ESG investing and the great data challenge

Sustainable investment is booming, but many investors struggle to access robust data on companies’ ESG performance. Financial market operators must step up and fill the information gap.

While the growth of sustainable investment continues apace, investors are becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of high-quality, comprehensive and trustworthy data to assist them in their decision-making processes. A survey of almost 200 global asset owners by London Stock Exchange Group subsidiary FTSE Russell found 59 per cent were concerned about the lack of standardisation in ESG data, scores and ratings.

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