Scrambled ESGs: Growth Prompts Calls for ESG Standards

Joanne Faulkner investigates changing attitudes towards ESG investments, and the resulting growth in demand for ESG data.

ESG data—sometimes called “non-financial” data, despite the fact that these data points have financial consequences that are arguably no less important than “traditional” data when assessing a company’s financial prospects—measures a range of factors about a company, including carbon emissions, human rights policies, staff turnover, and corporate governance. In the past this may have been used only to promote sustainable business practices, but investors are increasingly seeing ESG, or sustainab

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