The ESG Holy Grail doesn’t exist… yet

As buy-side firms strive to stand out in a maturing ESG-driven market, they will look for data in areas where coverage is still poor.

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Now that most of the buy side offers investment products that have some kind of ESG slant—whether impact investment funds containing a mix of assets such as green bonds, or equities portfolios that screen out major polluters—funds are looking to differentiate themselves. To do so, it seems they are going to want increasingly specialized ESG data: more data on public companies to bolster ratings, and data on private and emerging markets, where disclosure is thin or non-existent. 

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