About Scientific Beta
Scientific Beta aims to be the first provider of a smart factor and ESG/climate index platform to help investors understand and invest in advanced factor and ESG/climate equity strategies. Established by EDHEC-Risk Institute, one of the top academic institutions in the field of fundamental and applied research for the investment industry, Scientific Beta shares the same concern for scientific rigour and veracity, which it applies to all the services that it offers investors and asset managers.
On January 31, 2020, Singapore Exchange (SGX) acquired a majority stake in Scientific Beta. SGX is maintaining the strong collaboration with EDHEC Business School, and principles of independent, empirical-based academic research, that have benefited Scientific Beta’s development to date. Since 2015, Scientific Beta has also been offering highly advanced strategies in the area of ESG and climate change, whether involving options integrated into smart beta indices or pure ESG or climate investing benchmarks.
The Scientific Beta offering covers three major services:
- Scientific Beta Indices
Scientific Beta Indices are smart beta indices that aim to be the reference for the investment and analysis of alternative beta and ESG strategies.
Within the framework of Smart Beta 2.0 offerings, Scientific Beta provides access to smart factor indices, which give exposure to risk factors that are well rewarded over the long term while at the same time diversifying away unrewarded specific risks. By combining these smart factor indices, one can design very high performance passive investment solutions. Since 2015, Scientific Beta has also been offering highly advanced strategies in the area of ESG and climate change, whether involving options integrated into smart beta indices or pure ESG or climate investing benchmarks.
- Scientific Beta Analytics
Scientific Beta Analytics are detailed analytics and exhaustive information on its smart beta indices to allow investors to evaluate the advanced beta strategies in terms of risk and performance in the financial and extra-financial dimensions.
- Scientific Beta Fully-Customised Benchmarks is a service proposed by Scientific Beta, and its partners, in the context of an advisory relationship for the construction and implementation of benchmarks specially designed to meet the specific objectives and constraints of investors and asset managers. This service notably offers the possibility of determining specific combinations of financial and ESG objectives and to choose the most appropriate methodological options for these objectives.
With a concern to provide worldwide client servicing, Scientific Beta is present in Boston, London, Nice, Singapore and Tokyo. As of December 31, 2020, the Scientific Beta indices corresponded to USD 57.7bn in assets under replication. Scientific Beta has a dedicated team of 55 people who cover not only client support from Nice, Singapore and Boston, but also the development, production and promotion of its index offering. Scientific Beta signed the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) on September 27, 2016. Scientific Beta became an associate member of the Institutional Investor Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) on April 9, 2021.
Today, Scientific Beta is devoting more than 40% of its R&D investment to Climate Investing and more than 45% of its assets under replication refer to indices with an ESG or Climate flavour. As a complement to its own research, Scientific Beta supports an important research initiative developed by EDHEC on ESG and climate investing and cooperates with V.E and ISS ESG for the construction of its ESG and climate indices.
On November 27, 2018, Scientific Beta was presented with the Risk Award for Indexing Firm of the Year 2019 by the prestigious professional publication Risk Magazine. On October 31, 2019, Scientific Beta received the Professional Pensions Investment Award for “Equity Factor Index Provider of the Year 2019.”