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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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ESG Coverage Is Improving

[fa icon="calendar'] May 10, 2019 10:21:52 AM / by Bahar Gidwani

We recently reviewed the ESG coverage status for the 8,686 companies in the MSCI ACWI (All Country World Index).  The ACWI is a popular benchmark for many investors, because it includes approximately 85% of the global opportunities for equity investment.  We felt it would be useful to see how much ESG information is currently available on the companies on this type of broad index.

CSRHub aggregates ESG data from more than 600 sources.  Each source has a different coverage universe.  By combining these universes, we have been able to offer full or partial ratings on 18,000 companies and know that there is at least some information on another 13,000 companies.

As you can see from the table below, we have reached the point where there is CSRHub ESG data on 95% of the companies and 99% of the “weighted value” in the Index.  5,777 companies (81% of the index weight) have full CSRHub scores (overall rating and scores for Community, Employees, Environment, and Governance factors).  Another 1,116 companies (13%) have partial scores while 1,324 companies (15%) have some data, but not enough yet to allow calculation of a CSRHub rating.

MSCI All Country World Index Analysis

We do not have data on the past components for this Index.  However, we can look at the status for the current companies over the past five years.  (CSRHub data reaches back to 2008.)  As you can see below, there has been a dramatic improvement in the number of companies with ESG data over this time period.

CSRHub ESG Ratings Data More Entities

One benefit of this increase in coverage is that ESG ratings can now be extended to cover corporate bond and high-yield debt portfolios.  In a recent study of one such portfolio, we found full or partial ESG ratings in CSRHub on 1,681 of 1,789 holdings—94% coverage.  It remains difficult to put ESG scores on sovereign and municipal bond issues.  However, we have ratings now on many universities, cities, and states.  We may also be able to impute a rating for a locality, based on the ratings of the companies that are headquartered there.

One of the excuses made for not integrating ESG information into corporate or investor decision-making has been that there are too many gaps in ESG data.  It appears that the hard work of ESG sources around the world are gradually filling in these gaps so that we can create a consistent and holistic view of relative ESG performance for a wide range of entities.

 

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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 data points from data sources including leading ESG analyst databases. Our patented algorithm aggregates, normalizes, and weights data to rate 18,000 companies in countries across 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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