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Jul 04, 2019

SSGA's ESG data challenge

While many investors are looking at ESG as a screen for long-term value creation, Rakhi Kumar and Ali Weiner outline the challenges they face in getting objective and accurate ESG data
Quality data about companies’ ESG practices is critical for effective investment analysis. The lack of standardization and transparency in ESG reporting and scoring presents major challenges for investors. Third-party ESG data providers play an important role, but there are limitations with this data – especially in terms of differing methodologies that lead to variance in scores – that asset owners should understand. Moreover, there is a lack of market infrastructure that can give companies

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Alison Weiner

Alison Weiner

Investment manager, ESG investment strategist, State Street Global Advisors
Rakhi Kumar

Rakhi Kumar

Senior managing director, head of ESG investments and asset stewardship, State Street Global Advisors