Data Standardization Remains Top ESG Roadblock

As asset managers seek to incorporate ESG factors into their portfolios, they are facing challenges—particularly around data consistency. Some say custodians could offer solutions.

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“Data remains the number one barrier,” to adopting strong environmental, social, governance (ESG) portfolios, says Florence Fontan, head of asset owners at BNP Paribas Securities Services.

Based on the recent ESG Global Survey 2019 conducted by BNP Paribas Securities Services, which includes responses from over 347 asset managers and asset owners with assets under management ranging from $1 billion to over $25 billion, two-thirds of respondents cited data as one of the biggest challenges in the

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