Sustainalytics ESG Research Now Available on Bloomberg

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TORONTO, May 27, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, Sustainalytics announces that its environmental, social and governance (ESG) research assessments are now available to the more than 320,000 subscribers of the Bloomberg Professional service. As a third-party ESG research provider, Sustainalytics will offer clients that subscribe to both platforms access to a subset of Sustainalytics' ESG ratings and coverage.

"The inclusion of ESG information on platforms such as Bloomberg is yet another positive indication of the mainstreaming of sustainability in capital markets," said Michael Jantzi, CEO of Sustainalytics. "Having corporate ESG performance data housed alongside more traditional financial information allows investors to more easily integrate ESG factors into their fundamental analysis."

Through the Bloomberg Professional service, users can deliver Sustainalytics' assessments, alongside market data and other third-party and company reported ESG data, into a Microsoft Office document to fuel proprietary ESG models, research and reports.

Sustainalytics' proprietary indicators will provide investors with a macro level assessment of how companies are managing their ESG capital. All Bloomberg users will have access to high-level company scores and percentile rankings across the environmental, social and governance dimensions. Clients that subscribe to both platforms will have access to more in-depth assessments of approximately 1,600 global, developed market companies, ranked against their industry peers across 15 performance indicators, including:

  • Thematic and overall Environmental, Social and Governance scores,
  • Momentum indicators, which reflect ESG trends scores over time,
  • Controversy assessments, identifying high-profile environmental, social or governance incidents involving the company,
  • Preparedness, Disclosure, and Performance assessments which offer investors insights into a company's ESG management and risk exposure,
  • Product involvement indicators highlighting company exposure to a list of 11 product lines, such as tobacco, nuclear power generation or military contracting.

To improve analysis and better identify trends over time, historical scores dating back to 2009 will also be made available in the coming months.

"We have seen the number of customers using ESG data increase at an annual rate of 48%, which means that there is a growing demand for this type of information," said Curtis Ravenel, Global Head, Sustainability Initiatives at Bloomberg. "It is becoming a critical element in the decision making process of investors and more specifically our customers and the collaboration with Sustainalytics will enhance our offering on the Bloomberg Professional service."

For more information about accessing Sustainalytics ESG research data via your Bloomberg Professional Services account, Sustainalytics and Bloomberg users should contact their account managers.

About Sustainalytics

Sustainalytics is an independent ESG research and analysis firm supporting investors around the world with the development and implementation of responsible investment strategies. The firm partners with institutional investors who integrate environmental, social and governance information and assessments into their investment decisions.

Headquartered in Amsterdam, Sustainalytics has offices in Boston, Bucharest, Frankfurt, London, Paris, Singapore, Timisoara and Toronto, and representatives in Bogotá, Brussels, Copenhagen, New York City and San Francisco. The firm has 160 staff members, including more than 100 analysts with varied multidisciplinary expertise and thorough understanding of more than 40 industries. In 2012 and 2013, Sustainalytics was voted best independent sustainable and responsible investment research firm in the Thomson Reuters Extel's IRRI survey. www.sustainalytics.com.

About Bloomberg

Bloomberg, the global business and financial information and news leader, gives influential decision makers a critical edge by connecting them to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas. The company's strength – delivering data, news and analytics through innovative technology, quickly and accurately – is at the core of the Bloomberg Professional service, which provides real time financial information to more than 320,000 subscribers globally. Headquartered in New York, Bloomberg employs more than 15,500 people in 192 locations around the world.

Bloomberg's environmental, social and governance (ESG) news, data and research are a fully integrated feature of the Bloomberg Professional service. Data for over 10,000 companies, ranging from emissions and energy consumption to accident rates and board independence, is displayed in the same screen as the fundamental data that investors, analysts and corporate executives use every day. ESG data is compatible with all of Bloomberg's cutting edge analytics to better compare companies on ESG metrics. www.bloomberg.com.

Melissa Chase
Sustainalytics

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