CSRHub Blog Research on ESG metrics and comments on sustainability best practice

CSRHub Simplifies Sustainability Benchmarking: An Interview with CSRHub Co-founder Cynthia Figge

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 4, 2014 9:35:51 AM / by CSRHub Blogging

As previously seen in the WiznessBlog.


Wizness and CSRHub have joined forces to simplify sustainability benchmarking against Cynthia Figge, Co-founder and COO of CSRHubcompetitors. CSRHub co-founder Cynthia Figge answered questions about her company and how the new benchmarking product will benefit users.

Q: What is CSRHub’s goal and purpose?

A:  CSRHub aggregates information about corporate social performance into one place so companies and individuals can track sustainability worldwide. It’s the first easy way to discover how companies perform and compare on sustainability and CSR issues.


Q: What was the genesis of CSRHub?

A: My partner Bahar Gidwani and I founded CSRHub in 2007 to solve the CSR data problem. Back then, there were many often conflicting data sources – sound familiar? We were the first company to recognize that the growing body of CSR information would soon require a Big Data solution. We figured out how to combine the data into a single rating that incorporates an ever-growing number of sources. We started with the premier environment, social, governance, the ESG firms, also known as socially responsible investment or SRI — we aggregate nine now — and added data from 300 sources so far and counting, NGOs plus government agencies, social networking groups, indexes and publishers. Our proprietary tools combine more than 60 million pieces of data on sustainability and CSR performance into a consistent set of ratings.

Q: Who are CSRHub major ESG/SRI data sources?

A: Our sources include premier ESG organizations ASSET4 (Thomson Reuters), CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project), EIRIS, GovernanceMetrics International, IW Financial, MSCI (ESG Intangible Value Assessment and ESG Impact Monitor), RepRisk, Trucost and Vigeo.

Q: What is the CSRHub schema?

A: Our data schema lays it out in detail, but generally our ratings are based on four categories: Environment, Employees, Community, and Governance. Each category has three subcategories. For example, within the Environment category there are Environmental Policy and Reporting, Energy and Climate Change, Resource Management. For Employees, Diversity and Labor Rights, Compensation and Benefits, Training Health and Safety, and so on.

Q: How are people using CSRHub ratings?

A: The market uses us for six applications:

First, for benchmarking. Our ratings and analysis tool covers 9,296 companies across 135 industries to track competitors over time.

A lot of our users analyze performance by stakeholder for CSR and Sustainability Reports. We offer a, single powerful interface to over 348 sources of information.

Professors and students conduct academic research and projects. Our tool analyzes six years of data and over 60 million data points, and is currently used in hundreds of universities globally.

Sustainability is increasingly important to company brand. Companies use us to build authentic brand values and increase customer loyalty.

CSRHub is used to build a world-class sustainable supply chain. Our APIs can map into a company’s supply chain network across 106 countries.

Finally, we find that sustainability performance is increasingly a factor in economic decisions. People search for places to work, brands to buy, and partners to support based on their values.

Q: How does CSRHub enable comparisons between companies? Can we really integrate apples and oranges?

A: The CSRHub schema maps data elements from all these data sources into the twelve subcategories, then aggregates and normalizes the data for comparability. The schema isn’t unique, but the aggregation and normalizing absolutely is. Bahar and I together had the perfect skillset to attack this challenge. We met at Harvard Business School. I went on to cofound EKOS International, one of the first consultancies to integrate sustainability and corporate strategy, way back in 1996 if you can believe it. Bahar has a CFA and built and ran Web-based and technology-based businesses on Wall Street with Kidder, Peabody and for McKinsey.

Q: Why is knowing my CSRHub rating and ranking in my industry important?

A: Benchmarking is key to competing successfully and creating value. Knowing your CSRHub rating and ranking enables your company to gain an independent perspective about how well you perform compared to other companies, identify specific areas for improvement, and monitor company CSR performance over time. Integrating CSRHub benchmarking across divisions enables a company to prioritize improvements and provide greater transparency of progress.

Q: How will CSRHub and Wizness work together?

A: CSRHub and Wizness are collaborating to create a Benchmark Template Report available on the Wizness Publisher website. Our reports will be streamlined, digital, social and mobile solutions for key stakeholders interested in sustainability data and progress.

Q: When will this benchmarking tool be available?

A: An early preview of the report is available now in PDF form at the following address: https://publisher.wizness.com/csrhub

Photo courtesy of Wizness.

CSRHub provides access to corporate social responsibility and sustainability ratings and information on 9,200+ companies from 135 industries in 106 countries. By aggregating and normalizing the information from 348 data sources, CSRHub has created a broad, consistent rating system and a searchable database that links millions of rating elements back to their source. Managers, researchers and activists use CSRHub to benchmark company performance, learn how stakeholders evaluate company CSR practices and seek ways to change the world.


Read More [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]

[fa icon="comment"] 0 Comments posted in Big Data solution, community, Compensation and Benefits, CSR, CSRHub schema, Cynthia Figge, Diversity and Labor Rights, EIRIS, Energy and Climate Change, Environmental Policy and Reporting, ESG, governance, GovernanceMetrics International, sustainability benchmarking, Wizness, RepRisk, Uncategorized, IW Financial, MSCI, NGO, Resource Management, Trucost, Vigeo, CDP, employees, environment, SRI, Thomson Reuters, Training Health and Safety

CSR Investing Summit: Measuring Responsible Leadership

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 11, 2013 9:40:19 AM / by CSRHub Blogging

CSR Investing Summit

CSRHub is proud to sponsor this event and share this invitation.

CSR Investing Summit: Measuring Responsible Leadership

Your Invitation for Tuesday April 23, 2013

When:      8:00 AM - 6:30 PM


Thomson Reuters Building

3 Times Square, 30th Floor

New York, NY 10036

(7th Avenue bet 42nd & 43rd Sts)

Why:         To gather practitioners from different disciplines to discuss experiences and viewpoints on how to define, manage, and measure corporate responsibility

What:       Full-day event including ten all-expert presentations and panel discussions. Continental breakfast, buffet lunch, cocktails, and other refreshments are also included

Featured Speakers include:

  • Kevin Anton, Chief Sustainability Officer, Alcoa
  • Marlys Appleton, Former Sustainability Committee Chair, AIG Global Investment Group and President & CEO, Appleton Investments
  • Bruce Chadwick, Principal. Chadwick Global Consulting
  • Stephen Davis, Associate Director and Senior Fellow, Harvard Law School Programs on Corporate Governance and Institutional Investors
  • Indrani De, Director of Quantitative Research, New Amsterdam Partners
  • Michael Garland, Assistant Comptroller for ESG, New York City Office of the Comptroller
  • Erika Karp, Head of Global Sector Research, UBS Investment Bank
  • Joseph Kinard, Investment Committee Member, Board of Pensions and Presbyterian USA Pension Fund
  • Dinah Koehler, Senior Manager – Sustainability, Deloitte
  • Stan Litow, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs and President, IBM International Foundation
  • Linda Lowson, Esq., Global ESG Regulatory Academy
  • Jon Lukomnik, Executive Director, IRRC Institute
  • Karen McArthur, Global Head of Corporate of Social Responsibility, Thomson Reuters
  • Dirk Olin, Editor-in-Chief, Corporate Responsibility Magazine
  • Jon Quigley, Senior Portfolio Manager, Advanced Investment Partners
  • Jayandri Rajamony, Senior Partner, Numeric Investors
  • Jessica Sobel, North American Sustainable Living Manager, Unilever
  • Amy Resnick, Executive Editor, Pensions & Investments
  • Charles Wankel, Professor of Management, St. John's University
  • John Wilson, Director of Corporate Governance, TIAA-CREF 
  • Deborah Zaberenko, Environmental Correspondent, Reuters News Services

...and more to be announced

Official Conference Website and Full Agenda

Admission will be limited to the first 100 registrants.

Fee; $395; $50 Early Bird Discount for registrations completed by April 12, 2013

You have personally been selected to receive this invitation to register at $195, a better than 50% discount.  $50 Early Bird discount still applies.  Moreover, if you are affiliated with an asset manager with more than $0.5 bilion under management, please e-mail hblank@snetworkllc.com.

Complimentary passes available to qualifying members of the financial media and to investment officers from plan sponsors, endowments, foundations and CSR and Sustainability Officers for corporations. 

If interested, please email Lindsey Lachman, Marketing Director, at llachman@snetworkllc.com

Questions? Call Herb Blank at 917-992-7852 - We hope to see you there.


Read More [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]

[fa icon="comment"] 0 Comments posted in CSR, CSR Investing Summit, Uncategorized, investing, Thomson Reuters

Subscribe to Email Updates

Lists by Topic

see all

Posts by Topic

see all

Recent Posts