Nasdaq Looks to Contextualize ESG Ratings

The exchange's ESG Footprint converts ESG data into everyday metrics to show investors the impact of their portfolios.


Without context, an environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factor is just a number on a screen. In May, to help contextualize these incredibly varied datasets, Nasdaq released a new tool—dubbed ESG Footprint—that allows investors to track the ESG impact of a company or portfolio of companies, cataloging sustainability criteria like carbon footprint, board diversity, and companies flagged for human rights issues.

For ESG Footprint, Nasdaq teamed up with Danish vendor Matter, helping the

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