Beyond ratings: Vendors look to fill ESG data gaps

Start-ups and non-traditional data providers are exploiting niches where investment professionals can't rely on ratings.

river ESG

Sam Duncan and Dinah Koehler founded an environmental, social and governance (ESG) data start-up in 2018, but before that, both worked in firms that focused on impact investing—Leapfrog Investments and UBS’s sustainable equities team, respectively. In these roles, they struggled to obtain quantitative data that gave a holistic picture on ESG performance or risk of assets in impact portfolios.

“When we went on the search for quantitative facts on absolute CO2 emissions, for example, or absolute

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