Research and investor relations consultancy Edison Group has launched a new set of ESG reports amid growing interest in the sector.
The Edison ESG Edge reports will review a company’s individual ESG performance and trajectory across the most significant and stringent criteria, including future performance indicators.
The launch comes amid growing interest in ESG investing, with flows into ESG funds up 102% over 2020 and this trend expected to continue in 2021. However, Edison Group said the majority of ESG information available is only reaching large institutional investors, leaving many other investor groups and retail investors overlooked.
The new reports will evaluate companies across 10 different factors including strategy; peer benchmarking; ESG SWOT; rebalance scores; environmental performance insight; social responsibility scorecard; socio-political performance; governance scorecard; stakeholder analysis and ESG risk and VaR. In addition, they will provide in-depth management and employee interviews.
The reports will be available to all specialist and boutique institutions, as well as family offices, wealth managers, retail investors and large institutions.
Neil Shah, managing director, content and client strategy, Edison Group, said: “While ESG investing is certainly now mainstream most investors do not have access to the level of information they need or the resources to analyse fully ESG data, which is critical for them to make the most informed investment decisions.
“With our Edison ESG Edge reports we address this issue and provide the standardisation of data and the analysis to allow them to accurately assess companies against ESG criteria. Democratising access to ESG data benefits both the companies seeking to prove their ESG credentials as well as the investors looking to commit capital to them, making for more transparent capital markets, which will ensure that, from an ESG perspective, funds flow to the most deserving companies.”