supply chain, and its own workers. If a company is blue, it is statistically more likely to have better scores in all of these areas.

CSRHub’s Chief Technology Officer and cofounder Bahar Gidwani notes: “Both corporate managers and investors are interested in understanding the relationship between a company’s political activity and its social impact. This study demonstrates that there is a connection and suggests that political contributions should be seen as part of a company’s sustainability profile.”

The findings were statistically significant in all categories except for governance, where Democrat-leaning companies did score higher, but not in a way significant enough to show a generalizable pattern. 

In a nutshell, political donations are an exceptionally good predictor of not only a company’s political views, but also of its actual behavior. As Abigail Wuest, our CEO and cofounder, puts it, “These donations can tell you a lot about a company’s day-to-day behavior. And that’s priceless information to have when you’re deciding who to buy from or invest in.”

Our final report is available here.


CSRHub offers one of the world’s broadest and most consistent set of Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) ratings, covering 20,000 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. For more information, visit www.CSRHub.com. CSRHub is a B Corporation.

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New Wave of ESG Demand

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 22, 2020 9:37:25 AM / by Bahar Gidwani

This past year of social and environment pressures (Covid-19, racism inequity, climate change, global risks) has created a new wave of demand for ESG data and insight. A growing number of corporates, professional firms and financial asset owners and managers are interested in ESG.

For example, more than 2,800 investors, representing 90% of world financial assets have now committed to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI). In response, companies are clarifying and harmonizing their reporting methodologies. More companies are reporting sustainability information. Around 50,000 entities have shared information about their sustainability performance either directly (about 12,000 have incorporated sustainability data in their public filings) or through participating in sustainability-related organizations or reporting systems.

ESG data providers are participating in this new wave of investor interest by offering:

  • Broader coverage of entity types (i.e., public, private, not-for-profit) and coverage of more types of investments (e.g., equities, debt, REITs)
  • Comparable, stable scores with enough history that an ESG factor can be used in a quantitative model or automated screening process
  • Methods for integrating ESG with other financial and market return data sets

In previous articles we have referred to this new wave as “third-era” investors are driven to integrate ESG data by three themes:

  • Marketing. In order to attract and retain assets, investors highlight their ESG methodology and follow it, even if it may result sometimes in underperformance.
  • Risk avoidance. Asset managers who prioritize safety and downside reduction may see ESG data as an additional tool for identifying and avoiding risk.
  • Materiality. Quantitative analysts have been using “alternative” data sets for years. ESG data may provide a new opportunity for algorithm-driven alpha generation.

ESG data is being integrated into investment processes through direct purchase of individual data sets. They are also being integrated into various types of data curation and distribution systems. ESG data used to be a subcategory of “alternative data.” It has now become its own category and the number of providers and variety of data sets available has grown. 

The new wave or “third-era” investment strategies will rely on data sets that have these characteristics:

    • Broad, deep coverage. To be useful in an investment process, a data set should cover not only the equities an investor already holds, but also most if not all equities in similar entities. In some industries, there are large privately held competitors. ESG-oriented analysts should like data sets that also cover private companies.
    • Streamlined factors, complete coverage of the factors, and a long stable history. Some ESG data sets offer two hundred, one thousand or even several thousand indicators. This amount of detail can overwhelm investors who are relatively new to ESG issues. It is also difficult to fill in all of “slots” in a data set. Many major ESG sources cannot complete 70% or more of their bottom level of indicators. Finally, most financial analysts are used to being able to study market patterns over long time horizons. No ESG data set goes back further than the 1990s—so analysts still cannot see how ESG factors relate to stock performance through a wide range of market conditions. Still, it is helpful if an ESG source has at least ten years of history and if it has made few or no changes to its methodology during this time.
    • Works well when combined with other data sets. Many ESG data users purchase more than one type of data. They extract value from combining these data sets to examine different aspects of a company’s sustainability performance. It is important to pick data sets that have enough identifying information (e.g., ticker codes, ISINs, name variations) that they can be combined. It helps too, if it is easy to pull data from a data provider’s site or application programming interface (API).

These investors will demand ESG data sets that give them marketing differentiation, ways to reduce risk, and opportunities to generate alpha. They are likely to use several data sets and combine them in a proprietary way, as they seek to make their understanding of ESG data part of their competitive advantage in the investment marketplace.

CSRHub ESG Business Intelligence

For more information on accessing ESG ratings via the CSRHub ESG Business Intelligence data feed, please visit the Open:FactSet Marketplace.

 

 

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.

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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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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